Little Bang Brewing

Brewer

Name
Little Bang Brewing
Address

25 Henry Street
Stepney
SA 5069

Phone
(08) 8362 7761
Open Hours

Wed & Thurs: 5pm to 10pm
Fri & Sat: midday to 10pm
Sunday: midday to 6pm

Regular events

Wed: Quiz Night
Monthly: New episodes on their YouTube channel

Tours

Yes! Get in touch for details

Before Little Bang Brewing came into existence, Fil Kemp and Ryan Davidson tapped keys rather than kegs, developed video game characters rather than beer recipes, worked with code rather than Columbus. Then, in 2014, the avid homebrewers made the step from one industry where people – not least them – proudly wear the tag “geek” to one where, well, they could work on satisfying an altogether different type of geek†.

The move from making video games to Fil’s backyard shed was something of a gamble, not least because the pair wasn’t fully away as to what they’d gotten themselves into. But, with the Australian games industry having fallen apart, leading them to jobs as a refrigeration mechanic and beer rep respectively, scaling up their recipes and testing them on Adelaide’s beer drinking community seemed one worth taking. Worst case scenario? They’d have plenty of beer they wanted to drink on hand at a fraction of the cost of buying it.

For two years, armed with equipment made up of repurposed wine making gear, some homemade additions and a couple of new inventions, the shed was Little Bang’s home. But, with the South Australian public loving what they made, and beer running out frequently, this small backyard brewery could contain them no longer.

Fil was sick of Ryan’s sweaty body rubbing up against his as they moved around the shed; Ryan was sick of lifting long hoses; it was time for an upgrade. So, in 2015, Little Bang Brewing moved into a small warehouse that allowed them to add two new fermenters and a cellar door. The move not only allowed for increased capacity (and less physical proximity) but also enabled them to develop a local community following. A year later, another mash tun was purchased too, this time one intended for making beer rather than wine.

At the end of 2018, it was time to move again to a new space in Stepney. So, after thousands of beers, dozens of food truck visits, many a legendary party and good times galore, they took up residence in their biggest space yet. It's one that's allowed for more beer, the opening of a Little Bang kitchen, more barrels, more space for customers, including a mezzanine overlooking it all, and, well, more of everything you've come to know the Little Bangers for.

As for the beers, it’s fair to say little is off bounds. Sure, there’s regular releases but they’ve made their name as much through beers such as the Galactopus barley wine (with said Galactopus adorning one wall of the brewery) Scratchy Vinyl black IPA, can design-winning Face Inverter sour, various barrel-aged, mixed-ferment, beer-wine hybrids and much more besides; they’re not averse to collaborations either.

The naming, conception and artwork behind the beers, which these days come in some of the most eye-catching cans in the country, tend to be shot through with lashings of off kilter humour – as you’d expect after five minutes in conversation with Fil and Ryan, two of the sharper and more thoughtful minds in the local industry. Just don’t be surprised if you have to ask for an explanation to get to the root of some of the multilayered jokes at play.

It’s been a pretty rapid ascent, particularly as it’s one that’s been made without compromise. But it doesn’t take long in their company to understand how seamlessly they’ve transitioned their passionate geekery from one industry to another.

As of June 2022, the business entered a new phase too as Little Bang was acquired by SA hotel group Duxton Pubs Group, which brought ex-Uraidla main man Oscar Matthews into the fold. You can read about that here.

We’re actually pretty sure the Venn Diagram showing video game designers and craft beer aficionados wouldn’t be too far off a perfect circle…

Matt King

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Core Range

Little Bang Spacer & The Perfect Pale Ale
Alcohol-Free APA & Aussie Pale
<0.5% & 4.1%
Little Bang Brewing Scratchy Vinyl
Black IPA
6.0%
Little Bang Little Banger Super Session Ale
Session Ale
3.0%
Little Bang Brewing The Pinkening
Hibiscus Session Sour
3.0%
Little Bang Brewing Naked Objector
West Coast IPA
6.5%
Little Bang Brewing Icon
Hoppy Steam Ale
5.0%
Little Bang Brewing Happy Apples
Apple Cider
5.0%
Little Bang Brewing Happyland
Summer Ale
4.5%
Little Bang Brewing Undercover Fashion Police
Hazy Pale Ale
5.1%
Little Bang Brewing Face Inverter
Citrus Sour
5.0%

Limited Releases

Little Bang Bliss Point & Emotional Rescue
Hazy IPA & DDH DIPA
7.2% & 9.4%
Little Bang Retro Feels New World West Coast IIPA
West Coast IIPA
7.8%
Little Bang Love Bomb Oat Cream DIPA
Oat Cream Double IPA
8.2%
Little Bang Brewing & Banks Colorado Weed Money
Oat Cream Pale
4.9%
Little Bang Brewing Lupulus Verde & Zero Kelvin
Dry-Hopped Sour & Cold IPA
4.4% & 7.1%
Little Bang Brewing Tangent #4
Barrel-Aged Sour Blend
7.4%
Little Bang Brewing 12,000 Hazy IPAs
Hazy IPA
6.3%
Little Bang Brewing Zingibeer
Ginger Beer
4.4%
Little Bang The Passion Of The Schwang & UFP 12: The Froth Element
Pass & NEIPA
3.0% & 5.2%
Little Bang Experimental Barrel Series: Tangent #3
Blended Barrel-Aged Sour Ale
9.2%
Little Bang Brewing Undercover Fashion Police 11: Hopocalypse Now
NEIPA
5.1%
Little Bang Brewing Undercover Fashion Police 10: Haze of Thunder
Double NEIPA
9.1%
Little Bang Brewing Undercover Fashion Police 9: The Hops Must Be Hazy
NEIPA
5.7%
Little Bang Brewing Chipotle Panther
Smoked Chilli Chocolate Porter
6.5%
Little Bang Brewing Schwang Black Label
Imperial Mixed Berry Sour
8.0%
Little Bang Brewing Tangent #2 (formerly Rabbit Hole #2)
Blended, Barrel-Aged Sour Ale
6.5%
Little Bang Brewing Schwangermelon
Watermelon Sour
3.0%
Little Bang Brewing Tangent #1: Gin/Shiraz Barrel Saison (formerly Rabbit Hole #1)
Barrel-Aged Saison
4.4%
Little Bang Brewing Schwangberry & Guava sNEIPA
Raspberry Sour / Sour NEIPA
3.0% / 5.1%
Little Bang Brewing Inside Voice
Foreign Extra Stout
5.7%
Little Bang & Collective Arts Road Tripper Double IPA
West Coast IIPA
8.1%
Little Bang Dark Arts & Sludgebeast
Chocolate & Imperial Stouts
6.3% & 12.0%
Little Bang Brewing Schwang Tangerine Sour
Tangerine Berliner Weisse
3.0%
Little Bang Brewing Exoplanet
New World Pilsner
5.0%
Little Bang Brewing Mango sNEIPA
Sour Mango NEIPA
5.1%
Little Bang & Brewboys Simmo
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
13.0%
Little Bang Brewing Ira
India Red Ale
6.0%
Little Bang Galactopus Barleywine
American Barleywine
10.1%
Little Bang & Rio Coffee Breakfast At Stepney
Coffee Oatmeal Stout
6.0%
Little Bang Brewing Geezer Pleaser ESB
ESB
5.5%
Little Bang Brewing Fancy
Farmhouse Ale With Grapes
7.4%
Little Bang Brewing 50 Dalrymples
Double IPA
8.5%
Little Bang Brewing May Contain Traces Of Panther
Chocolate Porter
6.5%