Kooinda Boutique Brewery
Kooinda is the most relaxed brewery in town. There are no glass walls or other barriers separating the fermentation tanks from the bar. Kids often chase table tennis balls under the tanks after they’ve whacked them clear of the table.
For their parents, there are four core beers: the summery Valhalla Golden Ale; the hoppier American Pale; the Black India Pale Ale; and the Traditional Milk Porter, a smooth, chocolate-y ale often regarded as the brewery’s crowning achievement. Limited- edition beers are usually available too.
Mick Opie, a brewer with more than 30 years’ experience, is behind most of these creations. He’s the only remaining founder of a group that included a postman, teacher, painter and stainless- steel fabricator. The foursome started brewing out of a backyard shed in 2006, running a beer-filled hose into the family pool in order to cool its first brews.
Kooinda – which means "happy place" in the local Indigenous language – moved to this brick warehouse in 2010, fitting it with recycled armchairs and a big screen.
It’s mainly a local hangout – the aforementioned kids usually arrive in their uniforms, straight from being picked up from school. When they tire of table tennis, there’s a giant Jenga set and a Street Fighter machine with unlimited credits – good for big kids, too.
Food is more limited. The on-site sausage sizzle offers a quick (and somewhat expensive) fix, but pizza or other deliveries are also an option.