Excitement brewing in the Port
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
More than 80 jobs and a $15 million world-class brewery and bar venue will be created at Port Adelaide’s historic woolstores by South Australian craft brewer, Pirate Life Brewing.
The new high-tech facility, which will be one of the largest craft breweries in the state, is part of the rejuvenation now underway in the Port.
The new Barlow St site will almost quadruple Pirate Life’s annual production to more than 11 million litres.
The brewery features a new state-of-the-art brewing plant, with 100 per cent of its purchased electricity to be sourced from renewables by 2025. The State Government will also contribute $2 million to the historic site’s redevelopment through the Economic Investment Fund.
With plans to become one of the largest craft breweries in Australia, Pirate Life has ambitions to expand the new brewery into the future – with the site offering ample room for growth.
Pirate Life Chief Executive John Phinney said it has been a great experience partnering with government and the company couldn’t be happier about building what will be Australia’s best craft brewing destination in Port Adelaide.
“We are proud of the history we’ve built and we intend to make sure our growth and upcoming endeavours are a part of both Port Adelaide and South Australia’s future,” said Mr Phinney.
“This project will help us deliver on our goal to continue making the best beers in Australia. We are incredibly excited about getting those beers into the pubs, fridges, and hands of our friends all around Australia and the world.”
The company will continue to operate its current Hindmarsh brewery, transforming it into an innovation centre focused on research and development, training, and the production of specialty beers.
In late 2017, Belgian-based brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) acquired Pirate Life Brewing, adding it to its stable of more than 500 beer brands.