Stretch, beanstalk, string bean, lanky, big fella, tiny and Goliath… All are nicknames Brad Reid has been given over the years and the reason is obvious: he looms large at 213cm (or seven feet / six feet twelve if you prefer these things imperial).
Along with wife Alle, Brad launched SixTwelve Brewing in December 2020 when Alle was made redundant during the early months of the COVID pandemic. They’d always told each other that if one of them was ever to be made redundant they would start a brewery – and they kept their promise.
Previously, Alle worked in project management and Brad was a business analyst, two professions that stood them in good stead when it came to developing their business, especially early on.
They opened their brewery and taproom under one roof in St Agnes, initially operating a nanobrewery setup to test the waters. Their first beers were created on a 100L system and poured within earshot, but it wasn’t long before they outgrew capacity thanks to strong demand from their local community: they hit the first year’s goals laid out in their business plan within six months and had to revise their ambitions upwards.
In came a 200L system but, again, this proved short-lived: less than two years after launching, they needed more fermenting space and a bigger system. They invested in a 500L brewhouse and a range of 2,000L, 1,000L and 500l fermenters, which meant they’d not only outgrown their brewing capacity but also the space in which the original breweries had sat.
As a result, since late 2022, production has expanded to a separate facility in Holden Hill, where they’ve also set up a barrel program. Brad retains the head brewer tag, bringing years of homebrewing experience prior to his SixTwelve days to the table, with Dylan Randall by his side. Previously a brewer at Vale / Fox Hat, having spent time before that with UK brewing icons Fuller’s, Dylan lives around the corner from the taphouse and was already a regular at the bar.
Back in St Agnes, you'll find the taphouse sharing a space that was formerly a car garage with a gym and a coffee roaster; the latter has collaborated several times with SixTwelve. Ten taps pour the core range along with a forever-evolving lineup of limited releases.
Even without those limited releases, the core range touches many bases, starting small with a raspberry gose, pale mid and a 4.5 percent ABV German style lager, before moving through American pale, West Coast IPA, NEIPA, red rye IPA and dry Irish stout.
Live music features heavily come the weekend, and is just one of many features keeping the local community entertained. There’s a trivia night on Thursdays, food trucks on weekends, Friday night meat tray raffles, and a popular members program, aptly named The 7 Foot Society.
SixTwelve have also teamed up with the crew from Snob, who have opened their own kitchen at the taproom with a menu curated to celebrate the harmonious marriage of food, beer and spirits.
Another extension of the SixTwelve family is Five Eleven Distilling, who launched their range of carefully crafted products in late 2022. The taproom takes pride in serving a variety of their authentic grain-to-bottle spirits; this includes a range of vodka, gin, and liqueurs, all produced using the highest quality ingredients and meticulous production processes.
It might have been a tall order starting afresh in a new industry at a time when the world was in turmoil but it hasn’t taken long for Brad, Alle and the SixTwelve team to cement a place in Adelaide’s beer scene, looming large in the previously craft beer-starved St Agnes area.