For a long time we have wanted to visit Lobethal Bierhaus for the full experience after having some of their beer at the Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival. On a perfect sunny day it was looking very inviting with freshly cut lawns and a beer garden. The building is exactly like the silhouette on their logo. It was very late Saturday afternoon but the crowds still poured in. Little did we know how essential it was to make a reservation. We ended up waiting 45 minutes for a table but we spent the time checking out the local area anyway.
The first thing Mr Foodie did the moment we got our table was head to the bar to make his selection. He came back with a paddle 8 glasses long and a gleaming face. Lobethal Bierhaus produces 8 core beers with additional seasonal and special occasion beers so at any one time there may be up to 12 beers on tap. Mr Foodie has always been a fan of stouts and their Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is definitely a must. Naturally the Red Truck Porter tickled his fancy too being a darker ale with a roasted malt flavour. A London style beer. The Bohemian Pilsner and Hefeweizen went down quite easily, very much a good choice for quenching a thirst in the hot weather.
We decided it wasn’t good to drink on an empty stomach so a late light lunch was the plan. The plan I said, not reality. Everywhere we go, we order Buffalo Wings if it’s on the menu. It’s our kryptonite when done well but that means we are also very fussy with it. Theirs came as hot or hotter, the chef challenges you to challenge him! I think we actually went for hotter and it was serious business so, just go the normal. The sauce however was addictively finger-licking good. They were some very good buffalo wings served with celery sticks and a blue cheese sauce.
A bit like Ploughman’s lunch, Lobethal Bierhaus offers you a Brewer’s Plate with a selection of local artisan smallgoods, cheese and condiments with a crusty pretzel roll. I don’t think I could avert Mr Foodie’s eyes from this. The produce they used was of high quality and absolutely delicious from the meaty ham to the csabai sausage, hungarian salami and mature cheddar cheese. To top it off the olives, pickles and mustard were just as good. Lovely plate to nibble on.
In an attempt to be healthy we also ordered a Pulled Pork Salad. In truth to be healthy we should just stop ordering but….c’est la vie. The pulled pork was basted in a house smoked BBQ sauce, tender and flavoursome enough but lacking something. It came on a bed of mixed lettuce with pickled carrots, chilli croutons and ranch dressing.
We really were doing alright and quite full until the waitress mentioned the dessert menu and somehow Mr Foodie saw a Date, Nut & Stout Pudding. Don’t ever ever let him see a super sweet, dense, stodgy pudding drenched in sugary liquid on the menu. His inner Englishman comes out. Admittedly this was one to try, it was very moist and delicious. The nuts added extra aroma and crunch. You could taste the stout in the pudding and to top it off it was served with an amazing stout sorbet that was just right. And that sugary liquid? Well, it was porter toffee sauce. Even I had to put my hands up and say OMG!
Of all things we didn’t expect to have such good buffalo wings. We could quite easily pop in again just for a giant plate of wings and some beer. Their beers are truly of consistent good quality all brewed in house. It’s no surprise that they have picked up multiple awards and continue to do so every year. Only thing I’ll say is if you plan to dine there, make a reservation!
3A Main Street
08 8389 5570