Adelaide Hills Craft Brewing

Lobethal Bierhaus, Lobethal Brewery

Located in the former Onkaparinga woollen mill complex at Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills, this brewery/bar is run by Alistair Turnbull and Phil Jones. The pair turned their backs on careers in banking to study brewing in the US and sourced their microbrewery from Canada. The Lobethal Bierhaus operates as a restaurant and bar with takeaway sales available both in 330 ml bottles and 2-litre recyclable ‘growlers’. The Adelaide Hills region is already a popular wine and gourmet touring route and a microbrewery neatly fills an obvious craft-beer void. There is also a nice historical symmetry, as Kleinschmidt’s Lobethal Brewery operated there from 1851 until the 1870s. Historical photos displayed inside the Bierhaus feature the brewery’s founder Franz William Kleinschmidt, who was also mayor of Lobethal, and founded a hop-growing industry in the town (co-owner Turnbull lives in a converted hop kiln which is a hop, step and jump away from the brewery door). The Onkaparinga factory closed down in 1992 and the South Australian government later developed the complex as a business incubation centre. Some of Adelaide Hills Craft Brewing’s neighbours include four wineries, a baker and fifty or so small businesses; in fact, as many people now work in the historic building as did when it operated as a woollen mill.

House Style

Core styles include well-balanced interpretations of pilsner, hefeweizen, pale ale, India pale ale and a chocolate-accented porter.

Signature Beer

Bierhaus Red Truck Porter

Behind the Label

The red truck in question is a 1941 Chevrolet 3-ton delivery truck which Turnbull – a self-confessed ‘car nut’ – bought from a local chocolate maker. Having a temperamental old vehicle plastered with the brewery’s logos is a great promotion, he reckons, especially when it breaks down, as it often does, apparently. With tongue-in-cheek the AHCB guys have renamed their pilsener ‘Bohemian Philsner’ after discovering an inadvertent error by their graphic designer and – to balance the erroneous ledger – Phil ‘Philsner’ Jones insisted that they re-badge the IPA as India Pale Al, after his business partner Alistair ‘Al’ Turnbull.

Contact Information

Lobethal Bierhaus, 3a Main Road, Lobethal, 5241. (08) 8389 5570. Tours by appointment; bar; restaurant; takeaway sales

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