Clare Valley Brewing Co

Clare Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, known for its grapes, vines, bike trails and Riesling. Thousands upon thousands of people from all over the world converge there every year to soak up the sunshine and indulge in some of the country’s best wines.

But, in recent years, the owners of the Clare Valley Brewing Co have been offering drinkers an alternative – challenging them to try one of their Valley brewed beers rather than another Riesling.

It was in August 2014 that the first keg of CVBC beer left the Clare Valley for Adelaide’s CBD, where it was rolled into the Gilbert Street Hotel and poured straight into punters’ glasses. Since then, CVBC has been building a reputation for producing beers that resonate with the burgeoning craft beer community, both close to home in SA and, on occasion, during forays interstate.

Having established a foothold in the industry and developed a core range of beers, owners Adrian Henshall and Ben Jeanneret then spent a year from the middle of 2015 transforming the business. Out went the more traditional, heritage look with which they’d launched and in came a more contemporary one. At the same time, they were joined by a new head brewer, Charlotte Grant, who’d learned the art of brewing at Little Creatures in Fremantle.

The result is a core range of beers that’s evolved from those of the first two years: a rich and malty, crimson-hued Red Ale, an Australian style Pale Ale and the “dark and brooding” Extra Stout that is a luscious Crafty Pint favourite. Joining them are seasonal releases that include a Summer Wheat for the warmer months and numerous special release brews throughout the rest of the year, such as the Smoked Porter and Port barrel-aged stout that debuted in 2016.

The brewery itself is located in Sevenhill on a block of land owned by its sibling label Jeanneret Wines. It’s a marriage of convenience that allows them to share resources, such as water from a natural aquifer located 90m underground on the property, while being just off the Riesling trail allows the CVBC team to quench the thirst of weary riders.

The 1,200 litre brewhouse is something of a rarity, being of Czechoslovakian origin and constructed from copper. Initially, the brewers had a mere 6,000 litres of fermenter space to fill but this had more than tripled within two years. A state of the art bottling line arrived in 2015, followed by Charlotte. Since joining early in 2016, she’s been tweaking recipes and creating one-off batches for special events.

The Clare Valley Brewing Company is one that’s keen to be part of its local community too, often helping support amateur brewer associations and other events. Along with a focus on using local ingredients where possible, it’s helped the business gain traction for beer in one of wine’s true heartlands. And, with their cellar door now located onsite, you can call in to find out why in the freshest manner possible.

Matt King

Clare Valley Brewing Co

22 Jeanneret Road
SA 5453

(08) 8843 4308

Mon to Sat: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: midday to 5pm

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Clare Valley Brewing Co IPA

Tapped October 23rd, 2017
The inspiration for Clare Valley’s core range IPA came from a fresh hopped version brewed early in 2017. The fresh hops came from Mylor in the Adelaide Hills and the beer was so well received the decision was made to introduce it among the regulars. The revised version instead puts US hops Chinook and Mosaic front and centre in a beer that now sits alongside the brewery's Pale Ale and their Red Ale. It's a clear, vibrant deep golden pour, with a persistent fluffy white head from which you can pick… Read more

Clare Valley Brewing Co Summer Ale

Tapped March 23rd, 2017
When South Australia cooks in searing 40 degree heat over summer, beer drinkers tend to gravitate to lighter coloured beers: lagers, pilsners, wheats, hefeweizens, bright ales or, in this case, a summer ale. Not really a style, perhaps, more a lifestyle beer – one suited to repeat visits on a hot day. As such, the Clare Valley Summer Ale was added into its core range after they realised their portfolio contained a lot of beers more suited to winter. It's a beer designed to be enjoyed while swimming… Read more
Summer Ale

Clare Valley Brewing Co Extra Stout

The jewel in the Clare Valley core range crown is the beer formerly known as King Kong. It was an appropriate name for the beer; at just 6.0 percent ABV, there are far bigger stouts out there but this one always punches above its weight – body and character wise. Indeed, in a state that's not short on good stouts (a legacy, perhaps, of having Coopers and Southwark Old Stout around for many moons), this is up there with SA's best. It pours with a full body that's both viscous and smooth, yet has… Read more
Extra Stout
20 IBU

Clare Valley Brewing Co Red Ale

Back in its early incarnation, Clare Valley Brewing Co had a red ale in its lineup that went by the name of Ranga Tang. Following the rebrand, there's still a red ale in the core range, albeit with a more grown up and sensible name. What's more, the Red Ale is a more grown up beer too: bigger in every way (if memory serves correctly). It pours a ruddy russet colour and offers up a solid slab of maltiness: expect to tuck into burnt caramel, toasted malts and even a hint of coffee. It features a combination… Read more
Red Ale
40 IBU

Clare Valley Brewing Co Pale Ale

Clare Valley's Pale Ale is an Australian pale ale, by which we mean the more contemporary version: an American style pale ale using Aussie hops, as opposed to something akin to Coopers' Original Pale. The hops chosen are Galaxy and Cascade and they form part of a tight, hazy, light golden package. Indeed, it packs a bite bigger than most beers at just 4.5 percent ABV, with its sweet, biscuity, caramel malts joined by a bitey, earthy, drying bitterness.… Read more
Australian Pale Ale
30 IBU

Clare Valley Brewing Co Specials

Clare Valley & Dainton Mango Saison

Tapped November 24th, 2017
The return leg of a two-part collaboration between Clare Valley and Dainton saw Dan travel to the Clare region in South Australia. Considering the first leg was the big, dark, barrel aged Black Forest Russian Imperial Stout, this time around the brewers decided to conjure something more tropical and summery. The Mango Saison saw eight kilograms of Kensington Pride mango puree added late in the ferment with a Belle Saison yeast. Mango is extremely prevalent on the nose, with huge tropical, pure mango… Read more
Mango Saison

Clare Valley Brewing Co Red IPA

Tapped October 23rd, 2017
In the hotter months, lagers and paler beer styles tend to find favour, while, in the cooler months, you'll find more people turning to the comfort blanket provided by darker beers. But what about those in between times? In the case of Clare Valley Brewing Company this spring, a Red IPA is the answer. Released in both kegs and 500ml bottles and registering at 6.9 percent ABV, it's the bigger brother to their core range Red Ale. Deep orange to burnt copper in colour, it delivers some melon and tropical… Read more
60 IBU
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