Hop over to new brewery

Nina Maurovic and Mike Holden testing out the new bar facilities.
Nanjing Night Net

Kangaroo Island’s reputation as a boutique foodie destination continues to grow with a new brewery entering the scene – Kangaroo Island Brewery.

Located just outside of Kingscote on North Coast Road, Kangaroo Island Brewery has opened its doors to the public with positive reviews from locals and tourists alike.

The motto of Kangaroo Island Breweryis hand built beer and on entering the premises, one can see why.

The bar and brew room have been hand-built from local stone, the floor bricks have been hand-chiselled and the recycled timbers have been painstakingly sanded back to perfection.

But the one thing that counts the most is the beer, and that is definitely hand built with pride and passion.

Mike Holden and Nina Maurovic are responsible for this new brewery and have been brewing and building for the last 12 months.

Their aim is to use the hops that are already planted on site, with barley to be planted shortly, to produce Kangaroo Island’s first 100 percentlocally grown beer.

“We are very happy with the results from our brewing so far, but we can’t wait to add more local produce to our brews as it becomes available,” Mr Holden said.

“It’s all about using sustainable ingredients and developing beer that we can be proud of. So far the response from beer consumers has been positive and we have been taken back by the amount of local support we have received.”

All beer is brewed in house on a small three vessel system that allows KIB to ramp up or slow down production based on demand.

The smaller system can output 150 litres in one brew or 600 litres a day at full steam.

The process uses natural gas as the primary heat source keeping the environmental footprint to a minimum.

The entire site is off grid using agenerator capable of running on biodiesel.

KIB has six beers on tap ranging from simple flavours through to complex hoppy brews that are rich in colour and punch.

“Packaging is the next evolution, we are only a few weeks off a bottled beer to distribute locally and abroad,” Mr Holden said.

“We are conscious about the consumer and want to offer good value. We believe it is important to enter the market at prices equivalent to the already available ‘off the shelf’ beers and are working as hard as we can to get that price right.”

Mr Holden says they arethe first microbrewery on Kangaroo Island to offer a cellar door experience with beer on tap.

“Alongside others in the market place, Kangaroo Island has an opportunity to create a microbrewery region and add another spoke to the wheel of quality locally produced goods,” hesaid.

Kangaroo Island Brewery is growing their own hops in a quest to become the first fully grown Kangaroo Island beer.

The brewing room is where all the magic happens.

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