ADELAIDE | I’ve always been a big fan of Pirate Life Brewery, so a visit to the brewery in Port Adelaide was always on the cards when I was in town.
The brewery is housed in a huge 10,000 square metre converted wool store, and is pretty impressive. At the front you’ve got the main Beer Hall, which opens up to a spacious outdoor courtyard. There’s 24 beers on tap, a merch and take away section, and a hairdresser.
For food, there’s seasonal dishes from chef Rocky Olivera’s seven day a week “OG Food Truck” (try the roasted baby beetroot with goats curd, fennel, and pistachio – pic four) and, until March, chef Jake Kellie’s Firepit Fri – Sat. 👍
I last tried Jake’s food when he was head chef at top Singapore restaurant Burnt Ends, and the setup he’s got going on the custom built firepit reminds me of that meal, sitting at the bar, watching the kitchen do their thing. Both meat and veg are treated with respect, with a small, rotating menu featuring what’s fresh, good, and seasonal. You have to order the zesty, smoky jerk chicken wings with green sauce and aioli. I also really enjoyed the Ngeringa farmed BBQ Savoy cabbage with crushed almonds and spring onion salad.
Beer wise it’s Pirate Life’s core range along with a rotating selection of seasonal/limited beers on tap (the IIPA and Mosaic are two of my favourites), and you can grab a paddle to taste any four. If you’re not into beer, there’s also a very decent selection of wine, sprits, and cocktails.
A great space, tasty beer, and delicious food all make Prate Life worth heading out to Port Adelaide for.
Pirate Life Brewing (Port Adelaide)
18 Baker Street
South Australia 5015
Sun – Thu: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00am to 12:00am