Wheaty Brewing Corps

In 2003, Jade Flavell, Emily Trott and Liz O’Dea embarked on a mission: to create a pub that served “No crap on tap”. They did it so well that the now iconic Wheatsheaf Hotel – or The Wheaty to friends – is known nationwide for its high calibre brews and top quality service. A visit (or three) is a must for every craft beer fan that ventures into South Australia’s capital, and it never disappoints.

Fast forward to 2014 and the trio decided it was time to expand their operation, finally build that long talked about brewery and give their many and dubious brewing theories a trundle. Thus The Wheaty Brewing Corps was born with the message: “After pouring everyone else’s excellent beers over the last eleven years, we figured it was time to start brewing our own – time to install our own stainless and start walking the walk.”

Of all the people stepping up from amateur to pro, Jade was lucky enough to have been given a taste of the good brewing life; at Wheaty events over the years she’d brewed with some of Australia and the world’s finest on her 50 litre home brew system – not to mention at a number of microbreweries around the country too. Now, with Dave Scicluna (assistant brewer), Laura Mirsch (technical adviser) and Rose Bartholomeusz (malt wrangler) at her side, she’s been going hog wild: before the brewery’s first birthday, they’d smashed out 44 different beers in 61 batches.

As for the 600 litre brewpub setup constructed out the back of The Wheaty, it’s made up of a brand new brewhouse and three single batch fermenters from Premier Stainless. They installed a time lapse camera to record the entire build, which you can watch here.

Core beers do not really exist at the Wheaty, instead they like to call them the "regulars" and the "not so regulars and one-offs", for which they provide possibly the most detailed breakdown of ingredients and processes online of any brewer in Australia. Among those brewed more often than others are Blood Oats – a hoppy oaty red ale, Team Australia – an IPA brewed with only Australian hops, Danger Zone – a hot pink raspberry Berliner Weisse, Black Lime Gose – a slightly salty and sour Gose, Thebby Bitter; nicknamed ‘The Best End’, Wheaty-Bix – a thick breakfast stout, and Corps Promise – a hoppy, spicy and bitter rye ale, one of a number of brews to feature Jade’s beloved rye.

One thing the bar has always done extremely well is interact with the worldwide craft beer community. On many occasions, you’ll walk into the front bar and find all 13 taps have been taken over by a guest brewer for the night. On others, you'll find a permanent bank of six rotating Wheaty brews matched stylistically as best as possible against the half dozen from the visiting brewer so guests can line them up in a side-by-side face-off. And, while brewers are in town, they'll usually team up with the Brewing Corps on a recipe and a brew.

Already, Jade and co have spooned (the Yeastie Boys’ term for collaborating) with the Yeastie Boys, Birra Del Borgo, Magic Rock, To Øl, Sixpoint, Mountain Goat, Lobethal Bierhaus, Beavertown, Victory, Mornington Peninsula, Gladfield Malt, Cavalier Brewing and Doctor’s Orders (who is in Adelaide so often he now has his own illuminated sign behind the bar). It’s a list that’s destined to keep growing too.

Just as with many of their spooning partners, they don’t take themselves too seriously. Beers tend to come with pun-inspired names, themselves often referring to lasting memories of past collaborations or in jokes they’re happy to share.

Also in the works are a laboratory that will allow the team to experiment even further, some casks and barrels for ageing, and more fermenting space – maybe even a sidestep into whisk(e)y too. Such enhancements and additions will give them even freer rein to take the philosophy that inhabits every nook, cranny and patron’s glass of The Wheaty further still: more sours; more bugs; more hops; more rye; more happy customers; more spooning. But, just as importantly, still “No crap on tap”.

Matt King

Name
Wheaty Brewing Corps
Address

39 George Street
Thebarton
SA 5031

Phone
(08) 8443 4546
Website
Hours

Mon to Fri: 11am to midnight
Saturday: midday to midnight
Sunday: midday to 9pm

Tours

Tours by appointment

Wheaty Brewing Corps Regulars

Wheaty Brewing Corps Sir Bob (Gelbhopf)

Brewer's notes: Once we established that the beer we’d be brewing with good friend and long term ally Dave Bonighton was a golden, hoppy German pils, Sir Bob ‘Gelbhopf’ – ‘Gold Hop’ auf Deutsch – pretty much named himself. Sir Bob is German style pils positively growling with spicy, floral and herbal characters courtesy of New World Hallertau hop derivatives Helga (AUS) and Pacifica (NZ). Dave hadn’t brewed with Helga before and we hadn’t brewed a proper pils, so this pretty straight… Read more
Style
German Pilsner
ABV
5.3%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Black Lime Gose

Brewer's notes: We’ve taken the traditional German ‘Gose’ – a light, tart, sour wheat ale brewed with coriander seeds and salt – and had a spielen. Rather than relying on Lacto to provide gose’s characteristically acidic kick, we’ve enlisted ‘Limu Omani’ – black limes – to sharpen things up. Used as a seasoning in Middle Eastern dishes, black limes are simply fresh limes boiled in salt brine and sun-dried over several weeks until they feel hollow. Flavour wise they are complex… Read more
Style
Gose
ABV
5.4%
Bitterness
4 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Schmutzig

Brewer's notes: A Pedio innoculated, kettle-soured Berliner Weisse. The plan was to take a relatively ‘clean’ sour and schmutzig it up a little, to add a sharp hard edge to this light, lively and dry Weisse. To this end we enlisted the services of super bug Pediococcus, capable of producing a fair smack of lactic acid in a short space of time. Hard and fast. Given its lean backbone – consisting of German pilsner and wheat malts and a single addition of Magnum hops – this beer is really all… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
ABV
4.1%
Bitterness
3 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Danger Zone

Brewer's notes: As brewers, we like to push the envelope and sometimes our egos write checks our yeast can’t cash. This beer spent a weekend souring in kettle and got treacherously close to the pH danger zone. Fortunately, she hadn’t quite lost that loving feeling and our yeast pushed through... in overdrive. Add 25 kilos of raspberries from the Adelaide Hills and you get a beautifully tangy, mouth-puckeringly tart, perfectly refreshing summer beer. And at only 3.2 percent ABV, it promises not… Read more
Style
Raspberry Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.2%
Bitterness
3 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Picnic Assassin

Brewer's notes: Bright, fresh and easy, the Picnic Assassin can lull you into a false sense of security. The Picnic: pilsner and wheat malts provide a lean, spritely backbone; golden naked oats and Carared contribute body and mouthfeel and acidulated malt clips the finish. Dry hopped Ella brings a plate of tropical fruit salad and Nelson Sauvin a splash of sauv blanc. French saison yeast lends its spicy, peppery aromatics and bone dry finish. Blue skies, sunshine and a cool breeze. The Assassin:… Read more
Style
Hoppy Saison
ABV
5.5%
Bitterness
3 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Team Australia

Brewer's notes: In the complex and often confusing world of Goodies and Baddies, we all need a little Joint Purpose, a single Team that everyone can get behind... Enter ‘Team Australia’, our first of many IPAs bursting with homegrown hops. First wort Ella, Galaxy for bittering, Ella/Galaxy/Vic Secret in the whirlpool and 2kg of Vic Secret flowers in the hopback provide a solid foundation for our new leader: Enigma. Enigma is a brand spanking New Australian who displays characteristics quite different… Read more
Style
Australian IPA
ABV
6.1%
Bitterness
42 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Irony

Brewer's notes: The plan with Irony was to brew a lighter, drier, more delicate ale than Team Australia; one that straddled the Pale/IPA divide and was a little less shouty with hops. Where’s the irony? Not so much in the dry-hop selection but in the hops themselves: new-wave German aroma hops Hallertau Blanc and Hallertau Huell Melon, which contribute lebhaft mandarin, white wine and melon characters, represent a German take on a New World take on traditional European hops. Who would’ve thought... Less… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
37 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Thebby Bitter

Brewer's notes: We figured it was time to celebrate our light industrial suburb with a not-so-industrial Bitter. A hoppy, malty, bitey, bitter ale weighing in at a modest 3.9% booze. A heritage listed style brewed in the shadow of Mt Thebarton, within earshot of Thebby Theatre* and a mere stone's throw from our self-titled Tram Stop... Thebby Bitter packs a fair whack of character into a small footprint; little beer, big flavour. With a biscuity malt backbone that just manages to hold those bitey,… Read more
Style
Bitter
ABV
3.9%
Bitterness
19 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Wheaty-Bix

Brewer's notes: Our plan with Wheaty-Bix was to brew the breakfast stout equivalent of cold drip filtered coffee: clean, lean and delicate on the one hand with a clear intensity of coffee character on the other – focused and sharp yet full and smooth. To this end we combined a layered roast malt bill with flaked and malted oats; a cool, clean ferment with Irish ale yeast – and cold drip coffee by the (literal) bucket load. Our friends at Market St sourced just the right bean for our purposes:… Read more
Style
Breakfast Stout
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
39 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps The Claw

Brewer's notes: Sharp, lean and clean, our first Black India Pale Ale adopts the ‘looks like a dark ale, smells and tastes like an IPA’ rather than the ‘roasty black ale hopped as if it was an IPA’ approach. In other words, both the malt and the hop character of the beer belie its appearance. A delicate BIPA in which malt takes a back seat. To a degree... Copious amounts of Simcoe and Mosaic lend a distinct piney twang to the mellow, dehusked Carafa roast; Carared gives our dark a mahogany… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
6.66%
Bitterness
50 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Blood Oats

Brewer's notes: Sixpoint’s Shane ‘Galaxy Galaxy Galaxy’ Welch couldn’t make it to Oz for the Good Beer Wheaty Yeastie ‘Fug Oats’ brewday in May, so when faced with the prospect of a short-order collaboration during his whirlwind October visit: Shane: “That would be killer!!!” Wheaty: “Blood Oats!” Job done. Clearly Blood Oats had to be oaty and had to be Red, so we settled on a cranked-up version of our Red Ale. In essence Blood Oats is a bigger, oatier, hoppier rendition of CRed,… Read more
Style
Oat Red Ale
ABV
6.1%
Bitterness
50 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Non-Corps Promise

Brewer's notes: For the last year we’ve been telling you that Corps Promise was ‘the one beer we will never alter. The one recipe we will never tweak.’ We have decided, retrospectively, that our committment to ‘never alter’ Corps Promise was itself a non-core promise and so doesn’t count – especially under extenuating circumstances. So for the Wheaty Brewing Corps’ first Birthday, and quite possibly every Birthday to follow, we’re going to take Corps Promise and break it; in the… Read more
Style
Rye IPA
ABV
7.3%
Bitterness
60 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Corps Promise

Brewer's notes: Dependable Corps Promise is a hoppy, spicy and bitter Rye Pale with big, tropical hop aromatics and a dry, piney twang to finish. Golden Promise contributes a honey malt character, rye chimes in with drying spiciness and Simcoe, Centennial and Cascade stake a late claim; with Whirlpool, Hopback and Dry Hop additions. No surprises. Fresh, simple and unambiguous. The one beer we will never alter. The one recipe we will never tweak. Unbreakable...… Read more
Style
Rye Pale Ale
ABV
5.3%
Bitterness
24 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Specials

Wheaty Brewing Corps & Tiny Rebel & Doctor's Orders Whey Puft

Tapped July 19th, 2018
Another successful Good Beer Wheaty has delivered yet another inventive collaboration at the expanding Adelaide brewpubs. This time Darren from Doctor's Orders returned while Gaz from Welsh powerhouse Tiny Rebel made his Wheaty debut. Darren is known for throwing weird ingredients in beer and Tiny Rebel have a very popular beer called Stay Puft, a marshmallow porter and the new beer was sparked from a combination of the two. Whey Puft is an imperial blackberry milkshake porter, albeit without the… Read more
Style
Blackberry Milkshake Porter
ABV
7.4%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps & Bridge Road Hopikopi Sour Coffee IPA

Tapped March 31st, 2018
Every year, around the time of the Tour Down Under in Adelaide, Ben Kraus from Bridge Road Brewsers stops in to the Wheatsheaf Hotel to collaborate with Jade Flavell anf the Wheaty Brewing Corps team. At their 2018 brainstorming sessions, the table lit up with an array of interesting concepts, an array that started out with IPA and hoppy, to which Ben added: “Let’s sour it with Greek yoghurt, then add coffee”, and that ended up as Hopikopi. It might sound like a monstrous beer that couldn’t… Read more
Style
Sour IPA with Coffee
ABV
5.5%
Bitterness
pH 3.6

Wheaty Brewing Corps Heaps Berry Saison

Tapped January 11th, 2018
When berries are in season, you might be advised to stock up quickly because Jade at the Wheaty Brewing Corps may otherwise beat you to the stash. She loves berries in beer for the flavours they impart on the final product and uses them a lot: saisons, kettle sours, sour stouts and Berliner weisse have been met with a flurry of raspberries, blackberries and sometimes both. This creation for summer 2017/18, Heaps Berry Saison, is the fruited version of their lacto-inoculated kettle sour saison. Berries… Read more
Style
Sour Berry Saison
ABV
5.4%

Wheaty Brewing Corps Milko

Tapped November 8th, 2017
When deciding what sort of sweet stout to brew next, head brewer Jade Flavell drew inspiration from the Old El Paso taco advertisement. She couldn’t decide if she wanted an oatmeal or a milk stout, therefore decided: “Why not both?” The idea was to combine the sweetness from the lactose in a milk stout with the body of an oatmeal stout, bringing in an English ale yeast to finish the job. The Wheatsheaf Hotel has the ability to pour a beer up to three different ways, with standard CO2 carbonation,… Read more
Style
Oat Milk Stout
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
20 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Cutlet

Tapped November 8th, 2017
The choice cuts of a lamb are dependent on personal preference, but there will be few meat lovers who can go past a small, tasty, juicy cutlet. A little chewy but tender at the same time and of a size that you can consume a few in one sitting. Which is a roundabout way of getting to the inspiration for this beer: a pale ale with plenty of juicy hop flavours that's a little meaty too. Oats and specialty malts are among the grain bill, contributing to a substantial body for a beer of just 4.5 percent… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Kransky Mini Pils

Tapped October 10th, 2017
If there's one brewery in the country you can trust to take a pun and run with it, it's the Wheaty Brewing Corps. Here, the Kransky of the title refers not so much to the sausage but sausage dogs. Why? Apparently, it's a reference to the small frame of a sausage dog and how they still pack in plenty of personality and character. It's a mid-strength-ish pilsner made with Vienna as the base malt alongside sprinklings of Carapils and acidulated malt and with newish German hop Callista alongside one… Read more
Style
Small PIlsner
ABV
3.7%
Bitterness
18 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps & Doctor's Orders & Gladfield Malt Moule Rouge

Tapped October 10th, 2017
Every year, Jade Flavell and the Wheaty Brewing Corps team up with Darren "Doc" Robinson when he's town for Good Beer Wheaty. In 2017, Gabi from Gladfields Malt in New Zealand jumped in to the brewery too, bringing some red, malty goodness with her. Vienna was used as the base in a beer designed to showcase Gladfield’s Aurora, Supernova and Shepherd’s Delight malts. In typical Doc fashion, he wanted to shake things up a little, which here meant the addition of Boston Bay Mussels and… Read more
Style
Mollusc Red Ale
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps & Naparbier & 8 Wired Screwdriver

Tapped October 4th, 2017
When a 5kg brick of Belma hop hash landed in her lap, Wheaty Brewing Corps founder Jade Flavell was elated – and for more than one reason. Firstly, neither she nor her collaborators (Søren from NZ's 8 Wired and Juan from Naparbier in Spain) had used hop hash before, while Belma is a relatively new hop variety she hadn’t played with before either, thus creating the opportunity to design a recipe showcasing a certain product. They decided upon an imperial IPA SMASH beer (Single Malt And Single… Read more
Style
Farmhouse IIPA
ABV
8.5%
Bitterness
60 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps & Hobart Brewing Co & Van Dieman Ice Coffee

Tapped October 4th, 2017
While showing Scott and Jimmy from Hobart Brewing Co and Will from Van Diemen Brewing around town, the Wheaty Brewing Corps stumbled across a South Australian favourite, Farmer’s Union Iced Coffee. Well, they stumbled on a version of it – instead of finding the milky beverage in a fridge, the group created a beer in its image. The foursome had been discussing opposites and how a beer that looked like an IPA could taste like a stout; the result was the Ice Coffee White Stout. Sweet, sweet lactose… Read more
Style
White Coffee Stout
ABV
6.2%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Booty Blocker Brown

Tapped August 14th, 2017
Since launching a decade ago in 2007, the Adelaide Roller Derby has enjoyed a long connection with the Wheatsheaf Hotel. The venue has supported the league since the beginning, first brewing the Booty Blocker Brown on grand final night in 2014 and continuing to release it at the same time each year since, changing the recipe slightly each time. This malt driven brown pours a medium brown in colour, with a deep red glow when held to the light. Dark chocolate subtly drifts from the glass, some coffee… Read more
Style
Brown Ale
ABV
4.4%

Wheaty Brewing Corps Benatar

Tapped April 10th, 2017
A beer brewed in honour of Emily Trott, one of three owners of the Wheatsheaf Hotel who passed away in 2016. Emily had three cats, Pablo, Little One and Benatar; hence the name and decal image for this stout. Benatar is "a good, solid name" according to head brewer Jade Flavell and is used to describe the beer in a variety of ways" Flat Benatar for pouring off the hand pump or Vat Benatar for a barrel aged version. Benatar takes the term Sour Puss to a whole new level: a cat that doesn’t… Read more
Style
Sour Berry Stout
ABV
7.5%

Wheaty Brewing Corps Indy

Tapped April 10th, 2017
When thousands of homebrewers descend on your home town for their large annual conference, you're almost duty bound as a busy brewpub operator to create an interesting beer for them. ANHC 5 took place in Adelaide in 2016 and, as a major sponsor, the Wheaty Brewing Corps was put in charge of brewing the official beer. Pilsner, wheat, flaked oats and acidulated malts met Magnum, Amarillo, Nelson, Citra and Simcoe hops with the final piece to the puzzle being the White Labs French Saison yeast from… Read more
Style
India Saison
ABV
5.2%
Bitterness
20 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Berry Tight Down Under, Honey

Tapped April 10th, 2017
When Ben Kraus from Bridge Road Brewers was in town for the Tour Down Under, he decided to pedal past the Wheatsheaf Hotel for a quick collaboration. He even managed to squeeze some ingredients into his suitcases to contribute to the brew: a saison with a twist in the shape of Beechworth blackberries, honey, Adelaide Hills raspberries and vanilla. Once poured into the glass, the saison has a pinkish hue from the berries and an illuminating golden glow. The head is best described as "blush"… Read more
Style
Berry Honey Saison
ABV
5.8%

Wheaty Brewing Corps & Weihenstephan Wolperdinger

Tapped December 20th, 2016
Once you've collaborated on a beer with The Crafty Pint, where's left to go? Upwards, presumably, which is where the Wheaty Brewing Corps team headed earlier this year when they took advantage of a visit to Australia by Weihenstephan Braumeister Tobias Grollo to create a beer with the Bavarian brewery that lays claim to being the oldest in the world. The hosts described the opportunity as a situation in which "us part-time ivory tinklers had been invited to jam with Bach; surreal and utterly… Read more
Style
Hoppy Dunkel
ABV
5.5%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Wheaty Wheaty

Tapped October 16th, 2016
When it comes to beer names, The Wheaty Brewing Corps crew generally deals in puns or witty jokes. So, when the time came to brew a wheat beer for the first time, what else could it be than Wheaty Wheaty? Instead of aiming for the banana / clove aromas of the wheat beers that originated in Bavaria, the Thebarton lupulin lovers opted for the American wheat style; thus this is a beer that comes hopped to the eyeballs, albeit added late to obtain aroma and flavour with little in the way of bitterness.… Read more
Style
American Wheat
ABV
4.2%
Bitterness
12 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Corps Blimey!

Tapped October 16th, 2016
The Wheaty ladies don’t just deal with good beer, they also tend to dabble in good whiskies. And why not? After all, to make whisky, you start out as if making beer. For the Corps Blimey! London Porter, the brewpub's Brewing Corps invited in two whisky experts to collaborate: Graham Wright and Dr Paul Gooding who previously worked on the Wheatsheaf Hotel’s very own spirit drop aptly named Wheaty Whisky. The resultant beer collab measures just 4.4 percent ABV but it is loaded with a selection… Read more
Style
London Porter
ABV
4.4%
Bitterness
26 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps & Crafty Cabal Landlady

Tapped August 21st, 2016
When The Wheaty launched its brewing arm, a very generous offer was extended in the direction of Crafty Towers, asking if we'd like to make a beer with them at some point. Given they've brewed with some of the finest brewers locally and from New Zealand, Europe and the States – and we once asked Murray's to put peated malt, Belgian yeast, mussels and oysters into an imperial stout – this was beyond the call of duty on their part. But, with our reader subscription service, The Crafty Cabal, up… Read more
Style
English Pale Ale
ABV
4.4%

Wheaty Brewing Corps Black Pils

Tapped October 21st, 2015
Brewer's notes: Black: or thereabouts, with just a shaft of red when held up to the light. Pils: most definitely. Lean, herbal, spicy and dry with that telltale strawlike malt character for which pils is renowned. A clean and cool fermentation with our favourite lager yeast gives this beer a gentle mineral backbone, while the malt lends a soft, subtle roast character. Spicy hop notes round out the mix making this a straight-up Pils; except it’s black... Another misnomer – that makes perfect sense. Looks… Read more
Style
Black Pilsner
ABV
5.4%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Sir Bob (Gladfield) & Sir Bob (Weyermann)

Tapped October 21st, 2015
Staying true to their promise to play around with Sir Bob, the classic pils style beer they originally created with former Mountain Goat co-owner Dave Bonighton, Wheaty Brewing Corps has created two new versions using malt from two different suppliers in different parts of the world. The basic idea for the beer remains the same – read about the original here – but the plan is to switch in different hops and malts. This pair features, respectively, malt form New Zealand's Gladfield and Germany's… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
5.2%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Whisk(e)y-Bix

Tapped October 21st, 2015
Brewer's notes: Our plan with Wheaty-Bix was to brew the breakfast stout equivalent of cold drip filtered coffee; clean, lean and delicate on the one hand with a clear intensity of coffee character on the other - focussed and sharp yet full and smooth. To this end we combined a layered roast malt bill with flaked and malted oats; a cool, clean ferment with American ale yeast - and cold drip coffee by the (literal) bucket load. Our friends at Market St sourced just the right bean for our purposes:… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Stout
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Wheaty Brewing Corps Mirschzen

Brewer's notes: A fresh, clean, nuanced lager named in honour of Wheaty Brewing Corps’ new recruit Laura ‘totally got this’ Mirsch. Our first ever lager is a mellow take on Märzen: malt-driven, straw-like, full and smooth with earthy, spicy and herbal hop notes. German malt, German hops (and their southern hemisphere descendants) along with Pilsen yeast, a cool ferment and cold conditioning has produced a beer unmistakably ‘Lager’ and unquestionably ‘Craft’. A not so yellow, not so… Read more
Style
Marzen
ABV
4.9%
Bitterness
25 IBU
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