Sydney brewer Young Henrys has postponed its plan to put down roots in Adelaide, while Mismatch Brewing Company is working towards having its own brewery sometime this year. And there is cause for celebration at two of South Australia’s newest outfits, Wheaty Brewing Corps and Pirate Life.
Young Henrys has shelved its plan to open a brewery and tasting room in Adelaide, co-founder Richard Adamson has confirmed.
“We’ve just mothballed it at the moment. WA has taken a bit longer to get online and it cost a bit more money so we just didn’t want to go into it half-arsed,” he told Australian Brews News.
“We’ll be back, once we’ve taken a bit of a breath and regathered.”
Whenever Young Henrys renews the Adelaide plan, it won’t be at the Hindmarsh location that got the nod from council in recent weeks.
“That site’s no longer available to us unfortunately,” Adamson said.
He said that in the meantime, the brewer-turned-distiller will be focusing on production of its Noble Cut Gin and fulfilling demand for its beers in its home market of New South Wales.
Wheaty Brewing Corps, Thebarton
Jade Flavell, co-owner of The Wheatsheaf Hotel in Thebarton, said it was a shame for Adelaide’s inner west that the Young Henrys venue will not come to fruition.
“It was within five minutes of the Wheaty, with Pirate Life [Brewing] literally just around the corner. It could have been quite a little brewing powerhouse in SA and may yet become so,” she told Australian Brews News.
But Flavell’s Wheatsheaf has had plenty to celebrate in recent weeks, with the venue passing its 12th birthday, as well as the first anniversary of its transition to brewpub status, with the launch of Wheaty Brewing Corps.
“We’ve done 55 batches and of those, 41 different beers,” she said.
“We are having a tonne of fun and there haven’t been any disasters yet, though I’m sure there will be.
“We’ve pushed it, we’ve done four kettle sours and lots can go wrong with those. But so far – touch wood – the beers are all coming out really well.”
Pirate Life Brewing, Hindmarsh
Inner west neighbour Pirate Life Brewing is celebrating an outstanding debut at the Australian International Beer Awards, including gold medals for packaging and its Double IPA.
“Out of eight exhibits we got eight medals, which was nice for a brewery that’s only been going for ten weeks,” CEO Michael Cameron told Australian Brews News.
Pirate Life was founded by Michael Cameron, a beer sales professional, together with son Jack and Red Proudfoot, brewers that between them have worked at Brewdog, Little Creatures and Cheeky Monkey.
They launched Pirate Life in South Australia on March 1, with Western Australia and Melbourne following in April and May.
“What we’re doing is just trying to solidify those markets and get a bit of a feeling for production needs,” Cameron said.
Mismatch Brewing Company, Adelaide
Mismatch has made greater inroads into Sydney in recent weeks, participating in an SA tap takeover at the Royal Albert Hotel as well as GABS at the weekend.
Since launching in late 2013, Mismatch has been contract brewing its beers at Big Shed Brewing Concern in Royal Park.
Mismatch co-founder and brewer Ewan Brereton told Australian Brews News the company should soon have news to report about its own brewing facility, either in central Adelaide or the surrounding rural districts.
“It’s a work in progress and we’ll be able to hopefully announce it in the not-too-distant future,” he said.
Alongside Brereton, who trained as a brewer in the UK and subsequently worked at Little Creatures in a sales capacity, Mismatch also counts Leigh Morgan – co-founder of online wine retailer Vinomofo – among its shareholders.
Liquor industry professionals Steve Dorman, Tobias Kline and Marc Huber are also backers, as is accountant Simon Tscharke.
Brereton said Mismatch soon expects to add an IPA to its core range of beers, which currently includes the Session Ale as well as Archie’s Red Ale.