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by Bettina Buechel (subscribe)
I am a writing Novelist from Austria - www.bettinabuechel.com/entangled_souls.asp - I am living in South Australia since December 2010 and enjoy it a lot. Besides this I look after a small vineyard - www.lot333wines.com.au
Published October 4th 2012
Spice up your wine tasting with beer
Although the McLaren Vale is originally a wine region, there are also a few Microbreweries that are definitely worth a visit. Behind every great wine is also great beer. Why not spice up your wine tasting with these fabulous brewed beers in the region? Therefore, I present 3 of the top breweries in the McLaren Vale wine region, which I highly recommend you to visit on your next trip to this fantastic region of South Australia.

1. McLaren Vale Beer Company / Vale Inn

The McLaren Vale Beer Company was founded in 2008 with just one beer in their selection - the beloved VALE / ALE. Today, the enthusiastic team of a majority of South Aussies brew 4 core range beers, which are:

VALE/ALE (Australian Pale Ale) - VALE/DRY (Australian Dry Lager) - VALE/DRK (American Dark Lager) - VALE/IPA (India Pale Ale)

Vale Inn Taphouse
Vale Inn Taphouse


A flight of their four great beers can be tasted in their own inn, located in the former historic Salopian Inn in McLaren Vale. You pay $10 for the flight, but you get really a lot of beer for this price and it is worth the money. Moreover, this charming site offers a modern and relaxing kitchen with fabulous pizzas and other great plates of local products that harmonize perfectly with their beers.

Vale Inn Flight
Vale Inn Flight


Vale Inn Pizza
Vale Inn Pizza


Opening hours:
Sunday, Monday, Thursday from 10am to 6pm
Friday, Saturday from 10am to Late
Tuesday, Wednesday CLOSED

Contact:
Web: www.mvbeer.com
Phone: 08 8219 9910

2. Ekhidna Wines and Beer

The cellar door of Ekhidna not only offers a tasting of their excellent McLaren Vale wines, but also sensational handcrafted beers. The range is huge as they brew 7 different beers , which are:

Pale Ale - Golden Ale – Pilsner - Wheat Beer - Dark Ale - IPA - 50:50 Ginger/Wheat

Ekhidna Logo
Ekhidna Logo


A flight of five its magnificent beers from the entire range can be tasted in their cellar door, located in McLaren Vale. You pay only $5 for the flight and as mentioned before, it is worth the money. Every Friday from 4pm to 6pm is Happy Hour, where they offer their beers to a very special price ($4 for a Glass, $12 for Jugs). And last but not least the Ekhidna restaurant is a fabulous place to enjoy lunch or dinner (see opening hours).

Ekhidna Flight
Ekhidna Flight


Ekhidna Inside
Ekhidna Inside


Opening hours:
7 days from 11am to 5pm
Friday/Saturday dinner until 11.30pm

Contact:
Web: ekhidnawines.com.au/ekhidna-beer
Phone: 08 8323 8496

3. Goodieson Brewery

The Goodieson Brewery is owned and operated by Jeff Goodieson and his wife Mary, which is located in McLaren Vale. The naturally brewed and handcrafted beers consist of the following range:

Pale Ale – Pilsner - Wheat Beer - Stout, Christmas Ale - and since September a new spring beer: the Maibock

Goodieson Inside
Goodieson Inside


The Cellar Door is directly in the brewing shed, where you are welcome to wander amongst the brewing vessels and ask anything you like about brewing. It's amazing and a very special experience. And the good thing is: the tasting of four of this fabulous beers is free.

Goodieson Flight
Goodieson Flight


Goodieson Outside
Goodieson Outside


Opening hours:
7 days from 11am to 5.30pm

Contact:
Web: www.goodiesonbrewery.com.au
Phone: 0409 676 542

All of these three Microbreweries are worth a visit. We had a great time at their place. If you escape the city next time and decide to visit McLaren Vale, jump into all of these places and enjoy their fantastic beers and the friendly and interesting hospitality.

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