Mismatch Brewing Co

Bringing together a bunch of seemingly mismatched people to start a business might not seem the smartest of ideas. But take a look at where Mismatch Brewing Company – and its associated operations – sits today and you’d have to conclude the founders were onto a good thing.

Mismatched they might have been in some ways, but the folks that came together back in 2013 had one crucial thing in common: they were all industry professionals, drawn from different corners of the beverage industry. What’s more, they had big ambitions to leave their mark on the craft beer world, not to mention the worlds of cider, hospitality, spirits…

When the brewing company first appeared, it was with Archie’s Red Ale, a beer brewed via the contract route. With ex Little Creatures employee Ewan Brewerton wielding the mash paddle, they became the first customers at Big Shed Brewing Concern’s fledgling communal brewery and continued in the same vein for some years, adding BrewPack and Hawkers to their list of partner breweries as they grew, even utilising the canning line at Vale to meet demand, something that had been growing fast following the release of their second beer, a 4 percent ABV quaffer aptly named Session Ale.

Despite starting out in the beer world in sales, Ewan’s desire was always to get involved in the making of great beer. So he travelled to Sunderland in the UK, where he completed a diploma at Brewlab: a four-month course that gave him comprehensive knowledge in brewing from the raw materials, through to the lab and packaging.

It's knowledge he brought back to Adelaide, where he set to work on developing an evolving lineup of Mismatch beers, one that’s gone on to span a broad spectrum over the years, from a Strawberry Berliner Weisse and Helles style lager through their bright and fruity Pale Ale and a hefty 7.5 percent ABV IPA, to bigger, darker beers, such the Evil Archie’s – a more aggressive version of the original red ale, and a Chocolate Stout that rears its head in the colder months.

Ewan and his growing team of brewers don’t just offer variety. As evidenced by a series of trophies – not least Champion Independent Beer for their Lager at the 2018 Indies and a trophy for their Pale the following year – they’re knocking out consistently high quality beers too.

Mismatch and the beers only tell part of the story, however, as the owners have involvement in other local SA businesses too. In 2016, the SA state government announced the awarding of a $950 000 grant that allowed four of them – Mismatch, Hills Cider, ADL Hills Distillery and Ashton Valley Juices – to open a unique venue in the Adelaide Hills.

Lot 100 opened to the public in 2018 and isn’t your typical cellar door venue; sure, you can try all the Mismatch beers here, including small batch brews rarely elsewhere, but it’s more a super venue of sorts – the SA booze world’s version of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Under the one roof, you’ll find the aforementioned companies along with Vinteloper wines. Throw in an Italian-inspired kitchen and the venue is complete; well, almost…

It’s not just drinking and eating that takes place at Lot 100 – that’s just the front of house. Out the back is a vast shed that houses Mismatch’s 35hL brewhouse, fermenters, a lab, one of the biggest cool-rooms around and a canning line, alongside Adelaide Hills Distillery’s still and spirit making equipment. Then there’s the water treatment plant that filters the on site bore water with a reverse osmosis filter system to be used in production, while also treating their wastewater to be used for its original purpose of irrigating crops, plus plans for a barrel room at some point in the future, housed in a separate shed and earmarked for a wild beer program.

Drinkers can book in to a tour of the facility, using the indoor, purpose-built patio that looks over the entire facility. Outside there is ample room for continuous development, including the introduction of a variety of different farm animals and crops that will eventually be utilised by the kitchen staff. Want more? There’s a natural amphitheatre that’s set to host numerous musical parties and performances. Travelling from interstate in style? Why not use their helipad?

Just as well known across Australia as Mismatch is sibling operation Adelaide Hills Cider; you’ll often find both companies side by side at events. The cider business is actually the older of the two, starting out in January 2010 and hitting the ground running. Using nothing but Adelaide Hills fruit, the company helped rejuvenate the fruit growing industry in the Hills through the use of fruit that that might previously have been rejected for minor blemishes. Their range of ciders has enjoyed consistent awards success, too, regularly adding to a swelling trophy cabinet.

There might be plenty of moving parts at play, with some of the owners also involved in other venues and events companies, yet the seemingly mismatched gang has woven them into a smooth-running operation. Balancing ambition and grand vision with quality, consistent products, they’ve created a proudly South Australian collection of businesses with a fine reputation throughout the country’s booze industry.

Matt King

Name
Mismatch Brewing Co
Address

Lot 100 Chambers Road
Hay Valley
SA 5252

Phone
0412 398 046
Open Hours

Thurs to Sun: 11am to 6pm

Tours

Sat and Sun: 11am and 2pm (or on request)

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Mismatch Brewing Co Regulars

Mismatch Brewing Co Session Ale

One of the very first Mismatch releases and one that lives up to its name. Aussie hops give Session Ale a welcoming tropical aroma with mango to the fore, while it skips lightly across the palate. Clean (as is the Mismatch way), with a bitterness that's fruity and drying at the same time, setting you up nicely for the next one in your session.… Read more
Style
Session Ale
ABV
4.0%
Bitterness
26 IBU

Mismatch Brewing Co Lager

For all the experimental and out there beers hitting taps and fridges across Australia in recent years, it's often been those of a more traditional bent that have picked up the country's major trophies. Sitting happily in that lineup is Mismatch's Lager, winner of the prestigious Champion Independent Australian Beer at the 2018 Indies. It's not a beer that tries to reinvent the style or offers any twists, just a classic lager inspired by the helles of Munich that's darn well made. Malt led, with… Read more
Style
Helles style Lager
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
20 IBU

Mismatch Brewing Co India Pale Ale

If something ain't broke, why fix it? Sure, the IPA family tree has taken some pretty interesting routes (or should that be roots?) in recent times, many of them delicious too. But there's a reason the style was such a strong point from which to launch: the classic India Pale Ale as reimagined by American craft brewers is just a bloody awesome beer when done right. And Mismatch are clearly very aware of that. They've used a combination of US hops Idaho #7 and Mosaic with Moutere out of New Zealand… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.5%
Bitterness
70 IBU

Mismatch Brewing Co Pale Ale

There's been a move in recent years to strip out as much of the malt character in pale ales as possible, leaving the pale gold beers as pure hop delivery systems: all the fruit, some bitterness, and nothing else to get in the way. It makes pouring a glass of Mismatch's Pale something of a change – a throwback, perhaps – to when brewers here were first mimicking their peers from across the Pacific and looking to create Sierra Nevada (or Little Creatures) inspired pales. Here, they've used Crystal… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
45 IBU

Mismatch Brewing Co Specials

Mismatch Brewing Co Strawberry Berliner Weisse

Tapped November 1st, 2019
Mismatch's can designs have something of the classy cricket club's logo about them, yet still work even when taken into bold colour territory. And they're rarely bolder than when they put out one of their fruited Berliner Weisse. The livery for this strawberry-laced affair might not be as bright as its mandarin predecessor but it's strawberries-and-cream lolly shades are a good precursor for what lies inside. That said, there's no even a hint of pink to the liquid; but there is a creaminess to the… Read more
Style
Strawberry Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.0%

Mismatch Brewing Co New England Lager

Tapped October 1st, 2019
Having praised Mismatch's Lager elsewhere on this site for approaching the style with the classics in mind, here they served up something very different for their spring 2019 release. Where most brewers have opted to pair "New England" with IPA when creating something hazy and hopped to the eyeballs, they decided to follow the path less trodden and go to work with a lager. And, boy, was it worth it. It pours a very hazy (as it should) pale gold and is all mangoes and pineapples on the nose.… Read more
Style
New England Lager
ABV
5.0%
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