Frothingtons and Skateboarding

Skate and beer fans alike have a reason to get excited this Saturday 1st of April as the temporary skate park on Wakefield Street in the city plays host the Turnt Up at the Temp - Best Trick Skate Jam. From 12 noon you’ll be able to enjoy some epic skateboarding and thanks to our mates at TJ’s Bar and Grill some epic beers. The bus bar will be parked up alongside the skate park serving a bunch of goodness including FAF Mosaic IPA. So come join us on the top deck of the bus bar, sip a couple of froths in the sun and watch some of Australia’s finest skaters throw down on the park.

If you can’t make it to the park Saturday catch us down at the brewery. Our store is open from 12 noon - 6pm Tuesday to Friday and 11am - 4pm Saturday serving up tasters of the core range, tinnies to sip on, take away beers, good coffee and brewery tours every day at 2pm.

We also have the full range of merch available in the front room if you feel like kitting yourself out with some new threads. Chances are you’ll run into a couple of the brewery crew and get to see us in full swing brewing up a storm. The store has stepped up its game since opening and just keeps getting better, so come say gday to Ed, talk beer, drink beer and check out whats going on down at 89 South Road.


PLB Crew

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