CRAFT BEER DISCOVERY
Off Piste 4WD Tours decided a beer tour adventure through the Fleurieu Peninsula’s hailed breweries is long over due. Enjoy the CBD with your guide, Ben who takes you behind the scenes offering a rustic, homegrown insight into this intriguing region that makes dam good beer.
Fully equipped for hen’s and buck’s shows, grab your buddies, work colleagues, neighbours, Grandparents and check out some of the countries finest ales and lagers direct at the brewery. Hailed the best out of Adelaide beer tour, the Fleurieu boasts a range of 'must see' breweries making it the perfect occasion for everyone to experience beer, great grub and adventure all in one awesome, fun-filled day out.
OVERVIEW OF TOUR
The tour departs from 3 locations: central Adelaide: 9:30am, Glenelg: 9:50am, McLaren Vale: 10:20am (Adelaide Airport upon request). After a 40-minute drive from Adelaide we arrive at Goodiesons Brewery* in McLaren Vale where we begin with a range of incredible handcrafted beers including a super tasty Pilsner and a German style Maibock (Nov - Apr). Depending on availability, expert brewer, Jeff Goodieson will be there to greet us and explain how they produce such quality beer in their award winning, South Aussie boutique brewery.
From here, the beer tour takes a collection of thrilling 4WD tracks to an exclusive location for a great chance to soak up the stunning views across McLaren Vale with the southern coastline falling straight into the ocean.
We move onto the next venue, Red Poles that hosts Vale Ale** brewing Co. showcasing a diverse range of beers that have taken Adelaide pubs by storm. Red Poles sits in a super Aussie bush setting making an ideal location to sample Vale Ale's Australian made IPA and their ‘must try’ American style dark lager.
Lunch bell ringing, the tour surrenders to an incredible and exclusive outdoor dining experience catered by The Salopian Inn restaurant. Set amongst one of Off Piste 4WD Tours' remarkable locations, enjoy a 2-course beer-friendly lunch prepared by award-winning head chef, Karena Armstrong using the best local produce available. Disappointment is seriously unheard of.
With rejoicing tummies we make our way to the much-loved Ekhidna*** beer haus. Nestled amongst the vines, a tasty beer paddle includes an awesome 50/50 beer blend and a hand crafted ginger beer that intrigues all avid beer lovers. Take a drive along the stunning Silversands beach right next to the crashing waves of the Gulf St. Vincent for a wonderful photo opportunity, fresh ocean air and a cheeky beer.
Departing the Southern Vales, South Australia's best beer tour chips across to Myponga's microbrewery, The Smiling Samoyed**** to sample their tasty handcraft beer selection right on the edge of the Myponga reservoir. Enjoy Simon's quirky chili beer (seasonal), actually fermented with fresh chilis out on the brewery's deck and join half of the Fleurieu's kangaroo population grazing and lazing in blissful tranquility of the stunning surrounds.
The beer tour concludes here with a relaxing 40-minute return trip into central Adelaide, drop off approx 5:30pm.
* Goodiesons' tasting charge - $6 - Closed July 4th - 23rd
** Vale Ale recommended tasting paddle - $10 - Closed Monday
*** Ekhidna recommended beer paddle - $7.50 - PLEASE NOTE! Ekhidna is temporarly closed due to renovations
**** The Smiliing Samoyed brewery is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. Recommended tasting paddle - $7
Note: Menus are seasonal, and may change due to produce availability. Closed breweries can be replaced with cellar doors
• 8-hour guided 4WD tour
• Free onboard WiFi
• Lunch - Exclusive outdoor 3-course lunch catered by Salopian Inn (Complimentary beer)
• Tour vehicle is an air conditioned 4WD Toyota Land Cruiser Troopcarrier
• Pick up and drop off at accommodation or pre-arranged location within Adelaide's CBD
• Bottled water available throughout tour
WHAT TO BRING
• Binoculars (optional)
• Sturdy shoes
• Water bottle
• Hat and sunglasses
• Warm clothing including during summer months
• $250 per person
• Tours departs central Adelaide daily at 9:30am
• Minimum 2 passengers for tour to operate
• Children are not recommended on this tour but can be booked by private charter
• It is extremely important that you have valid travel insurance prior to departure
• Extreme weather can affect the itinerary at any time during the tour
• We highly advise checking the weather forecast prior to travelling and dressing accordingly
• Please refer to our terms and conditions and cancellation policy for further details
Sea & Vines Weekend 2013
Jeff Wright, Head brewer at Vale Ale Beer Co.
We were looking for a company to transport us between home and a few wineries on the weekend of Sea and Vines so that we could enjoy a few beverages. I contact Off Piste to see if they were free for the day. They happily picked us up from home and returned at the end of the night with 3 wineries in between. Traffic at times around McLaren Vale was frantic on the Sunday, but luckily this was a 4WD tour and Ben was able to take us on a few short cuts down fire tracks and avoided all the slow traffic. It was a great way to see the vineyards and would definitely book him again. Thanks for the day Ben!
Etan Smallman - UK Journalist
The most breathtaking tour of Fleurieu Peninsula, with the most fabulously awesome tour guide!
Tanya, Bec, Sarah, Katie - Melbourne
Thank you so much for taking us out on such short notice before heading back to Melbourne. None of us really knew much about the Fleurieu and wow! Great tour, excellent service and we all can't wait to do it all again.
Fleur & Tom - Sydney
Fabulous trip around a unknown part of SA. 4WD through the southern Vales and out at Deep Creek was truly breathtaking. The surprise stop off with delicious canapes over looking KI was a real treat. Highly enjoyable tour.
What an amazing adventure!
Camille & Francois - Quebec
My partner and I planned to fly directly to Kangaroo Island and by chance picked up an Off Piste 4WD Tour business card from Samuel's Gorge Winery. Curious, we called and booked that day. Both of us are so fortunate we did. Ben gave us a unforgettable day showing us so many wonderful things around the Fleurieu Peninsula which we had no idea about. What a beautiful part of South Australia! Wineries, wild 4WD tracks with kangaroos bouncing through the vineyards alongside the car! Amazing lunch at a restaurant Ben choose for us and got us a table that day. Very informative, and a comfortable trip with huge amount of stories and great humour. I would recommend Off Piste 4WD Tours to anyone with a sense of adventure. Good luck Ben!