Adelaide will be opening its first Malt Shovel Taphouse this weekend and we got a sneak preview at the grand opening. The taphouse has 16 different beers on tap, giving a variety of choice for those beer lovers out there.
I got to try three of the beers. The Ninetails amber ale was hoppy and had a fruity aftertaste. The Ditch Creeper had a mandarin flavour to it; it was sweet and summery. My personal favourite was the White Rabbit, ironically it was voted as the best beer in Australia. It was very light and easy to drink.
If you’re not a fan of beer, then there is also a listing of South Australian wines coming from the Barossa, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale.
The Head Chef, Kane Boase put on a wonderful feast with canapes being handed out, and an antipasto platter to nibble from. I got to feast into delicious Deep Fried Mushrooms dipped in garlic aioli and Octopus with romesco sauce.
There were French Fries cooked in truffle oil and king fisher tacos. A vegetarian option was also available with a Tofu Salad mixed with rocket and beetroot. I really enjoyed the Pulled Chicken Sliders with coleslaw.
The place was set up in a classy manner, it has an industrial hipster effect to it with wheat table decor on the tables and shovels around the dining room to resemble the taphouse beer theme. The area is open with outdoor dining with cushioned booths and stalls. The area can fit 550 guests. It will also be a pet friendly venue so feel free to bring along your dog on a Sunday afternoon.
The guests ears were rewarded with snazzy jazz sounds of a blue-brothers type trio and then the main entertainment was acoustic soul and alternative rock from Ollie English, who was a featured artist on Triple J’s unearthed.
It’s a perfect location for entertainment with a perfect view for the New Year’s Eve fireworks since the taphouse is located under the festival centre and adjacent from the footbridge that leads towards Adelaide oval.
Malt Shovel Taphouse officially opens to the public December 1st so be sure to come and try some amazing beers this summer and enjoy the views of the riverbank.
Words and Images by Christian Cominos
WHERE: Festival Drive, Adelaide