When summer comes around there is nothing quite like an ice cold beer, and beer can also be the perfect accompaniment to a warming winter meal. So while some people may be sipping away at their Coronas and their Heinekens, we want to know which local Adelaide brew should be top of the list. From the beer giants, to smaller craft beers, we want your opinions on which is Adelaide's best.
Obviously a mention of Adelaide's beer scene can't leave out the big names. West End and Southwark are both still brewed in SA, and have been since 1859. West End have the popular claim that 'it pays to be a local', but these days you'll find the South Australian Brewing Company is owned by Lion Nathan, which these days means its a little less local. Then of course there is Coopers, still family and locally owned, and proud to call South Australia home. Perhaps Coopers Pale Ale or Coopers Sparkling top your list.
McLaren Vale is a wine region known all over the world, but its breweries are also starting to place their name on the map. The McLaren Vale Beer Company is probably one of the best known from the region. Try their Vale Ale, Vale Dry, Vale Dark, and Vale Indian Pale Ale. For an ice cold beer after a day on the Fleurieu Peninsular, Swell's American Pale Ale is a refreshing drink, and locally you'll also find Ekhidna, Goodieson, and Boar's Rock breweries.
Other Adelaide brews include the interesting mix available from Brew Boys, like Maiden Ale or Seeing Double. Brew Boys are in Croyden Park, only a short drive from the city. If you're in Adelaide why not try the Gulf Brewery, or head to the waters edge for the Holdfast Hotel in Glenelg or the Port Dock Brewery Hotel in Port Adelaide. All of these have an interesting local brew to try. If you head to the hills you can even try Grumpy's Brewhouse in Verdun.
You don't even have to make it to one of the breweries to grab a bottle of the stuff, bars and pubs all over Adelaide are starting to stock up on local brews. To steal West End's staying, it doesn't just 'pay to be a local', it pays to drink a local too, and with so many great and creative brews coming out from Adelaide we're sure there is one that will suit you. So let us know your favourite from the great selection Adelaide has to offer.
Well, in the cooler months, up here in Sydney, my favourite drink is Southwark Old stout.
I know, from experience, it isn't all that easy to get even when you are actually in Adelaide, but, thanks to on-line purchasing, I can get an occasional case of it, delivered to my door for only $7, which seems, to me, a bargain