10 SA beers you really need to try


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By Kaia Wallis

Let’s face it, South Australia’s beer game is strong.

There’s no shortage of beers to try in South Australia and with International Beer Day celebrations on today, there’s no better time to experiment with something new.

With this in mind, we thought it was timely to celebrate SA’s 10 top froths!

1. Raspberry and Honey Blonde Ale (Lady Burra Brewhouse)

A celebration of World Beer Day, this limited-edition brew is crafted by Lady Burra Brewhouse in Adelaide’s CBD.

Head brewer Eliot Kirby says people can “expect an early taste of summer” with this limited pour Raspberry and Honey Blonde Ale.

2. Dark Ale (Smiling Samoyed Brewery)

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Come for the dogs, stay for the beer.

Six different speciality malts are added to Smiling Samoyed Brewery’s Dark Ale – producing a “delicious blend of roasted, nutty, dark chocolate and coffee flavours”.

This dark ale took home awards in both the 2015 and 2016 Royal Adelaide Beer and Cider Awards.

3. Breakfast at Stepney (Little Bang Brewing)

A sweet ode to the eastern suburb of Stepney, this drink is a collaboration between Little Bang Brewery and coffee house Rios.

Infused with carefully selected cold-drip coffee, this stout has a complex finish that’s sure to satisfy coffee lovers.

4. Cherry Popper (Big Shed Brewing)

More of a cider fan? The Cherry Popper, a seasonal brew from Big Shed Brewing won’t disappoint.

This cider is 90% Apples and 10% cherries – all directly sourced from Adelaide Hills growers.

The Cherry Popper is a drink for people “looking for a different kind of cider”.

5. I Can’t Believe it’s not Bacon (Barossa Valley Brewing) 

Yep. That’s right – bacon beer.

Created by Barossa Valley Brewing, this beer is full of intense malts that have been smoked on the same wood as prize-winning bacon, resulting in a beer full of “peety, bacony proporktions”.

6. The Big Orange Kettle Sour (Woolshed Brewery) 

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Deciding between orange juice or beer? Well, now you don’t have to.

The Big Orange Kettle Sour is a collaboration between Woolshed Brewery in the Riverlands and Adelaide Hills Left Barrel Brewing and first appeared in 2017.

This wheat-based beer is  soured overnight before it’s given a generous helping of fresh Riverland orange juice. It makes “the differences between beer and orange juice hard to pin point”.

7. Tonic Ale (Pikes Beer Company)

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Brewed in picturesque Clare Valley, Pikes Beer Company takes the credit for this one.

Mixing hints of orange and lemon peel, ginger, coriander and a European hop – the Tonic Ale has a “balanced citrus kick” and “botanical notes for days”.

8. Colony Cove Draught Cider (Kangaroo Island Ciders)

Grown and brewed on Kangaroo Island, this cider took home awards for Best Cider in Show and Best South Australian Cider at this year’s Royal Adelaide Beer and Cider Awards.

The medium sweet and slightly cloudy cider is full of fresh apple flavours – locally grown on Kangaroo Island Ciders own orchard.

9. Bob’s Ya Dunkel (Munich Dunkel) (Left Barrel Brewing) 

Left Barrel Brewing in the Adelaide Hills are behind this one.

This German themed lager is a rich, unfiltered wheat beer that boasts chocolate and Munich malts.

The result is a lager that will keep you warm through winter.

10. 2018 Vintage Ale (Coopers)

Of course, no list of SA beers would be complete without Coopers – so let’s celebrate their revamped 2018 Vintage Ale.

Produced using malt sourced from Westminster barley grown by Kangaroo Island farmers – it’s a truly South Australian beer.

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