Bowden Brewing Company
When Alex Marschall, Joshua Talbot, Matthew Orman and Oliver Brown wanted to open a brewery in 2015, they lacked the start-up capital to purchase the brewing equipment. So they opened craft beer bar Nola instead. But all the while their original concept was still brewing (figuratively) in the background. Bowden Brewing finally opened in July 2021 – at Plant 3 – bringing on board another business partner, Jake Phoenix.
The 14-tap bar pours a range of beer styles, including their core four: an approachable easy-drinking Bowden Draught; a hoppier, fruit-driven session ale; a big, bold, bitter West Coast IPA; and a fruit sour that changes with the seasons.
The drinks are backed by food from executive chef Harry Bourne, who’s designed a menu of “untraditional” Mexican- and Central American-inspired cooking under a separate identity, Masa (named after the maize dough used for tortillas). Naturally, you’ll find a selection of tacos and tostadas – house-made corn tortillas topped with blood sausage with pickled red onion, or battered Port Lincoln flathead with green salsa as potential options.
You might also find barbequed Nomad Farms chicken and charred Ngeringa cauliflower off the wood-fired grill, plus snacks such as fried school prawns with popcorn and garlic mayo; pig’s head croquettes with refried beans; and chargrilled corn with black garlic butter and pecorino.