List of breweries in Australia
Beer production in Australia has traditionally been dominated by regional producers. Since the 1980s there has been a steady stream of takeovers and amalgamations, and now the two major producers (who were once Australian owned) are Carlton & United Breweries and Lion Nathan. Since December 2011, CUB has been a subsidiary of British multinational SABMiller (the second largest international brewing company). Since October 2009, Lion Nathan has been a subsidiary of Japanese brewer, Kirin Holdings Company Limited (the ninth largest international brewing company in the world). The largest remaining Australian owned brewer is Coopers Brewery with a market share of about 4% of total beer volume sales in Australia.
The two foreign owned companies accounted for 89% of beer volume sales in 2011, with CUB's market share at 48% (declining from a 55% market share in 2006) and Lion Nathan at 41% (increasing from 37%).
In May 2012 the dominant Australian produced beers were XXXX Gold, which accounted for 12.4% of all beer consumed in Australia, VB, with 12.3%, Carlton Draught 9.3%, Tooheys New 7.1%, Tooheys Extra Dry 4.4% and Carlton Mid 3.8%.
A microbrewery, or craft brewery, is a modern brewery which produces a limited amount of beer, usually with an orientation toward distinctive and flavorful products. The maximum amount of beer a brewery can produce and still be classed as a microbrewery varies by region and by authority, though is usually around 15,000 barrels (18,000 hectolitres/ 475,000 US gallons) a year.
The following is a list of notable microbreweries in Australia, listed alphabetically.
|Bellarine Brewing Company||Bellarine, Vic||2007|
|Blue Sky Brewery||Cairns, Qld||2008||All malt brewery using 10hL Jacob Carl brew system.|
|Bluetongue Brewery||Warnervale, NSW||2003||Producers of Bluetongue and Bondi Blonde beer brands. In 2007 the brewer was sold to Pacific Beverages, which is now a subsidiary of SABMiller.|
|Bootleg Brewery||Margaret River, WA||1994|
|Bridge Rd Brewers||Beechworth, Vic||2004|
|Bright Brewery||Bright, Vic||2005|
|Broo Brewery||Mornington Peninsula, Vic||2009||Producers of Broo Premium Lager and Australia Draught - marketed as 100% Australian owned and manufactured.|
|Burleigh Brewing Company||Burleigh Heads, Qld||2006|
|Colonial Brewing Company||Margaret River, WA||2004||Winner of the 'Champion Small Brewery' at the 2006, and the 'Champion International Small Brewery' and 'Champion Australasian Brewery' at the 2007 Australian International Beer Awards.|
|Copper Coast Wines||Moonta Bay, SA||2005||Maker of Swanky Beer; exclusive supplier to the Copper Coast Kernewek Loewender Cornish Festival.|
|Duckstein Brewery||Henley Brook, WA &
|1999||2010 AHA Boutique Brewery Award winner and 2012 Australian International Beer Awards Silver Medalist.|
|Feral Brewing Company||Baskerville, WA||2005||2009 'Grand Champion' and 2012 'Champion Large Australian Brewery' at the Australian International Beer Awards. Distributed nationally through Dan Murphy's.|
|Gage Roads Brewing Company||Palmyra, WA||2005||One of Australia's largest independently owned craft breweries, although in 2009 Woolworths Limited acquired a 25% stake in the company.|
|Green Beacon Brewing Company||Teneriffe, Qld||2012|
|Holgate Brewhouse||Woodend, Vic||2002|
|Little Creatures Brewery||Fremantle, WA &
|2000||The brewery is owned by Little World Beverages, a subsidiary of Lion Nathan, which is a subsidiary of Kirin Holdings Company Limited. Winner of 'Champion Australasian Brewery' at the 2006 Australian International Beer Awards.|
|Lobethal Bierhaus||Lobethal, SA||2007|
|Malt Shovel Brewery||Sydney||1998||Owned and operated by Lion Nathan.|
|Mash Brewery||Henley Brook, WA,
Bunbury, WA &
|Matilda Bay Brewing Company||Port Melbourne, Vic||1984||In 1990 was purchased by CUB, which is now a subsidiary of British multinational SABMiller. 'Grand Champion' and 'Champion Large Brewery' at the 2008 Australian International Beer Award.|
|Matso's Broome Brewery||Broome, WA||1997||Producers of Mango and Chilli beers.|
|Moon Dog Craft Brewery||Abbotsford, Vic||2010|
|Moo Brew||Hobart||2005||Located at the site of the Museum of Old and New Art.|
|Mountain Goat Beer||Richmond, Vic||1996|
|Mornington Peninsula Brewery||Mornington, Vic||2008|
|Murray's Craft Brewing Co||Port Stephens, NSW|
|Nail Brewing||Bassendean, WA||2000||Producer of the world's most expensive beer.|
|Port Dock Brewery Hotel||Port Adelaide||1986||Historic 1855 hotel closed in 1909 and reopened in 1986 as a brewpub. New microbrewery added in 2007.|
|Prancing Pony Brewery||Mount Barker, SA||2011||Producer of high quality Fire brewed Ales. Established in 2011 by Frank Samson and Corinna Steeb.|
|Seven Sheds||Railton, Tasmania||2008|
|Skinny Blonde||Sydney||2009||Controversial label|
|Six Strings Brewery||Erina, NSW||2012|
|Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery||Renmark, SA||2009||Full mash 10hL microbrewery in a historic woolshed on the banks of the River Murray producing a range of craft beer and cider.|
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- Blue Sky Brewery