URAIDLA | The Uraidla Brewery is a craft brewery in the Adelaide Hills, brewing some of the best beers in the region. I first tried their beers at a tap takeover at Melbourne bar Near & Far, and had been keen to visit the brewery since.
Housed over two buildings on the same site, there’s a lot of history here, despite the brewery only being founded in June 2019. The brewery building, which does have some taps and a retail shop for packaged and merch sales, is housed directly next to the historic and linked Uraidla Hotel.
The hotel has been running since 1867, and finds that perfect balance between historic locals joint, and welcoming to visitors with contemporary flourishes where it matters. It’s family friendly, service is great, local musicians play live acoustic music, and there is of course, the craft beer.
The hotel features 12 taps of Uraidla’s core range beers and rotating seasonal and limited offerings. Tasting paddles are available, and you’re free to pick and choose whatever you like from the taps. From the core range, I highly recommend the 6.9% ABV Wizard’s Wrath
West Coast IPA, and the 5.2% ABV Third Eye American Pale Ale. If you’re not into beer, the bar also stocks a decent range of local wines and quality spirits.
The food menu features quality versions of pub classics and modern Australian dishes. There’s a burger and fish & chips, and also things like slow cooked shawarma
pulled lamb shoulder, and beer braised pork cheek.
Sustainability and community is important, with all produce sourced locally. Fruit and vegetables are grown on-site, and there’s a very decent vegan and vegetarian offering. The venue has even won awards for its sustainability initiatives which touch upon all aspect of the brewery and hotel’s operation.
Uraidla Brewery / Hotel
1196 Greenhill Road
South Australia 5142
Mon – Sun: 12:00pm to 8:30pm