Segundo Cumpleaños

March is a special time of year here at Pirate Life. It was the first week of this month back in 2015 that we debuted our beers down at the Gilbert St Hotel here in Adelaide. Last year our first birthday went off like a frog in a sock so we knew we had to make this year’s celebration count. Twenty five tonnes of sand, a couple of dozen palm trees, three new beers and three thousand punters later we feel like we have done a fair old job. This year we were lucky enough to have a gent by the name of Ben White set his Go-Pro up to capture the preparations and day of celebration so we are going to let the video do all the talking…

Thank you to the crew at the Gilbert Street Hotel. They are unquestionably the true heroes of the day as they poured thousands of pints and put up with the general shenaniganry that goes along with a Pirate Life party. Also, big thanks to the friends and family members who came down on Saturday and helped out with the prep, raking twenty odd tonne of sand isn’t an easy job and the place looked amazing. And thank you to all the crew who came down to party with us, it is always humbling to see such a mad show of love for the brewery and we couldn’t do what we do without you all.

Among the beers that we debuted on our birthday was the second in our ongoing collaboration with Tomfoolery Wines. This time a Saison aged in Grenache Barrels. The relatively blank canvas that is a Saison lets the flavours left behind by the Grenache shine through. More wine than beer, it hits the palate a bone dry mixture of Riesling and Chardonnay which, after a few moments of confusion, gives way to a gentle Saison finish reminding you that you are indeed sipping on a froth.

West Australian friends will have the chance to try this brew along with our new Mosaic IPA, the Apricot Berliner Weiss and all the old favourites this weekend when our mates at the Dutch Trading Co host a belated birthday bash for us. The event kicks off Saturday arvo and all the details can be found right here. We will also be at Old Bridge Cellars down in North Freo on Saturday between 2 and 5 for a tasting and a chance to have a yarn with Jack, Red and MC.


PLB Crew

Pirate Life Turns Two!

A lot can happen in two years and standing in our brewery here on South Road in Hindmarsh is testament to just that. A couple of years ago you could have played indoor cricket in all the space inside our warehouse. Today we have all but filled up the shed at 89 South Road and grown to occupy the property next door. Where just six fermenters stood before we now have 19 and a second canning line hums away everyday packaging beer which now finds itself on shelves not only Australia wide but also Hong Kong, New Zealand and the UK.

We don’t often have the time to get together as a group and rip the lid. But last year in early March we managed to gather at the Gilbert St Hotel on what ended up being one of the hottest days of the summer and celebrated turning one year old. The result was a party of pretty epic proportions: we shut down a street, we debuted our IPA, we rocked out to blues tunes, watched the boys from Barbu juggle some kegs, got soaked in afternoon rain, retreated indoors and shut the pub down with some Sexual Healing by the Hot 8 Brass Band.

This year we are planning to do all (well most) of it again. Once again we will be heading to the spiritual home of Pirate Life: The Gilbert St Hotel. The bar inside will be pouring nothing but Pirate Life and to help keep the crowds well watered we will be shutting off Russell St which will become a giant beach themed outdoor can bar serving the full range of Pirate Life tinnays. Hills Cider and the Gilbert St Hotel’s usual wine list will also be available for those who aren’t on the froths.

Murmurs of new beers have abounded in recent times and we can confirm that three new brews will be debuted on the day. The first is a tribute to the hop which makes Pirate Life Pale Ale: Mosaic. A 7.2% homage to what we believe may be the greatest hop ever grown. The resulting beer is as the name implies: a kaleidoscopic journey through tropical flavour. Somehow Mosaic finds a way to impart every delicious flavour you ask of hops all on its own, backed by a clean light malt bill it’s the beer equivalent of a Fruit Punch Juice Box.

The next beer is our second Tomfoolery x Pirate Life collaboration. A Saison aged in Grenache barrels. Once again the combination of beer and wine is unlike any we have ever made or tasted before. More wine than beer, it hits the palate with a bone dry almost Riesling like character which after a few moments of confusion gives way to a typical Saison finish thanks to the French Ale yeast with which it was fermented. It’s a beer which will have you second guessing all the way and one which we have enjoyed brewing with our mates up at Tomfoolery.

Last of all is our Apricot Berliner Weisse. Affectionately dubbed Acid Rain here at the brewery, this beer is the result of last year’s state-wide blackout. A sour mash Throwback aged in red wine barrels and then conditioned with a half-tonne of fresh Riverland apricots. The beer is clean and crisp with a gentle lactic character layered over a hint of red wine and oak. A couple of months resting on apricots has imparted a gentle stone fruit character and a healthy little bump to the acidity. We soured this beer out at 3 am on Friday morning after almost 24 hours stuck in the Mash Tun. Its justice to both a creative brewing team and a highly dysfunctional power grid.

So that’s what to expect. The party kicks off at Midday on Sunday 5th of March and looks to be an absolute cracker.

See you there,

PLB Crew

Pirate Life Update 16 Feb 2017

It’s been a little over a month since we caught you up with what’s been going on around the traps here at the brewery. January came and went and with it our second GABS Hottest 100 Countdown. We celebrated the day down at the Gilbert St Hotel here in Adelaide where a pretty solid crowd came together to watch the results roll in. The word stoked gets bandied around a little too often these days but it’s about the only way to describe us around 6 pm that day after a few celebratory IIPA’s. Suffice to say that the Friday shift that followed was a rocky one for all involved. We managed to brew one batch of stout which is currently sitting in tank tasting delicious and waiting for a new home in some barrels.

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We also copped a new bit of wall art down at South Road. World conquering street artist Steen Jones dropped by and threw down a sick painting at our north entrance. Steen is a Brisbane based artist/illustrator who also runs his own clothing company and art studio Few and Far Collective. Steen’s work graces walls in cities all around the world and we were lucky enough to pin him down for a few days earlier this month. He threw up his giant Pirate Ship so fast he even had time to paint one of his signature skulls in our showroom. They ended up epic so if you find yourself at the brewery make sure you have a gander.

We have also found our way to a few of the summers music festivals. Last month punters at the Electric Garden Festival in Sydney were fuelled by our Golden Era Golden Ale and NZ Pale Ale while watching Eric Prydz and Basement Jaxx throwing down some old school bangers. The Adelaide Laneway Festival at Harts Mill saw a bunch of amped Adelaideans enjoying the same brews while rocking to the tunes of Dune Rats, Tame Impala and Tash Sultana. And just last weekend, the first of what is hopefully many concerts at Glenelg Beach was an all South Australian affair in the beverage department. Hills Cider, Alpha Box and Dice wine, Twenty Third Street spirits and Pirate Life beer helping keep five thousand sand covered music fans happy while they enjoyed Xavier Rudd and Cat Empire on the most iconic beach in all of SA.

Big thanks to Blac List entertainment, the St Jeromes Laneway crew and the boys from GA entertainment for the hook ups, Steen Jones for his work down at the brewery and to all the crew who voted for our beers in the Hottest 100.


PLB Crew