Excitement brewing in the Port with Pirate Life expansion

13 February

More than 80 jobs and a $15 million world-class brewery and bar venue will be created at Port Adelaide’s historic woolstores by South Australian craft brewer, Pirate Life Brewing.

The new high-tech facility, which will be one of the largest craft breweries in South Australia, is part of the rejuvenation now underway in the Port.

The new Barlow St site will almost quadruple Pirate Life’s annual production to more than 11 million litres.

The brewery features a new state-of-the-art brewing plant, with 100 per cent of its purchased electricity to be sourced from renewables by 2025. The State Government will also contribute $2 million to the historic site’s redevelopment through the Economic Investment Fund.

With plans to become one of the largest craft breweries in Australia, Pirate Life has ambitions to expand the new brewery into the future – with the site offering ample room for growth.

The company will continue to operate its current Hindmarsh brewery, transforming it into an innovation centre focused on research and development, training, and the production of specialty beers.

Pirate Life was founded by father and son, Mick and Jack Cameron, and Jared Proudfoot in 2014. It has grown to be a leading craft brewer, producing award-winning beers predominantly for the Australian market, with exports to New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Hong Kong.

In late 2017, Belgian-based brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) acquired Pirate Life Brewing, adding it to its stable of more than 500 beer brands.

Investment Attraction South Australia has been working closely with Pirate Life to maximise AB InBev’s investment in South Australia.

Premier Jay Weatherill said this young South Australian company has quickly distinguished itself in a rapidly growing craft beer market, catching the attention of consumers nationally and internationally.

“After a few false starts, the Port has entered a new golden era. This development adds to the growing number of workers, visitors and residents coming to the Port, including the new 500-person education building, the Future Submarines project with thousands of workers, 750 new homes at Dock One, private development on the waterfront and the new spur line and train station,” Mr. Weatherill said.

“Pirate Life will be a key tourism drawcard for the Port, and I look forward to seeing the company achieve their goal of becoming one of Australia’s largest craft breweries.”

Pirate Life Chief Executive John Phinney said the decision to choose Port Adelaide and expand the business in South Australia was reinforced by the support received from the State Government.

“Pirate Life is proudly South Australian, so we’re stoked to be partnering with the Government to create jobs in Port Adelaide and grow the South Australian economy,” said Mr. Phinney.

“It has been a great experience partnering with government and we couldn’t be happier about building what will be Australia’s best craft brewing destination in Port Adelaide. We are proud of the history we’ve built and we intend to make sure our growth and upcoming endeavours are a part of both Port Adelaide and South Australia’s future.”

“This project will help us deliver on our goal to continue making the best beers in Australia. We are incredibly excited about getting those beers into the pubs, fridges, and hands of our friends all around Australia and the world,” said Mr. Phinney.