McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Coast is fast becoming the place to be for craft brewers who are opening new tap houses, with four opening in the past year – think Shifty Lizard, South Coast Brewing, Swell and Victor’s Place. There is an ever-growing collection of breweries offering an exciting alternative to the larger traditional breweries.

Award-winning brews, together with thirst quenching experimental brews like Cherry Stout, Christmas Ale and Pango Sour all sit side by side as you taste your way across the region.  There’s a diverse range of ales, IPAs, lagers, pilsners and stouts to sample, plus some more interesting varieties like saisons, wheat beers, porters, ginger beer, and ciders.

Quite often the person serving you is the head brewer (or chief taste tester), so make sure you have a chat and find out about the beer you are drinking. They will also recommend other craft breweries across the Fleurieu Peninsula too.

So to make things easier for you, here’s our McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast Beer Trail, all you need to do now is select your beer paddle, order casual food from a locally-sourced seasonal menu or a regional platter to share.

Cheers to tasting your way across the Beer Trail.

  1. Victor’s Place, Old Noarlunga 

A recent addition to the region, offering beautiful views over the rolling hills that lead into McLaren Vale, with beer and wine tastings and a local-focused menu. The beers are as unique as the heritage location, with a range of brews you won’t find anywhere else. “Our brewer is also a winemaker, so he is really trying to bring the two worlds together,” says co-owner Kathrin Dressler. “We’re quite creative with some of the beers that we do including a Semillon Saison this year, which is a Belgian beer that’s brewed on the top of Semillon Lees.”

  1. Vale Brewing, Beresford, McLaren Flat 

One of the first breweries to come out of McLaren Vale, Vale Ale, is now popular throughout the state. They boast a variety of beers in their range, from their flagship ale and lager to their summer favourite Mid Coast Bright Ale and their IPA. Experience a structured tasting at their home at Beresford Winery in McLaren Flat.

  1. Goodieson Brewery, McLaren Vale 

With a beautiful family-friendly location, it’s no surprise Goodieson is a McLaren Vale favourite with locals and visitors alike. Classics like their Pale Ale and Pilsner are ever-popular, but the brewery also specialises in seasonal exclusive releases and brews featuring local ingredients. Keep your eye out for their special creations the likes of Cherry Stout, Christmas Ale and Chocolate Stout.

  1. Swell Taphouse, McLaren Vale 

The latest taphouse to call the region home, allowing visitors to view production, taste their ales and sit back, relax and sample some local fare from their casual food menu. Try their Golden Ale and Cloudy Apple Cider while you’re here.

  1. Ekhidna Wines, McLaren Vale 

A well-regarded winery and restaurant, Ekhidna is also home to a collection of delicious brews, handcrafted locally by co-owner and winemaker/brewer Matt Rechner. Their ginger beer is a local hit, but they also brew a wheat beer, IPA, dark ale and a 50/50 which is a combination of wheat and ginger. For cider fans, their apple cider is a favourite at the cellar door. Enjoy a tasting or sit in the beautiful grounds with a glass.

  1. South Coast Brewing Co., Willunga 

Housed in a rustic, cosy shed space in Willunga, South Coast Brewing is a nod to the traditional craft brewery experience. Chips are served in baskets alongside your favourite brew, if you choose, or you can sit by the fire in the courtyard and sample a few pints on the couch. All brews are named after local beaches, including the Maslins Red Ale, Porties Pale and Southern Session Ale, to name a few.

  1. Shifty Lizard Brewing Co., Willunga 

The regularly-changing beer selection at Shifty Lizard keeps things just as interesting as their quirky illustrated labels and buzzing Willunga Taphouse. Brewed in small batches on-site, their beers range from the classic Pale Ale and IPA which are always available. More unique short-releases like the Apprentice Ale allow the apprentice of the time to brew their own unique blend, the Pango Sour (passionfruit, mango) or the dark pink Hibiscus Neipa.

 

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