Food Drink

Your first look into Adelaide’s newest, tiniest, craft beer bar

Now open: a hub for craft beer in the city’s East End, with Local SA beers on tap and elevated bar food.

Photos courtesy of Hidden Brew Taphouse

If last year was good for one thing, it was highlighting how many industrious, creative people there are in Adelaide — especially in hospitality.

In the midst of a pandemic, with harsh dining restrictions in place and facing a national recession, restaurants, bars, hotels and wineries were unwavering in their commitment to showing Adelaide a good time.

However Covid delayed the opening of this hidden Gem and it was until the middle of January that they were finally able to swing open their doors!

Kangaroo, parsnip textures, mushroom pate and pear cider caramel

The brewhouse is making a home for themselves in the city’s East End, is and You’ll find them a couple of doors down from owners Debra and Mark Robinson’s previous venture, Laneway Espresso, in Ebenezer Place.

With the day crowd covered by their coffee shop, it’s now the Robinson’s mission to inject a little more atmosphere into Ebenezer’s evenings.

While Vardon Place pumps day and night, bolstered by round-the-clock offerings from venues like Exchange Coffee and East End Cellars, Mark is hoping his little bar will draw an evening crowd up the stairs.

The offering is fairly straightforward: a small bar serving craft beers on tap, and elevated snacky things. Mark says there’ll be 8 different indie SA beers at any one time. The initial line up includes pours from The Suburban Brew (Goodwood), Silver Bark (Adelaide Hills) and Goodieson Brewery (McLaren Vale).

Their initial plans for a nano-brewery were stunted due to space, but the Robinsons have been hard at work on a bespoke beer for Hidden Brew Taphouse. It’s a New England IPA in collaboration with Silver Bark. “It’s not quite ready yet,” says Mark, “but it’s already presenting as really hazy and tropical. All those classic New England IPA characteristics.”

As far as food goes, expect “levelled-up” versions of bar snacks. Things like blue swimmer crab crostini, Oysters and hearty meals such as South Australian beef rump, chicken fat kipfler potatoes, confit onion and black garlic jus.

“Beer bars can tend to be a bit blokey,” says Mark “so we want this to be accessible for everyone. A Lot of people like craft beer so we want to offer that craft beer environment but in a less blokey way.”

“Think of a really nice cocktail bar, but with beer instead of cocktails,” he says.

The Hidden Brew Tap House is located at Cnr Ebenezer Place and Union Street Adelaide, SA, Australia 5000.

For more info on The Hidden Brew Tap house check out their website here.

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