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August 23, 2019

Big Shed launches its first official BruChocs stout

After a successful (but unofficial) Big Shed BruChocs stout in 2015, Robern Menz have jumped on board for an official 2019 FruChocs collaboration beer.

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  • Words and pictures: Johnny von Einem

Adelaide craft beer stalwarts Big Shed Brewing Concern has teamed up with iconic South Australian confectioners (and saviours of the Violet Crumble) Robern Menz, for BruChocs – a FruChoc-inspired stout.

The beer officially launched on FruChocs Appreciation Day, Friday, 23 August, and is the second iteration of the brew. Big Shed originally released BruChocs in 2015 at Queensland craft beer event Brewsvegas, in collaboration with Newstead Brewing.


Big Shed‘s BruChocs stout is available for a limited time. For a full list of stockists, scroll to the bottom of this article.

CBD in bottle:
2KW Bar and Restaurant
EST Pizzeria
Kings Head Hotel

CBD on tap:
Franklin Hotel
Gilbert Street Hotel
Kings Head Hotel
Little Pub on Hindley

The 2015 edition of BruChocs was merely inspired by its namesake sweet, without any input from Robern Menz. The Big Shed team brought a keg of the brew back and showed the company and discussions started as to how an official collaboration could come about.

“They didn’t sue us, which was a nice thing,” brewer Craig Basford laughs, “but instead got behind us and said, ‘We want to help you market this product, because it’s a lot of fun.’”

Four years later, and with a push from Brand SA earlier in the year, Big Shed finally found room in its brew schedule for an official FruChocs collaboration.

“Brand SA got us in a room and…they were super keen to see it done and they pushed it a little bit, and I think a few bottle shops had spoken to them about how they would love to see it,” Craig says.

“That certainly made it easier for us to go, let’s give it a go and see what happens.”

With Robern Menz on board and involved in the recipe design process, Big Shed was able to use the official FruChoc apricot and peach fruit mixture, adding a quarter tonne of to the brew.

The 2015 BruChocs had a very subtle fruit flavour, Craig says, but the 2019 version is “a lot more in keeping with the FruChoc flavour.”

“[It’s got] that big fruity tartness, and then that sweetness comes in behind it,” he says.

“Chocolate and stouts always seem to work really well… It’s just working with flavours we know will work and making that balance of roasted malt and sweet chocolate and sweetness from a bit of lactose as well, and the tartness, and balancing it all up.”


Two batches of BruChocs have been made – about 2000 litres each – and the beer has been distributed throughout Adelaide and is available from today.

FruChoc Appreciation Day celebrations are happening in Rundle Mall from 10am ‘til 6pm on Friday, 23 August, and a BruChocs launch party is also happening at Big Shed’s Royal Park brewery from midday.

BruChocs is available for a limited time only (see below for a full list of stockists), but, depending on demand, the next batch could come along very soon.

“It’s a bit like the Golden Stout Time – people demanded it and if they keep on demanding it, we’ll keep knocking it out for them,” Craig says.

“I’d like to see it, at the very least, as an annual celebration of the FruChoc, and of Robern Menz. I really rate what they do and how they go about it, so if we do that on an annual basis, that’d be great, but if demand is such that we need to do it more often, then that’s a conversation we can have.”


CBD in bottle:
2KW Bar and Restaurant
EST Pizzeria
Kings Head Hotel

CBD on tap:
Franklin Hotel
Gilbert Street Hotel
Kings Head Hotel
Little Pub on Hindley

Out of CBD in bottle:
Aldgate Pump Hotel
Avenues Bottleshop- Booze Brothers
Beach Hotel Seaford
Belair Fine Wines
Big Shed Brewery – Royal Park
Bridgeway Hotel
Britannia Hotel
Cellarbrations At Brighton
Cellarbrations Flagstaff
Cellarbrations Henley Beach
Cellarbrations Moana
Cellarbrations Semaphore Road
Cove Tavern
Crafers Hotel
Criterion Tavern
Edinburgh Hotel and Cellars
Fassina Liquor- Camden Park
Fassina Liquor- Glenelg
Fassina Liquor- Mansfield Park
Fassina Liquor- Para Hills
Fassina Liquor- Pennington
Fassina Liquor- Somerton Park
Fassina Liquor- Whyalla
Golden Grove Tavern
Goodwood Park Hotel
Ian’s Western Hotel
Inglewood Inn
Joiners Arms
Lakes Resort Hotel
Largs Pier Hotel
Maid of Auckland Hotel
Marion Hotel
Mawson Lakes Hotel
Minlaton Hotel
Morphett Arms Hotel
Old Spot Cellars
Pals Liquor
Port Admiral Bottleshop
Portside Tavern – Port Pirie
Sailmaster Tavern
Stirling Hotel
Tanunda Cellars
Tattersalls Hotel- Little Pub
Tea Tree Gully Hotel
The Bartley Tavern
The Duck Inn
The Moseley
The Unley Hotel
Tonsley Hotel Motel
Warradale Hotel
West Beach Cellars
Winters Burgers
Woodcroft Tavern

Out of CBD on tap:
Albion Hotel
Belair Hotel
Big Shed Brewery- Royal Park
Burger Theory- Flinders Uni
Earl of Leicester Hotel
Edinburgh Hotel and Cellars
Parkside Hotel
Republic Norwood
The Keg And Barrel Steak House And Grill
Victoria Hotel- Strathalbyn
Walkers Arms Hotel
West Thebby Social Club










































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