Best Breweries in Adelaide

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Adelaide's craft brewing scene has been slow to take off. That's no surprise – Coopers has been here since 1862. Today, it's the country's largest independent brewery and retains a loyal fanbase. Then there's our proximity to so many world-class wine regions, meaning beer has always had to work harder for attention.

Lobethal Bierhaus (established 2007) was one a few forerunners, but things really started to kick off around 2013, with the arrival of breweries such as Prancing Pony in the Adelaide Hills. Here's a list of our favourites close to town, with a bar to drink at. Typically, they have a relaxed warehouse vibe and pizzas or other beer-friendly food, making them great places to lose an entire afternoon.

  • A massive new-age barn run by some of the state’s best brewers, distillers, winemakers and cooks.

  • A brewshed with a big sense of community.

  • Twenty beers to try, all malted, brewed and bottled on-site.

  • An unpretentious pub dispensing (and brewing) some of the world’s best beers.

  • Two beer experts brewing and pouring in a friendly atmosphere.

  • Fun, full-flavoured craft beer brewed in a big shed.

  • The Nola team’s leafy Bowden brewpub features 14 taps pouring easy-drinking ales, seasonal sours and bold IPAs. The in-house kitchen, Masa, is all about tacos, tostadas and “untraditional” Mexican snacks.

  • A giant peacock mural, a cricket-pitch-sized bar and enough beer to sink a ship – Pirate Life’s Adelaide HQ doesn’t do things by halves. Visit for core range classics, seasonal one-offs and international beers you won’t find elsewhere. There’s also a wide-ranging menu starring flame-licked dishes, plus an on-site barber to keep you looking sharp.

  • Expect foraged produce, atypical pub food incorporating Mismatch beers (think kingfish garnished with hops and a riff on beer-can chicken riff) and experimental brews made in the “Mismatch lab”.

  • Try an altbier, schwarzbier, helles lager or Berliner weisse in a pint or tasting paddle, or opt for a beer cocktail or brewed seltzer and snacks on the deck or the licensed park out front.

  • This pretty mid-century-style brewery serves approachable beers, new-wave wines and an entirely vegetarian menu in a heritage former council chambers. It’s from the crew behind beloved inner west cafe Karma & Crow.

  • Park in one of west end’s biggest beer gardens with a tasting paddle and chunky, Detroit-style pizza slices by a Lost in the Forest co-founder.