Kick Back Brewing Hazy IPA

Kick Back Brewing launches in Aldinga

The freshest craft beer brewery in South Australia opens their doors and Kick Back Brewing are ticking all the right boxes at their impressive setup in Aldinga.

Situated just off Main South Road as part of the booming little strip of shops on Old Coach Road sits the newest addition to the craft beer scene here in SA. From the outset you know this isn’t just some slapdash tap arrangement designed to throw out some upmarket home brew. Brenton Schoemaker is the owner and brewer. Coming from a background as a geologist and many years spent home brewing, this is his first crack on a commercial sized brew system.

The glass front of the brewery gives you a fantastic look at the brew system before walking down the alleyway to the side/ main entrance. The venue is large without feeling hollow and empty. Plenty of seating, high and low tables accompanied by a surf design aesthetic and more of those windows giving you a nice look the shiny stainless. The bathrooms look like lined up beach huts, the whole area is well thought out and nicely appointed. Basically all of the construction and furniture was built and finished by people associated with the brewery, something which you can almost tell from how well the fit out works together.

This venue is really going to boom during the warmer months. The covered outdoor areas at the front and the back are nicely set out and allow plenty of room for families and pets. Live music on the weekends to get under way soon.

The bar feels grand, the tap list stretches up, almost touching the high ceiling. Two bays of eight taps are currently pouring their core range of four beers alongside beers from local favourites Mismatch, Prancing Pony and Swell. Local options don’t stop at beer with the wine list boasting some excellent South Australian drops and the spirits following suit. Mad Monkey being one, the new Adelaide based rum distillery which we visited last weekend as well.

The food menu sticks nicely to the slightly higher end pub/ brewery fare copy book, pairing nicely with the beer on offer. The cheeseburger (doubled up, of course) was genuinely one of the best I’ve had recently, no small feat for an operation just seven days into their existence.

NOW TO THE BEERS

CORE RANGE BEERS
Lager
– straight down the line helles style lager. Touch of lemony sweetness and super clean.
XPA – easy drinking as intended. Decent flavour profile.
IPA – traditional style American IPA.
Hazy Pale – the pick of the bunch but not by far.

A British brown ale called ‘The Brig’ has just been tapped, I got a chance to head back the weekend just gone and can confirm it is delicious. Also in tank and to be released over the coming weeks is a West Coast Red IPA, and an Oatmeal Stout. It’s a really strong selection for the first five beers to come out of the new system. One that speaks to the time and effort that has gone into the setup and the expertise Brenton brings to the recipe creation and brewing side.

The core range lineup hits all the rights spots for a new brewery finding its feet in the local scene. Two on the easy drinking side for those new to craft, an IPA for those looking at something heavier plus the hazy pale to satisfy the juice fiends. They have also invested in a 200 litre brew kit to ensure the limited edition beers keep flowing with a new beer every week as part of the plans. Takeaway cans of the core range are also on the cards but don’t expect to see much, if anything, floating around in retail outlets.

A fabulous new addition to the craft beer scene in South Australia. One that has joined a bunch of fantastic options on the Fleurieu Peninsula. If you’re heading towards Aldinga any time soon then we highly recommend you stop by for a beer. If you’re waiting for the weather to warm up, then perhaps call ahead because this place is going to be bustling.

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september, 2021

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