After five awesome years as one of the highlights of Good Beer Week, it's time to turn the South Australian capital into a microcosm of the Australian craft beer scene. So, in the lead up to the second Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival, we've hooked up with seven (and a bit) Adelaide pubs and bars for Pint of Origin SA.
For those unfamiliar with the concept, it's simple: each venue will represent a different Aussie state across its taps for the week, giving beer lovers the chance to tour the country's beer scene tap by tap without leaving town. And as well as the venues representing the six states, The Wheaty is lining up a Pint of Origin (or PoO for short) collab special: on Friday evening, you'll find their own in-house brews going head to head with beers brewed in collaboration with Aussie brewers.
Pint of Origin SA runs from July 2 to 10, 2016 – Although please check individual venues as some will start on July 4.
Here's who's on board and what you can expect to find at each venue. And, building on the Good Beer Week hashtag, if you're heading out to any Pint of Origin SA venues and plan on recording your activities, let's go with #PoOSA16.
Head to the Gilbert St Hotel during Pint of Origin SA and you'll find some stars of the Victoria beer scene on tap. Look out for beers, including rarities and many never seen in SA before, from the likes of Barrow Boys, Boatrocker, KAIJU!, BrewCult, Exit Brewing, Edge, Old Wives Ales, Fury & Son, Blackman's and Dainton Family Brewery. NB Most beers for The Gilbert St Hotel takeover will hit taps from Monday, July 4.
With a Queenslander among the founding members at NOLA Adelaide, Pint of Origin SA has been a chance to show off just how far the beer scene in the Sunshine State has changed in recent years. From July 5 onwards, with a little help from Kegstar to help some of the smaller brewers get beer to Adelaide for the first time, you can look out for beers from Bacchus, Balter, Burleigh, Brisbane Brewing Co, Black Hops, Green Beacon, 4 Hearts, Newstead, Beard & Brau and Croft Brewing.
The Kings is Adelaide's first venue to celebrate nothing but South Australian beer and wine so there was only ever going to be one place for SA's brewers to call home during Pint of Origin SA. Call in throughout the week to sample some of the best new brews on offer in the state. Over the course of the week, look out for beers from Mismatch, Prancing Pony, Pirate Life, Lobethal Bierhaus, Swell, Barossa Valley Brewing, Little Bang and Coopers, as well as Hills Cider.
Jack Ruby is an underground bar on King William St in Downtown Adelaide that offers has a touch of Americana in the service, food, drinks and décor. For Pint of Origin, Jack's is becoming home to the brewers of Western Australia, the birthplace of Australia's modern craft beer scene, and will be unveiling some genuine champions, including many never before seen in SA. On the lineup will be newly crowned Champion Australian Beer, Gage Roads' Little Dove, the 2014 Champion, Mash's Copy Cat, and other beers from the likes of Feral and Colonial Brewing.
Clever Little Tailor is a warm, intimate brick-and-stone bar with high ceilings and a mezzanine in the heart of Adelaide. We specialise in high quality drinks across the board, serving only independent craft beers. For Pint of Origin, From July 4 onwards, we'll be showcasing the best of Tasmania's blooming beer scene across three of our taps as well as a single tap showcasing dark beers across the road at our sister venue Pink Moon Saloon. Making their way to Adelaide are old favourites such as Moo Brew Pilsner plus beers never seen in SA before from the likes of Hop Trial and Ocho, plus beers from Van Dieman, Hobart Brewing Co, Two Metre Tall and Cascade.
The Franklin Hotel is a five minute walk from Adelaide's Central Markets in a colourful 19th century building. The bar, restaurant and terrace serves craft beer and pub fare year round and for Pint of Origin we've secured some great New South Wales beers, many of which haven't been seen in Adelaide before. Look out for beers from the likes of Akasha, Badlands, Batch Brewing, 4 Pines, Stone & Wood, Stockade Brew Co and Wayward.
The Wheaty is doing something a little different for Pint of Origin. Given they have their own in-house brewery, the Wheaty Brewing Corps, they're lining up a one-night-only, collaboration-based tap special. On the evening of July 8, look out for a mix of collabs with Cavalier, Hawkers, Mornington Peninsula and Hobart Brewing Co alongside beers from those breweries and similar styles from The Wheaty brewers too.
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