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Market Brew – A Brewery at Adelaide Central Market?

06/07/2015 | By

Great food & good drink go hand in hand. Liberty Distillery works on Vancouver’s Granville Island. Market Brew – boutique beer at Adelaide Central Market?

Market Brew concept

Adelaide Central Market tower competition winner, Market Brew.

 

Last week Adelaide’s iconic Adelaide Central Market announced the winner of their concept design competition for the best idea to make use of the historic tower on the Grote St side of the Market. Locals and visitors alike all love our fabulous Market, but most of us had no idea that the tower, hiding in plain view on the northern side of the Federal Hall building, has been resting, largely unused, ever since it was built 115 years ago. A competition was held to encourage the public to come up with ideas for best use of the space and the winner was a brewery concept put forward by by Adelaide University space planner and architect Reuben French-Kennedy, Walter Brooke & Associates architect Adrian Reveruzzi and UniSA student Duana Fisher.

Peoples Choice winner, The Juke Box, a performance & recording space.

Peoples Choice winner, The Juke Box, a performance & recording space.

Their design incorporates a bar on the ground floor with outdoor seating for patrons, hops growing on the roof and the brewing process being visible through the open tower space. Boutique breweries are becoming increasingly popular, giving the big boys a run for their money (although they are not averse to using some questionable approaches in an effort to claw back some of their share) and the addition of a lively new enterprise like this would be a wonderful asset to an already precious Adelaide favourite. Putting all the finishing touches to any plans for the tower will take some time yet, but it looks as though the thought of a refreshing, local ale to go with some of the great food available at Adelaide Central Market is appealing to more than just me.

Liberty Distillery, Granville Island, Vancouver.

Liberty Distillery, Granville Island, Vancouver.

Liberty Distillery, Granville Island, Vancouver.

Watching the action.

 

If the brewery does go ahead, we certainly won’t have been the first place to decide that we’d like a local drink to go with our local food. Just around the corner from the wonderful Public Markets on Granville Island in Vancouver I discovered the Liberty Distillery. Liberty have been established since 2013 and produce a range of hand-crafted premium spirits made totally from grain grown in British Columbia. They ferment and distill onsite and the triple-distilling process, in beautiful hand-made copper stills, is all visible from their gorgeous cocktail bar. They produce a range of signature cocktails using their Truth Vodka, Endeavour Gin and Railspur White Whiskey from behind an antique bar and also conduct tastings and guided tours of the distillery.

Railspur White Whiskey, Liberty Distillery, Granville Island, Vancouver.

Railspur White Whiskey, Liberty Distillery, Granville Island, Vancouver.

Liberty Distillery, Granville Island, Vancouver.

Offering tours of such a novel idea as a Market brewery in an historic tower seems a bit of a no-brainer, making the whole concept even more attractive. An on-site brewery will add a whole new facet to the Adelaide Central Market, making an already unique weekly shopping experience for locals that little bit more ‘refreshing’ and opening up the appeal of this premier food precinct to new consumers and tourists alike.

So – are there any brewers out there with a burning desire to be the next big thing on the Adelaide food and drink scene?

 

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  1. Anna @ shenANNAgans
    06/07/2015

    YES! This sounds amazing. I do hope it goes ahead. Sounds heavenly. 🙂
    Loving the brew trend this past few years, there really is something for everyone.
    Looking forward to hearing more about the progress of the brew market.

  2. Hotly Spiced
    06/07/2015

    I hope it goes ahead. I think it’s a great idea and will do a lot for local business. It’s great that the whole process including serving the customers, is all done on the same premises. Not that’s reduced transport costs! xx

  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    08/07/2015

    That’s great that they’re making use of the building. There are a few distillers overseas that do it and it’s a real drawcard!