Born in Yorkshire, raised in Shropshire, travelled the world. Lived in Adelaide and currently in UK. Love travel, ancient history, horses, cello playing, the unusual and obscure, and pottering in my own back yard. Visit my website www.wadders.co.uk
Published October 29th 2013
If you're pottering around the Adelaide Hills and wine isn't your favourite tipple, then tantalise your beer tastebuds in the Gulf Brewery in Hahndorf.
Located at the top end of Hahndorf's Main St, between the IGA and Otto's bakery, this marine-themed micro-brewery has an array of hand-crafted boutique beers, and I hastened to add, while the beer names are fishy, the flavour definitely isn't.
The brewery is quite spacious and is decorated with beers in fishing nets and marine pictures. As well as beer tastings, you can purchase a glass of beer and enjoy sipping its contents whilst enjoying the relaxed atmosphere or sit outside and watch the world go.
I'm not a beer drinker, but the people in our party went for the option of trying six beers for $7 (drivers will be glad to hear the six taster beers are equal to just one unit). The biggest dilemma you have is choosing which six beers to try out! The tasting beers are conveniently placed in tasting order in a wooden rack, and are accompanied by extensive notes explaining the beer and what food best accompanies it.
The Cabin Boy Halfwit (Belgian style wit (wheat) beer. Dry and little bit tart – 4.0%) and Harvest Moon Organic beer (soft body beer with a stonefruit aroma and flavour – 4.6%) both got the thumbs up as a refreshing drink on a hot day, while the Trade Winds IPA (English IPA with full malt body and a lingering bitterness – 6%) apparently was 'very nice and hits the back of the throat'.
Even I was enticed to try the Sou'Wester Stout, (a chocolate stout with the addition of Belgian cocoa - 4.6%). The subtleties of the chocolate flavouring in this light stout made it a very palatable drink in my books.
Our party wasn't particularly taken with the Humpback Pale Ale (English pale ale, full malt with subtle caramel flavours and a balanced bitterness – 4.2%), but then our taster wasn't a fan of caramel anyway. We all agreed the Smoke Stack Rauchbier (smoked beer reminiscent of a good ham or bacon – 5%) was an interesting flavour and worth trying, but probably was an acquired taste.
The Kitten 9 Tails Oktoberfest (a very malty German amber lager – 4.3%) was our group's favourite. While probably not a beer critique's language, it apparently 'hit the top of the mouth and had a taste explosion like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers doing a little dance'.
The cellar door is at 1/13-15 Main St, Hahndorf. If you'd prefer to really relax and enjoy the beers, take the bus! From Adelaide, take the Mt Barker bus 860F, 864, 864F, N864 which both go through Hahndorf. The brewery is between stop 55 and 56.