It seems like Adelaide gets a new microbrewery every other week now, and we’re certainly not complaining! One of the most recent additions is the whimsically named The Libation Army, who launched their first brews late last year. Marco Bona left his finance office job in rainy London a couple years ago for sunny South Oz originally to join our amazing wine industry, but fell in love with the beers and folks in our lively local crafty community.
Brewing single-handedly out of the Regency Tafe facilities from all his own recipes, Marco told us how helpful the local craft brewing industry have been, with folks like the wonderful lads out at Big Shed lending a hand with his upcoming brews.
Keeping the theme of inventive names, there’s the Gentle Upheaval, a smooth yet fruity Session Ale. For those wanting a slightly stronger brew, they have the Tropical Riot, an exotic take on a Belgian-style pale ‘bierre’. Marco even concocted a special quaff – a New England Belgian Ale – just for Cellar Door Fest a couple weekends back. The Libation Army might be one Adelaide’s youngest brewers, but they’re exploding out the gates.
This is our NEIBA. New England Belgian Ale 😎. Specially brewed for Cellar Door Fest. If you got to try it in the last…
What we reckon to be the coolest thing about The Libation Army isn’t just their ingenuity, it’s their roving ‘Tinny’ cellar door caravan (complete with tap pours!) that they take to every event their beers are featured at. ‘Tinny’ is also available to be hired for events, for those serious about their craft beer! Marco lovingly restored an adorable 1963 aluminium caravan trailer to be the mobile ambassador for the emergent beer label, and the result is epic!
Marco seems determined to keep up his breakneck pace of new brews, with his newest creation, the Fluffy Jeff (an inventive name and take on the classic German Hefeweisen, crossed with an American IPA) set to be released in the next few weeks. He also told us about two as yet unnamed projects for the cooler seasons, a fruity stout and a porter that will be brewed and released in the upcoming months. We’ll keeping a close eye on the Libation Army socials so we can get first crack at these crafty creations.
If you’re as keen as we are to grab a slab of Marco’s awesome takes on classic beers, you can purchase them from The Libation Army’s website, where you can also book the ‘Tinny’ for your event. To keep up with their upcoming releases, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.