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)
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.
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).
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.
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.