• Jon Ruwolt

Fancy a Hills Brewery?

One of the Adelaide Hills’ oldest landmark properties might return to its commercial brew house origins.

The vernacular early Federation Dorset Brewery and Villa, with Dorset Cottage and outbuildings at Oakbank is for sale for $1.5 million asking price.

The Dorset cottage and shop, the former Pike residence was built in two parts, the original 4 rooms built of double solid brick construction on stone foundations, circa 1890.

A family home since the 1970s, Pike’s Historic Brewery, at 230 Onkaparinga Valley Rd, Oakbank, has been listed for sale with Raine & Horne Adelaide Hills.


  • It’s the first time the property has been offered to the market since ceasing operations as a commercial enterprise, with the building once housing not only a brewery but also the Bank of South Australia, a post office, and antique shop.

  • Selling agent Chris Weston said it was the community’s hope to see the property return to its commercial roots.

Old Pike's brewery and Dorset cottage for sale as one title.
The Dorset cottage and shop, the former Pike residence was built in two parts, the original 4 rooms built of double solid brick construction on stone foundations, circa 1890.

“The community wouldn’t be against enterprise, soft commercial, so something like a cafe or retail brew outlet,” he said.

  • “Something that’s for the community but could also attract more tourists.

  • “It’s a very adaptable building you could do a lot with. The current owners live in the tower and used to run a professional weaving business downstairs and leased out the cottage.”

  • Today the four-storey building, which is attached to a villa and separate cottage, is a significant and noble reminder of earlier 19th-century architecture. It retains many of its original features, including Henry Pike’s workshop and syrup-mixing room.

In the former cellar, the beer runs, which hold the kegs in place, are still there, as is the hot tub for brewing beer.


Pike's Brewery - Two Stories

1. Pike's Brewery. Clare

  1. Henry Pike left Dorset, England in 1878 and sailed into Port Adelaide aboard the HMS Oaklands.

  2. In 1886 he founded Pikes Oakbank Brewery, producing a range of fine ales, stout and tonic water for nearly 90 years. Henry Pike's commercial undertaking ran until 1973.

  3. In 1973 the brewery was sold at auction and promptly went out of business.

  4. By then the Pikes name had found its way into the wine industry through fourth generation Australian Edgar Pike, who had established himself as a vineyard manager and private grape grower.

  5. Together with his two sons Neil and Andrew, and Andrew's wife Cathy, he launched Pike’s Wines in 1984 in the Polish Hill River region of the Clare Valley.

  6. In 1996, the Pikes label was re-introduced by the fifth generation descendants of Henry Pike, brothers Andrew and Neil Pike of Pikes Wines in the Clare Valley of South Australia.

  7. The Pike family owned and operated micro-brewery is now in South Australia’s Clare Valley.

Read more about Pike's Brewery, Clare Valley


More of the Detailed History of Oakbank's brewery

2. Dorset Brewery, Oakbank