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A refreshing beer is considered by some as a summertime staple, but just because the weather has started to cool doesn’t mean a good ale, lager or cider is off the cards. Whether you love a German brew, a crisp apple cider or a unique craft, there are plenty of pubs and breweries in and around Hahndorf with wide selections.
So without further ado, let us enlighten you with the best spots to visit for your next cold one.
A microbrewery producing hand crafted boutique beers, Gulf Brewery can be found in a charming old building on the main street of Hahndorf and is a great place to relax by the fireplace in winter. Offering a unique range, there’s sure to be a beer to suit your individual palate. Whether you love a crisp, refreshing lager, a smooth dark chocolate stout, a smoky brew or all of the above and more, head to Gulf Brewery. A hot tip? Get their tasting paddle if you just want a little taste of them all. Their 6 beer paddle is $10 and allows you to choose between 10 beers of 330ml; alternatively the 10 beer paddle is $14 and consists of all the beers on offer all in 550ml glasses. Round up your friends and family and book your group in for the full tasting experience. They can cater for groups of up to 30 people in winter and larger groups in summer but bookings are essential. What’s more, you can even bring in your own food to nibble on. If this is sounding like the perfect day out for you, call 8388 1221 or email email@example.com and book your group in.
>> 81 Main Street, Hahndorf // gulfbrewery.com.au
Are you seeking a fine German beer? Head for the Arcobräu Brauhaus next to the Hahndorf Inn, and be in awe of the traditional beer hall. Fully renovated and located in the incredible Borchers Blacksmith Barn that was built in 1863, you’ll feel like you’ve left Adelaide and stepped into a whole new world. With an extensive range of Bavarian-made Arcobräu beers (the beer house’s partner brand) including Helles, Weissbier (wheat beer), Dunkels and Pilsener on offer, plus other family owned German varieties on tap, you’ll be sinking more than a few in an effort to try and taste all the exciting flavours. Enjoy their large 60-seat outdoor beer garden or relish the atmosphere inside the hall as you’re waited on by their staff in traditional German dress. Stop by for the full German experience Fridays through to Sundays between 11 – 5pm during the winter months.
>> 35 Main Street, Hahndorf // arcobraubrauhaus.com.au
Another stop for a German beer experience is the classic German Arms Hotel. Established in 1839, this hotel is a South Australian icon, rich in history and known for their delicious food and range of both local and German beers. Local boutique beers and unique German flavours are their speciality so if you want to know a little bit of background history to your brew be sure to ask the staff for some extra insight. With all-day dining on offer every day of the week, this is your stop for a good feed of the finest old-fashioned hearty meals. Pair your refreshing pint with a big feast for the ultimate foodie experience in Hahndorf.
>> 69 Main Street, Hahndorf // germanarmshotel.com.au
Initially established in 1854 and operating as a steam mill, servicing farmers as far away as Victoria for over 60 years, the Hahndorf Old Mill became a German-style restaurant in 1971 after all milling operations were closed down in 1923. Now a popular food and drink destination – and also a great place to rest your head during your visit to the village – the Old Mill boasts three bars where you’re sure to find your beer fix. Head to the Main Bar for a chat with locals, the atrium-style Saloon Bar for a quieter space to enjoy the company of your friends or venture to the Buffet Bar if you want to be close by to the famous buffet dinner while enjoying a selection of local and German beers on tap. Whichever your preference, the Old Mill is another great stop during your explorations.
>> 98 Main Street, Hahndorf // hahndorfoldmill.com
With an already stellar line up, The Haus Hahndorf is adding to their repetoir with a newly-launched craft and European beer selection – we're talking an extensive 30 choices on offer. Of this incredible range, they are the exclusive stockists of a famous 'smoked bacon beer' from a 400 year old brewery in Upper Franconia, Bavaria. We're not kidding when we say it actually tastes and smells like bacon. Coming soon, they will also hold a new range on tap from the oldest brewery in the world, Weinstephan in Bavaria. Top it off with their Taste of Bavaria platter and you're onto a cracker of a day!
>> 38 Main Street, Hahndorf // haushahndorf.com.au
If you’ve managed to bring along a designated driver for the day, don’t miss out on visiting this golden gem located just out of Hahndorf.
Creating some of the best craft beer we’ve ever tasted, the award-winning Prancing Pony Brewery is a must visit when in the Adelaide Hills. Located a short drive out of Hahndorf along Mount Barker Road, you’ll be treated to long flavoured beers with bold, big malt flavours and aromas that tickle your senses at The Brewshed. Relish in the rustic industrial style shed that mixes pony memorabilia with brewing equipment, while kicking back with a beer tasting plank and a tasty feed. Small bites, burgers, regional tasting platters and family friendly fare, this is a great spot for groups to enjoy. And if you’d like to learn more about the brewing process, sign your group up for a tour where you can see, smell and the hear the brewing process in action including mashing, fermentation, bottling and labelling.
>> 42 Mount Barker Road, Totness // prancingponybrewery.com.au