SixTwelve Brewing


SixTwelve Brewing

3/132 Tolley Road
St Agnes
SA 5097

0460 956 700
Open Hours

Thursday: 3pm to 9pm
Fri & Sat: midday to 10pm
Sunday: midday to 5pm

Stretch, beanstalk, string bean, lanky, big fella, tiny and Goliath… All are nicknames Brad Reid has been given over the years and the reason is obvious: he looms large at 213cm (or seven feet / six feet twelve if you prefer these things imperial).

Along with wife Alle, Brad launched SixTwelve Brewing in December 2020 when Alle was made redundant during the early months of the COVID pandemic. They’d always told each other that if one of them was ever to be made redundant they would start a brewery – and they kept their promise.

Previously, Alle worked in project management and Brad was a business analyst, two professions that stood them in good stead when it came to developing their business, especially early on.

They opened their brewery and taproom under one roof in St Agnes, initially operating a nanobrewery setup to test the waters. Their first beers were created on a 100L system and poured within earshot, but it wasn’t long before they outgrew capacity thanks to strong demand from their local community: they hit the first year’s goals laid out in their business plan within six months and had to revise their ambitions upwards.

In came a 200L system but, again, this proved short-lived: less than two years after launching, they needed more fermenting space and a bigger system. They invested in a 500L brewhouse and a range of 2,000L, 1,000L and 500l fermenters, which meant they’d not only outgrown their brewing capacity but also the space in which the original breweries had sat.

As a result, since late 2022, production has expanded to a separate facility in Holden Hill, where they’ve also set up a barrel program. Brad retains the head brewer tag, bringing years of homebrewing experience prior to his SixTwelve days to the table, with Dylan Randall by his side. Previously a brewer at Vale / Fox Hat, having spent time before that with UK brewing icons Fuller’s, Dylan lives around the corner from the taphouse and was already a regular at the bar.

Back in St Agnes, you'll find the taphouse sharing a space that was formerly a car garage with a gym and a coffee roaster; the latter has collaborated several times with SixTwelve. Twelve taps – up from an initial ten – pour the core range along with a forever-evolving lineup of limited releases, a homemade hard lemonade and a local cider.

Even without those limited releases, the core range touches many bases, starting small with a raspberry gose, pale mid and a 4.5 percent ABV German style lager, before moving through American pale, West Coast IPA, NEIPA, red rye IPA and dry Irish stout.

Live music features heavily come the weekend, and is just one of many features keeping the local community entertained. There’s a trivia night on Thursdays, Friday night meat tray raffles, and a popular members program, aptly named The 7 Foot Society.

SixTwelve have also teamed up with the crew from Snob, who have opened their own kitchen at the taproom with an extensive, seasonally-changing menu of 50-plus items curated to celebrate the harmonious marriage of food, beer and spirits.

They're not the only additions, either. In the huge shed next door to the taproom is Barcade, an entertainment and function centre that tugs at the nostalgic heartstrings, taking Brad and the crew back to their childhood days... but with added beer.

There, you'll find several pinball machines, old school arcade games, two-person kart races, a bit of golf, air hockey, pool, competitive basketball hoops and more. The offering is always changing based on demand, with an option to expand to fill the entire 200-capacity shed in the future.

Another extension of the SixTwelve family is Five Eleven Distilling, who launched their range of carefully crafted products in late 2022. The taproom takes pride in serving a variety of their authentic grain-to-bottle spirits; this includes a range of vodka, gin, and liqueurs, all produced using the highest quality ingredients and meticulous production processes.

It might have been a tall order starting afresh in a new industry at a time when the world was in turmoil but it hasn’t taken long for Brad, Alle and the SixTwelve team to cement a place in Adelaide’s beer scene, looming large in the previously craft beer-starved St Agnes area.

Matt King

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Stories featuring SixTwelve Brewing

Core Range

SixTwelve Brewing Little Fella Lager
German Pilsner
SixTwelve Brewing Big Fella Red Rye IPA
Red Rye IPA
SixTwelve Brewing Goliath NEIPA
SixTwelve Brewing Beanstalk Pale Ale
American Pale Ale
SixTwelve Brewing Lanky Stout
SixTwelve Brewing Lurch West Coast IPA
West Coast IPA
SixTwelve Brewing Stretch Session Ale
Session Ale
SixTwelve Brewing Tiny Raspberry Gose
Raspberry Sour
SixTwelve Brewing Draught

Limited Releases

SixTwelve Brewing Tall Order Series: Barrel-Fermented Saison
Barrel-Fermented Blueberry Saison
SixTwelve x BeerNoEvil Head Crusher
Triple West Coast IPA
SixTwelve Brewing David, Rude Giant & JuBEERlation
Session NEIPA, Oat Cream IIPA & Triple IPA
3.5% & 8.0% & 10.0%
SixTwelve Brewing Palm Trees & Power Lines
West Coast Pale Ale
SixTwelve Brewing Really Big Fella
Double Red Rye IPA