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After purchasing a ‘Brewmaster 1000-2E Microbrewery from Australian company Integrated Brewing Solutions in July 2008, we began cleaning up the old Woolshed and installing the Brewery. Along with extensive upgrades needed to the power supply and building internals, we have added nearly 100,000L of rain water storage, rather than relying on filtered mains water, thus saving precious water from the River Murray. Our brewery is also a zero waste brewery, utilising state of the art designs to use and re-use hot and cold water without the need for excessive heating. Also, with drainage troughs and a holding/settling tank, all waste water from the brewery is used on our extensive garden. All spent grain is used for livestock feed. With further recent upgrades to our solar power we now in excess of 30kw helping to power the brewery and houseboats.
Our Single Infusion Brewmaster system is a full mash brewery capable of producing 1000L per brew. Since we began brewing in 2009 our annual production has continued to grow at around 80%. With the arrival of 2 new fermentation vessels over the last 3 years and another new conditioning tank on the way our annual production of beer will be up around 65,000 litres.
Located on the banks of the River Murray, WIlkadene was a famous sheep and wheat station, built and run by the Wilkinson family until being bought by the Freeman family in 1988. WIlkadene shearing shed, with its white ant resistant native pine posts, supplied paddle steamers with chaff, by way of a chute from the shed down the cliff to the river. The early settlers in this area were dependant on the paddle steamers for everything from food and household goods to their religious requirements. The movement of all paddle steamers was noted in the daily diary, often four or five would pass in a day.
SUMMER ALE – Kolsch Style Ale 4.5% alc/vol
Our Australian interpretation of German kolsch style ale. Lightly hopped with an Australian grown and bred hop variety called Summer, which makes for perfect drinking on our hot summer days.
AMAZON ALE – Australian Pale Ale 4.5% alc/vol
Our Australian Pale Ale. Barley and wheat malts combine to give biscuit and caramel characters, and generous hop additions provide fruity flavours and a firm bitterness.
CHERAX DESTRUCTOR – India Pale Ale 5.8% alc/vol
An exceedingly hoppy style of beer, we’ve used our house favourites Ella, Amarillo, Galaxy and Summer. This gives the beer punchy tropical fruit flavours with an assertive bitterness that you can really wrap your claws around!
AAAMBER ALE - Australian Amber Ale 5.2% alc/vol
brewed with a good whack of crystal wheat which gives the beer a rich toffee character and deep amber hue.
JUDAS THE DARK - Dark ale with Roast Wattleseed 4.7% alc/vol
A tasty dark beer brewed with locally grown and roasted wattleseed. This dark ale is unique in its flavour and design. Roasted malts provide chocolate and spice, while the wattleseed provides toffee, hazelnut and coffee flavours.
FIREHOUSE STOUT – Coffee Stout 5.6% alc/vol
The Riverlands only craft brewery and only coffee roaster come together to produce each batch of Firehouse Coffee Stout. Arrosto coffee use a unique cold extract method to produce a clean and fresh coffee flavour, using single origin Columbia beans.
UTOPIA APPLE AND PEAR CIDER – Dry Apple Cider with pear 5.3% alc/vol
Our cider is made with 100% Riverland apples, fermented dry then sweetened with the pear juice. The cider is crisp, fresh and natural.
HARD LEMONADE - Alcoholic lemonade 8.1% alc/vol
Dry and refreshing made with a blend of white wine, dry apple cider and local nippys lemon juice. Perfect served over ice on a hot Riverland afternoon.
Our brewery is open 7 days from 11am-5pm.
We offer sample tastings of all our brews as well as tasting paddles and schooners to purchase. Take away sales for stubbies in 6 packs or cartons are available.
Guided brewery tours are available and cost $10 per head. This includes a tour of the brewery as well as the history of Wilkadene. Bookings for guided tours are essential. Phone 08 8595 8188.
Being a 100 year old Woolshed we currently do not have any facilities in place to offer meals. We do however offer a wonderful selection of local Produce to create your own platters including a selection of dips, biscuits, cheese and mettwurst, to name a few!
Please feel free to bring your own lunch out and enjoy on the deck with one of our ales. We have bbqs available for use. Bookings for large groups are appreciated.
BYO alcohol is not permitted.
*****Please be aware that our opening hours may sometimes change on the weekends due to weddings or functions. Feel free to contact us regarding upcoming functions and opening hours *****
Our brewery is CLOSED Christmas day, boxing day, New years Day & Good Friday.
To purchase Woolshed Brewery products please send your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 29th October-Closing at 3pm for a wedidng
Saturday 19th November-Closing at 3pm for a wedding
Saturday 26th November-Closing at 3pm for a wedding
Saturday 3rd November-Closing at 3pm for a wedding
From Renmark head over the Paringa bridge. Once in Paringa turn left at the supermarket onto Murtho Road (if you are heading from Mildura way this will be right onto Murtho Road before the bridge)
Follow Murtho Road for 15km and turn left onto Wilkinson Road.
Head down Wilkinson road for 200 metres where you will see our new entrance at number 65 for Woolshed Brewery. You can't miss it!! Please enter through the new gates and park in the designated car park. There is ample parking available now in our new car park.
Coming by river??? We are located just after mile marker 376. Heading upstream from Renmark you will come to a sharp left turn, head straight ahead from here past the cliffs and you will find Wilkadene just around the bend. Feel free to moor out the front of the brewery deck. Access from the river is up a reasonably steep incline so please be careful and wear appropriate shoes. If you have someone on board who is not steady on their feet please contact Wilkadene to discuss alternative access.
***** Please note that Wilkadene has limited mobile phone reception*****