Pikes Beer Company


Pikes Beer Company

233 Polish Hill River Road
Polish Hill River
SA 5453

(08) 8843 4370
Open Hours

10am to 4pm


Tours by appointment only

The Pike family's story begins a long time ago; indeed, the brewery’s foundations were laid long before any of us were even born. Theirs is a tale of long distance ocean travel, all in the hope of starting life anew in Australia and creating a long lasting legacy.

It all began in 1878, when a 41-year-old Henry Pike arrived in South Australia from Dorset, England, aboard a ship called the Oaklands. A jack of all trades, he soon found work as a carpenter, a joiner, a builder and even an undertaker, a career that ultimately saw him assisting with the expansion of the Johnston brewery at Oakbank in the Adelaide Hills.

Prior to arriving in Australia, Henry had learnt about brewing from his mother, Emma, when he was just a boy, as she believed it would be handy skill later in life. And, when he first attempted a few hobby batches, he enjoyed instant success; the beer was so popular, in fact, that he was persuaded to make more. So he did, resulting in the launch of the "Dorset" Brewery.

In 1885, Henry and his wife Emma bought land on Elizabeth Street in Oakbank, which would later be used to house his brewery. The same year, the company name H Pike and Son (the son being Walter Pike) was made official. The brewhouse arrived the following year and between the years 1886 and 1900 the brewery continued to expand, with additional houses built and more land purchased.

Ale was delivered throughout the area via a pony drawn cart. A five-gallon keg would cost seven shillings and sixpence, a dozen ales four shillings – five for the fully matured ale. The brewery continued to be an integral part of the area for many years and the Pikes name was so successful they started buying hotels at which to serve their beer: Duke of York, Crafers Hotel, Hahndorf Arms, Belair Hotel and the Railway Hotel to name just a few.

As time went on, the company passed from generation to generation until 1973, when the brewery was sold at auction and promptly went out of business. By then the Pikes name had found its way into the wine industry through fourth generation Australian Edgar Pike, who had established himself as a vineyard manager and private grape grower. Together with his two sons Neil and Andrew, and Andrew's wife Cathy, he launched Pike’s Wines in 1984 in the Polish Hill River region of the Clare Valley.

It wasn’t too long – at least in the grand scale of the Pike family’s brewing legacy – before it started all over again. In 1996, the family began having beer produced for them under contract before, in late 2014, they brought it back to the Clare Valley where they’d installed a brand new 20 hectolitre Italian brewhouse.

The family’s brewing tradition continues firsthand to this day, with Alister Pike overseeing the brewery. The core range is made up of a pale ale, a stout, an IPA and a pilsner while the brewery’s regular limited releases give the team a chance to really experiment with styles and ingredients and brew the kind of beer that the early Pike brewers might not quite recognise as beer. In early 2021, the brewery started canning too, giving the iconic fish that adorns their labels a fresh new look.

You can sample them all at the source, with the brewery operating a cellar door operation that's open seven days a week and allows you to delve deeper into the family's unique history while working your way through the lineup. The Pikes home was given a serious renovation and expansion in 2018 too, making it an even more welcoming stop for anyone touring the region.

Set on the vine-covered plains of the Polish Hill River, it's a resurrection of a brewing tradition nearly 140 years old that ensures the legacy of Henry Pike and his mother lives on.

Matt King

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Core Range

Pikes Beer Co IPA
Pikes Beer Co Pale Ale
Pale Ale
Pikes Beer Co Pilsener
Pale Lager
Pikes Beer Co Stout
Pikes Beer Co Mid-North Draught
Mid-Strength Australian Lager

Limited Releases

Pikes Beer Co Strawberries & Cream Sour
Fruit Cream Sour
Pikes Beer Co West Coast IPA
West Coast IPA
Pikes Beer Co Raspberry Berliner Weisse & Hazy IPA
Raspberry Berliner Weisse & Hazy IPA
Pikes Beer Co Passionfruit Witbier & Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Imperial Saison
Fruited Witbier & Barrel-Aged Imperial Saison
5.0% & 8.1%
Pikes Beer Co American Brown Ale
American Brown Ale
Pikes Beer Co & Dawn Patrol Coffee Stout
Coffee Stout
Pikes & The Suburban Brew Chilly Bin
NZ Pilsener
Pikes Beer Co Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout & Choc Hazelnut Porter
Whisky Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout & Choc Hazelnut Porter
10.0% & 6.5%
Pikes Beer Co Red IPA 2021
Pikes Beer Co Double IPA
Double IPA
Pikes Beer Co Choc Vanilla Stout
Choc Vanilla Stout
Pikes Beer Co Split Batch IPAs: Centennial & Mosaic
6.0% & 6.8%
Pikes Beer Co Lemon Verbena & Ginger Gose
Spiced Gose
Pikes Beer Co Hazy IPA
Hazy IPA
Pikes Beer Co Belgian Quad
Barrel-Aged Belgian Quadrupel
Pikes Beer Co Red IPA
Pikes Beer Company Passionfruit Belgian Witbier
Passionfruit Witbier
Pikes Beer Company Mandarin Berliner Weisse
Mandarin Berliner Weisse
Pikes Beer Company IIPA 2018
Double IPA
Pikes Beer Company 'Merica American Pale Ale
American Pale Ale
Pikes Beer Company Double Barrel Black IPA
Barrel Aged Black IPA
Pikes Beer Company Cherry Kriek (2015)
Cherry Kriek
Pikes Sparkling Ale (2016 onwards)
Sparkling Ale
Pikes Tonic Ale (RETIRED)
Tonic Ale