Pikes Tonic Ale (RETIRED)

Pikes Beer Company

Now here's something rather different. Back during Pikes' original lifespan, the business not only produced more traditional ales and stouts but also had a Tonic Ale doing the rounds in the early 1900s. Apparently, it was sold around SA as a "Non-intoxicating Healthy Drink". And now the new generation has brought the drink back using the original recipe.

It's a recipe that features all Aussie malt and hops and much else besides: fresh orange and lemon peel, ginger, coriander and cinchona bark. It weighs in at a mere 2.3 percent ABV, pours a brilliantly clear pale gold colour, and offers up a herbaceous, spicy nose and floral and citrus like aromatics on the palate. It's light and spritzy with a surprisingly drying finish – not unlike a splash of tonic, in fact – which is perhaps why the brewers suggest using it as a mixer for your favourite gin.

Tonic Ale
Pikes Beer Company

233 Polish Hill River Road
Polish Hill River
SA 5453

(08) 8843 4370
Open Hours

10am to 4pm


Tours by appointment only