Featured Image Courtesy of City Brief
While wine lovers are spoilt for choice in the East End, the world of Local Craft Beer has been noticeably under-represented in the area for some time. Iconic City East publicans, The Stag Public House, The Exeter, The Austral and The Crown & Anchor may all dabble in the world of Craft Beer, and while NOLA are renowned for their rotating menu of local features, no other venue has really championed the experimental brew.
Enter the Hidden Brew Taphouse, the newest addition to Adelaide’s Craft Beer and Microbrewery Scene. That’s launching this week, just in time for Friday knock-offs.
With the sole focus bringing great South Australian producers to the forefront, while creating a unique dining experience that pairs small batch brews with an impressively delicate, but intricate menu from Head Chef Dale Balderson (Think small plates of White Fish Crudo with Finger Lime & Crisp Salt Bush, or Blue Swimmer Crab Costini with Bottarga and Salmon Pearls with larger offerings of locally sourced, Grain-fed Beef Rump and crowd pleasing Lemon Roast Chicken), Hidden Brew Taphouse offers a specially curated selection of South Australian craft beers, including eight local tipples on tap at any one time. The initial offering includes beers from Suburban Brewing, Goodieson Brewery, Loophole Brewing, Woolshed Brewery and Barossa Valley Brewing.
Founders Debra and Mark Robinson, the pair behind the popular The Laneway on Ebenezer located only a few doors down from the new venture, have been steadily building their network of South Australian protein, fruit and vegetables producers who are now supplying the Hidden Brew Taphouse with the best local produce straight from paddocks to your plate.
“With the Hidden Brew Taphouse, we are championing South Australian producers and giving them a platform to be discovered, while creating a space that allows the community to support local and try the best of what our state has to offer,” says founder, Mark Robinson.
This marriage of fine food, and Craft Beer hopes to attract Microbrew enthusiasts, while remaining approachable and welcoming to those looking to diversify their palette and try something outside of the usual Food & Wine offering.
“We definitely saw a gap in the market for a space that catered to novice and veteran beer lovers without being typecast as a traditional bar, which is typically very bloke-y,” says founder & owner, Mark Robinson. “We wanted to create a welcoming, inclusive environment where people could discover new beers, explore our offerings and the makers behind them.”
The venue will be leveraging the talents of their partnered producers with various masterclasses, tasting and pairing events throughout the year, that will be announced through The Hidden Brew Taphouse social media pages.
The duo have also been busy with the development of a Hidden Brew Taphouse New England IPA beer in partnership with Adelaide Hills’ micro-brewery, Silver Bark.
Hidden Brew Taphouse is located at the corner Ebenezer Place and Union Street, Adelaide, and is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm until late, and closed Monday and Tuesday.