Beers, Wines, and Markets Galore in Adelaide

Three weeks flew by in the blink of an eye. Before I knew it, my last weekend in Adelaide had crept up on me. To make the most of it, I made sure to plan an epic four day weekend.

On Friday, David and I kicked off the festivities by taking a tour of the Coopers brewery.




Three years ago, I got a job bartending in Adelaide and discovered Coopers beer. Today, it is still one of my favourite brews. Founded in 1862, Coopers is the largest Australian owned brewery.

Overseas, most people think Fosters is the main Aussie beer. For those of you outside of Australia: you've been living a lie your entire life. Nobody in Australia drinks Fosters. In fact, you can't find it anywhere! Coopers is one of the most popular beer brands in the country and for good reason. They make many types of beer ensuring that there is a beverage suitable for a variety of tastes.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by our tour guide and then led behind closed doors. I couldn't wait to see where all the magic happened!




We learned about malting, the first step in making beer. Barley is soaked in water for a few days which releases enzymes that break down proteins and starches into simple sugars. After this process, the barley is cooked.

Next, the barley is mashed into a fine powder. It is then mixed in with water. From there, hops are added and then moved to a fermentation vessel. During the next ten days, alcohol is produced during this stage.

The final stages of beer making include separating the beer from the yeast and then keeping it in storage at cold temperatures. Once the storage period has come to an end, carbon dioxide gas is added to give the beer its fizz.




Finally, the beer is packaged into bottles and then ready to be shipped out!

This was a lot of information to digest. At the end of the tour, my head was about to burst with all that influx of knowledge. It was definitely time to try some beers!

Everyone eagerly strolled back to the Cooper's bar on site. This was what we all had been waiting for: free drinks!








Our tour guide kept the beers coming as we got to sample every Coopers product on the market. My personal favourite is Coopers Sparkling Ale, a full-bodied golden ale with fruity characteristics.

The beer tasting sadly came to a close. We decided to keep the party going and ended up at Glenelg beach, sipping beers and ciders by the water. Don't think a Friday afternoon gets better than that!

On Sunday, the girls and I went to check out The Market Shed on Holland, a really cool hipster market selling local produce and delicious meals specializing in organic, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.









There's no way I could ever be a vegetarian. Meat is just too delicious! As a result, I picked the Indian food booth and ordered a massive plate of beef redang.



I hate how it's so hard to make curry look appetizing. But trust me on this one, the beef rendang was out of this world! For those of you unfamiliar with beef rendang, it's a dish comprising of creamy coconut milk, ginger, galangal, tumeric leaves, lemon grass, garlic, chillies and so much more. The cooking process takes a few hours which tenderizes the meat. The beef was so soft and the sauce had unbelievable flavourful. I couldn't help but lick my plate once everything was gone!

After, we continued to look around the market. A band played live music while market-goers enjoyed brunch with friends and family. We strolled through throngs of vendors selling everything from seeds to exotic spices to wine. I loved the variety of stuff this place offered!






When our explorations came to an end, we walked down the street to the Gilles Street Market. This place is a shopper's dream come true.


Imagine a market bursting with trendy clothes and gorgeous accessories, all costing a fraction of what you'd pay in regular stores. There were almost 100 stalls offering vintage clothing, retail clearance fashions and designer samples. This market also hosts new designers which gives them a great chance to showcase their work.

When I lived in Adelaide, I attended this paradisiacal market religiously. Every time I left, I came back with armfuls of new gems. The best part? These shopping escapades never burned a hole in my wallet!

We arrived at the entrance and I scurried to the nearest rack. The shopping adrenalin rush was in full effect!








Numerous vendors sold all their goods at $5 a piece! Some even had $2 racks of clothes. I couldn't believe these cheap prices! I flicked through racks and dug into buckets of colourful fabrics. I felt like I was on a treasure hunt!  In the end, I snagged a sexy black dress for a measly $5. What a steal!

The Gilles Street Market is open from October to April on the first and third Sunday of the month from 10am to 4pm. If you're someone who loves to shop, you need to stop by and have a snoop. I assure you, you'll come out with bags of new clothes.

Monday rolled around and Tara and I decided to make my final day in Adelaide one to remember. We hopped in the car and drove to Clare Valley, one of Australia's oldest and charming wine regions.

Tara's relatives manage Annie's Lane winery so we made that our first stop.




I fell in love with the moscato here. Bursting with a sweet and fruity taste, I couldn't get enough! I wanted to buy an entire case and bring it home but then I realized my poor backpack is already filled to the rim. :(

The next stop was Skillogalee.




This winery was absolutely drop dead gorgeous. The garden around the back had the perfect romantic atmosphere. Vibrant flowers were in full bloom while lush greenery carpeted the landscape. I wish someone could've taken me here for a picnic date!








The last stop of the day was Sevenhill Cellars.







This winery was super cool because you had the opportunity to hang out in the cellars and see all the massive barrels of wine.





The barrels were bigger than me! I can't imagine the amount of grapes needed to make this much wine.

Next, we made our way to the tasting centre and was greeted by the winery's sleepy kitten. What a cutie! (Yes, the crazy cat lady syndrome is getting worse)




Sevenhill Cellars was the first winery in Clare Valley and is famous for its extensive range of wines. Since Clare Valley is best known for riesling wines, I was thrilled to see that this winery offered a variety of them. I tried them all while chatting with Tara and the wine representative about our favourites.

All the wine hit me shortly as my cheeks flushed pink and a sleepy daze fell over me. Looks like it was time to head back to Adelaide. That night, I begrudgingly packed my bags for the next leg of my trip. It was hard to say goodbye to all my friends but once again, I promised that I will be back in Adelaide soon!

Melissa Li

I’m a Canadian girl on a quest to step foot in every continent before I’m 30. You’ll most likely find me chowing down on Japanese ramen, partying at a music festival, hiking to the top of a scenic lookout, cuddling with cats, or chilling out at the beach. I’ve visited over 60 countries so far and hope to inspire you to do the same.

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