What is a cowie…..? Great question and you can find out the answers behind the name of this business + a bit of local knowledge when you visit this epic family friendly BELTER of a craft brewery. Located in Minlaton on the Yorke Peninsula about two and a half hours from Adelaide, you’ll find your self surrounded by the wholesome goodness of many, many Yorke Peninsula activities and attractions that are great with kids and even better washed down with one of these beers.
You will love the casual, funky, relaxed open air feel of this ‘beer shed’ (Can we call it a beer shed?) With loads of indoor seating, a cosy fireplace and plenty of outdoor tables too. It feels like a bit of a hub for the community, but also a solid asset to local tourism.
There’s no kitchen at this brewery, but check in with the Watsacowie website, or social media accounts, as they often have the best of the local food trucks serving up top beer nosh. We fully lucked it with YP Wood Oven Pizzas on our visit and that sure kept the kids happy so as Dad (that’s me) could enjoy his exceptional (and well earned – because gaawd traveling with kids is more of an adventure than a holiday isn’t it…..) beer paddle.
You know what else? Country hospitality is rad. We have encountered it every where on Yorkes and owners Brendan and Roxanne Phasey are no exception, always happy to have a chat and tell you the story of ditching their daily in the Adelaide Hills and establishing their brewing company here in 2017.
This is damn good beer and we were stoked to see they have made the move to cans since our last visit. We love that, and we love that well…….. there is just nothing pretentious about the place or the people – yet it’s all very on trend. You don’t find that in Leigh Street.
There must have been about ten brews on tap the day we visited. Jazzy Red Ale was a strong favourite, and aptly named after the beautiful Red Kelpie Brewery Dog Jazz.
No food trucks or events on your planned dates to visit? No worries, you can also pack the picnic hamper and self cater. Man, we are LOVING this about Yorkes, it seems to be a bit of a thing a few places that we have visited, but please check – you don’t want to rock in to a venue with your own food if that’s not the G.O.
Plenty of room for prams here, and just for kids in general, who will enjoy seeing the actual working brewery. It’s a great place to stop if you are on your way back from a beach drive at nearby Parsons or Bluff Beach, tag a visit on to your Minlaton Playground visit or do what we did, browse the local shops, smash down some Minlaton Bakery goods and then top your day off with a little beer tasting.
Find Watsacowie Brewery at: 9 Depot Rd Minalton SA
Check out their upcoming events and details about their brews on the website here: https://watsacowie.com.au/