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Pirate Life announces $15million new brewery in Port Adelaide

Pirate Life announces $15million new brewery in Port Adelaide

AB InBev's Pirate Life has announced details of the $15 million brewery and brew pub it's building at Port Adelaide's historic woolstores.

It's expected the brewery will be ready in November, with the brew pub to follow in early 2019.

When completed it will be one of the largest craft breweries in South Australia.

The new site will almost quadruple Pirate Life's annual production to more than 11 million litres, and create 80 new jobs, including positions for seven more brewers.

In addition to the state-of-the-art brewing plant, with 100% of its purchased electricity to be sourced from renewables by 2025, the brewing company will also build a bar venue and restaurant to showcase the company's range of craft beers.

The South Australian Government will contribute $2 million to the redevelopment of the historic woolstore site in Barlow St, through the Economic Investment Fund.

The site at Port Adelaide will complement the brewing company's existing brewery in Hindmarsh. The Hindmarsh site will be transformed into an 'innovation centre' where the company will focus on research, development, training, and the production of specialty beers.

Pirate Life was founded in Adelaide by father and son Mick and Jack Cameron and Jared Proudfoot in 2014 and bought in late 2017 by AB InBev.

Chief executive of Pirate Life, John Phinney, said the new Port Adelaide site means the brand can remain safely in the hands of South Australians.

"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," he noted. 

"Our decision to choose Port Adelaide and expand our business in South Australia was reinforced by the support we received from the State Government and displays our confidence in South Australia.

"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."

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

"Importantly, this new premises will create more than 80 local jobs. Jobs are the State Labor Government’s number one priority, which is why we are investing in projects such as this one. 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.

"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."