Spotlight on Pirate Life Brewing
About Pirate Life Brewing
Pirate Life’s story began long long ago, all the way in Scotland, where two young boys met while honing in their brewing skills through an apprenticeship. While toiling away, they discussed their dreams of opening a craft brewery in Australia. It could have been their passion, their incredible skills or just a desire to get away from Scottish weather, but whatever the reason, we are all thankful for it.
Fast-forward to 2014 and now Perth based brewers Jack Cameron and Jarred Proudfood led their scallywags across the Nullabour to their new South Australian home of Hindmarsh. Here with the help of Dad and CEO, Michael Cameron or MC, the Pirates began the task of building their optimistic dream. In February 2015, the first lot of wort entered fermentation vessel No.1 (FV1) and was soon followed by their 8.8% Imperial IPA, a baby born of Big Malt, Big Hops and Big fermentation, all ready for their Big 500ml can. This big baby was soon followed by their flagship beer, the West Coast styled Pale Ale and the 3.5% Throwback IPA. It might be light on Alcohol, but it definitely isn’t light on flavour. Designed for intelligent and sexy humans who’d like to be able to throw back a few brews and still get on with their day (or maybe that’s the new pirate way?) All three beers were hop forward, unpasteurised and unapologetically bold.
In January 2016, the party really kicked off with the IIPA and Pale Ale taking 3rd and 4th spot respectively in the GABS hottest 100 Australian Craft beers of 2015. Soon after, Pirate Life celebrated their first birthday at the Gilbert, complete with 1500 buccaneers, a fleet of keg juggling pirates and their new and now iconic Baby Blue IPA.
While things seemed to be smooth sailing for the pirate family, dreams of expanding into a Port Adelaide brewery were always on their minds. In the first two years, Pirate life hosted 100’s of events, won multiple awards and sent their beers across the seas, but this was only the beginning as multinational brewing company AB inBev decided to add Pirate life to its extensive list of breweries. This opened up a world of possibilities to Cameron and Jared and the dream of a Port Adelaide brewery became a reality.
The brewery is of staggering proportions sporting a 20m bar, a merch stall complete with skateboards and bikes, a 50m tall peacock, rotating local food trucks and all while able to host thousands of pirates. As well as serving up the core beers, there is a rotating list of 50plus new beers a years ranging from Apple and Guava Sour, Masala Spiced Porter and even a Hoppy Amber Pale Ale.
So what about the name Pirate Life? Well in the words of Captain Jack himself, “we believe we live our life just like a pirate would, we are care free, relaxed and brew what we want to”. Who knows, maybe there will be a rum flavoured beer in the near future?
Pirate Life Brewery Adelaide has even rumoured of expanding to Adelaide Casino and back to their roots in Perth, Western Australia although us poor east coasters will have to settle with just drinking this damn good beer without the juggling pirates for now.