Cheffing Arounds Client of the month for September 2019 is the newly renovated Sparkke on Whitmore which is situated at the corner of Wright and Morphett Streets in the city’s South West in which was formerly the Whitmore hotel.
There’s beer in the taps, beer in the food and beer in the cocktails at Sparkke Change Beverage Company’s jazzy new brewpub, restaurant and rooftop bar. The anticipated venue officially opened on International Women’s Day.
It was no coincidence: in an industry dominated by men, a pub headed by women is a distinction worth noting.
This 850-square-metre, 636-person behemoth is a takeover and extension of Adelaide’s 180-year-old Whitmore Hotel. Beyond the original Georgian frontage you’ll find floor-to-ceiling glass, painstakingly preserved brickwork and blush-pink archways, plus an in-house florist and bottle shop.
Congratulations to Emma Mccaskill who has just been announced at the hotels new head chef…we are looking forward to tasting her new menu.
The cooking is simple pub-grub, freshened up: think Panko-crumbed free-range chicken burger with Kewpie slaw and tonkatsu sauce, sticky shitake mushrooms, and Coorong mulloway. The brewer’s board features cider-pickled nashi pear and vegies, black IPA in the cheese fondue, and New England pale ale in the bread, while carrot tops get re-routed from the compost bin and turned into pesto.
SPARKKE’S community see themselves as unique individuals, not easily labeled, with their own opinions and experiences, supported by a strong moral compass. They believe discrimination needs to stop and that everyone deserves a voice. They want to use their dollars for good and make a conscious choice to support brands that are authentically aligned with their values.
As Australia’s most socially ethical alcohol company, The Sparkke Change Beverage Company (Sparkke) is ‘sparkking’ change in Adelaide CBD’s West with the launch of their first brewpub.
The renovation includes a rooftop bar, a restaurant celebrating local produce, an upstairs function area, a downstairs beer garden and an in-house nano-brewery. It will align with their brand values of social equity and inclusion, and promote things such as the safety of women.
The two-year-old company was co-founded by Rose Kentish, who was the first female Australian Winemaker of the Year and marketer Kari Allen.
The Adelaide-based team of nine women is now solidifying its position in the Australian beverage market with a venue of its own.
For Sparkke, the Brewpub is about activating its community through a physical space. The Adelaide brewpub is the first of many, in a national plan to house Sparkke pubs in all major Australian cities.
Sparkke is best described as a female-lead social enterprise alcohol company in Adelaide, that puts social messages on its cans to kick-start important conversations about social issues in Australia.
With major environmental enhancements to be made to all areas of the Hotel, the heritage building’s cobblestones and brickwork will be preserved. The venue will also encompass a bottle shop, where patrons can takeaway tapped products in growlers.
In the centre of the Hotel and fully-visible from all sides, is a custom-designed nano-brewery.
Sparkkes products include the infamous Consent Can’t Come After You Do (a national award-winning Apple Cider), What’s Planet B? (a multi bronze-medal-winning New England Pale Ale in support of action on climate change), Say I Do’ (a sparkling white wine in support of marriage equality), Change The Date (a Pilsner pushing for a new national day of celebration), Nipples Are Nipples (a hard lemonade supporting gender equality), and Boundless Plains To Share (a ginger beer in favor of humane asylum-seeking policies and practices).
The company allocates 10 per cent of direct sales revenue to charities aligned with the social messages each Sparkke product promotes.
For more information on this property please visit https://www.sparkke.com
Get down there and check it out!