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%.
Major Breweries producing Craft Beer
|Name||Owned By||Location(s)||Estab.||Main Beers and notes|
|Malt Shovel Brewery||Lion Nathan||Camperdown, NSW||1998||Craft-brewing arm of the Lion Nathan group, famous for the James Squires range and Orchard Crush cider. Also brews Mad Brewers and Kosciuszko Pale|
|Matilda Bay Brewing Company||SABMiller||Port Melbourne, Vic||1984||Australia's first craft brewery, originally established in Fremantle, Western Australia. In 1990 it was purchased by CUB, who subsequently closed the Western Australian brewery. 'Grand Champion' and 'Champion Large Brewery' at the 2008 Australian International Beer Awards. Beers include Fat Yak (American pale), Redback (heferweizen), Beez Neez (honey wheat beer) and Minimum Chips (lager)|
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 - all believed to be over 50% independently owned.
|4 Pines Brewing Company||Manly, NSW||2008||Winner of 'Champion Large Australian Brewery' at the 2015 Australian International Beer Awards|
|Balmain Brewing||Balmain, NSW||2010||Pale Ale, Pilsener, Bock, Summer Ale, Cider. Winner of a Bronze Medal at the 2015 Australian International Beer Awards and 2 Silver Medals at the 2014 Craft Beer Awards.|
|Beaten Track Brewery||Kalgoorlie, WA||2007||Establishment marked the return of brewing to Kalgoorlie - once a notable brewing locality - after an absence of some decades.|
|Beard & Brau||Tamborine, QLD||2012 ||Winner of 2014 Environmental Sustainability Award at the Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards.|
|Bootleg Brewery||Margaret River, WA||1994|
|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||Gold Medal winner at the 2012 World Beer Cup in the category 'South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier' .|
|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.|
|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.|
|Holgate Brewhouse||Woodend, Vic||2002||Winner of the Premier's Trophy for Best Victorian Beer at the 2008 Australian International Beer Awards.|
|Lobethal Bierhaus||Lobethal, SA||2007|
|Mash Brewing Company||Henley Brook, WA||1998||Winner of 'Champion Australian Beer' at the 2014 Australian International Beer Awards|
|Moo Brew||Hobart||2005||Located at the site of the Museum of Old and New Art.|
|Nail Brewing||Bassendean, WA||2000||Producers of the world's most expensive beer, the Antarctic Nail Ale.|
|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.|
|Sunshine Coast Brewery||Kunda Park, Qld||1998 ||1998 won two gold medals at The Australian International Beer Awards for and was crowned champion at the National Festival of Beers |
|Thunder Road Brewing Company||Brunswick, Vic||2011||Winner of 'Champion Medium Sized Australian Brewery' at 2014 and 2015 Australian International Beer Awards|
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