Shapeshifter Brewing Co


Shapeshifter Brewing Co

Unit 2/54 Crittenden Road
SA 5023

(08) 7444 5475
Open Hours

Wed & Thurs: 4pm to 9pm
Fri & Sat: midday to 11pm
Sunday: midday to 8pm

Creativity sits at the very heart of modern craft beer yet even when brewers push boundaries they’re drawing upon millennia of traditions and knowledge.

Shapeshifter are the most modern of craft breweries, with an approach that shows just how exciting and forward-thinking those traditions can be. Their name stems from the fact that, at its core, beer is simply built upon four ingredients but, just like a creature from mythology, something that might seem straightforward at first can turn into something with a wealth of complexity.

In the right hands, those four ingredients – hops, malt, water and yeast – can be transformed into truly delicious and rewarding drinks; like a werewolf that changes under the light of a full moon, beer can be an endlessly transformative experience, for both brewer and drinker alike.

When the Adelaide brewery launched in 2019, it’s safe to say the city’s craft beer scene changed with it too. At first, however, that change came via a question: just who was behind these eye-catching cans that more often than not tended to be filled with hazy beer? The answer was James McCall and Kevin Mulcahy, who met in 2016 while studying at South Australia’s long-running TAFE microbrewing course.

James’ background in graphic design may have ensured Shapeshifter’s cans stood out from the crowd, but it was his role as head brewer that ensured the liquid inside was just as exciting. Kevin’s career came in handy too, including years working in radio, while also managing and running a variety of small businesses.

By and large, since making their debut, the brewery’s focus has been trained upon craft beer’s more experimental realms, where new hops, brewing techniques and ideas drive Shapeshifter’s releases. It’s unsurprising, then, that after the pair’s beers began appearing across Adelaide and they became fixtures at beer festivals and events, their fast-growing faithful started to ask, with something of an air of desperation: “When will you have a brewery of your own?”

The question was answered in the second half of 2021 when they opened the doors to their production brewer and taproom in the western suburb of Findon. James and Kevin might have picked the warehouse space because they knew they could turn it into a brewery, but what wasn’t as certain was whether the community would embrace it.

Fortunately, the folks of Adelaide’s west soon came out in droves, as too did those travelling from further afield to enjoy their sought-after beers while looking over the stainless within which they were brewed.

However, appealing to the wider community was always part of Shapeshifter’s vision: as such, the venue is as family-friendly as it is beer-friendly, with pinball and arcade machines, dedicated space for kids, and a whole lot of dogs there on any given afternoon. Live music, comedy shows and regular community nights that raise money to support important causes all helped the brewery become ingrained in Findon soon after the doors opened. Meanwhile, a rotating roster of food trucks ensures each night brings fresh food to pair with the mythical beers.

Of course, if you’re reading this site, while games and food trucks are all well and good, it’s likely their beers will have you most excited. And as you walk in and are greeted by a brightly-lit sign asking Are You Thirsty?, you’ll know you’ve come to the right place, one where a dozen taps pour the brewery’s creations from a bar on the right, with the 12-hectolitre brewery sitting in the back corner.

Since their brewery started firing on all cylinders, Shapeshifter beers have found their way into good beer spots not only across Adelaide, but also along the east coast. And, while much early praise was heaped upon their hazies, you’ll never want for choice whether at the taproom or when spotting their beers further afield. In particular, their dialled-in and finely-delivered lagers have impressed The Crafty Pint’s team.

Over summer 2023/24, they unveiled a new look, one they said came from "a need to evolve and create a format that's cohesive across the whole business" and to ensure their beers are "approachable and understandable for those beer drinkers that have ventured past the macro lagers and are looking for something more exciting and experimental, whilst still retaining elements of our old brand for our existing fans."

At the centre of the rebrand are the terms "beer reshaped" and "reshape the way you refresh" – a play on the Shapeshifter name – which allows them to share the inspiration behind each beer, or the reason they make them, whether it's an homage to Findon, a new hop variety or yeast strain, or a lyric from a 90s track they were listening to on brew day.

As for limited releases, they flow from the brewery at an impressive pace; many are modern IPAs, yet there’s no shortage loaded with fruit, coffee or other adjuncts, or indeed those that have spent time in barrels.

At which point, it’s worth acknowledging beer isn’t always just those four ingredients. But when the results are as tasty as this, why would you want to stop brewers from twisting it into new shapes?

Will Ziebell

This is a directory listing. To find out more, head here

Stories featuring Shapeshifter Brewing Co

Core Range

Shapeshifter Brewing Findon's Finest
Helles Lager
Shapeshifter Brewing Nordic Hazy IPA
Shapeshifter Brewing Party Shirt
Session Hazy
Shapeshifter Brewing Make Your Move
Czech Dark Lager
Shapeshifter Brewing Golden Ratio
West Coast IPA
Shapeshifter Brewing Sunshowers
California Pale
Shapeshifter Brewing New World Pilsner
Hoppy Pilsner
Shapeshifter Brewing Lemon Haze
Hard Lemonade

Limited Releases

Shapeshifter Brewing Low And Slow & Fast And Furious
Hazy IPAs
7.0% & 6.2%
Shapeshifter Brewing Pivot Point & Divide By Zero
Chocolate Stout & Barrel-Aged Stout
7.2% & 12.8%
Shapeshifter Brewing Creatures From Above
Oat Cream Double IPA
Shapeshifter Brewing Sports Mode, Culture Shock & Eclipse
Various Styles As Indicated
5.7% & 4.8% & 7.3%
Banks Brewing x Shapeshifter Citra Shapes & Nelson Shapes
Hazy IPAs
7.4% & 6.6%
Bowden, Big Shed & Shapeshifter West Fest IPA (Plus Leaps & Bounds)
Session West Coast IPA & Hazy IPA
4.2% & 6.2%
Shapeshifter Acid Raindrops Mango, Time Flies, Nothing Ventured & Party Bag
Various Styles As Indicated
4.9% & 6.9% & 7.4% & 6.9%
Shapeshifter Brewing Blush, Hidden Agenda & Turbo Time
Native Plum Sour & Hazy IPA & Barrel-Aged Barleywine
4.5% & 7.0% & 11.7%
Shapeshifter Fun And Games & Waves
Oat Cream IPA & Hazy Pale
7.5% & 5.6%
Shapeshifter Brewing Spectrum & Lemon Haze
West Coast IPA & Hard Lemonade
6.4% & 4.5%
Shapeshifter Hoodie Weather, The Craic & Shot In The Dark
Oatmeal Stout, Dry Irish Stout & Coffee Stout
6.3% & 4.2% & 6.5%
Shapeshifter Brewing Phasers To Stun
Oat Cream IPA