List of breweries in Australia

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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[1] with a market share of about 4% of total beer volume sales in Australia.[2]

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)[3] and Lion Nathan at 41% (increasing from 37%).[4]

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%.[5]

Major breweries[edit]

Name Owned By Location(s) Estab. Main Beers
Carlton & United Breweries SABMiller Abbotsford (Melbourne) and
Yatala (Gold Coast)
1907 Victoria Bitter, Crown Lager, Carlton Draught, Pure Blonde, Reschs Pilsener, Great Northern Brewing Co
J. Boag & Sons
(orig. Esk Brewery)
Lion Nathan Launceston 1883
James Boag's Premium, Boag's Draught
Cascade Brewery SABMiller Hobart 1824 Cascade Premium Lager, Cascade Light, Mercury Cider
Castlemaine Perkins Lion Nathan Milton, (Brisbane) 1878 XXXX Bitter, XXXX Gold, XXXX Light, XXXX Summer Bright Lager
Coopers Brewery Cooper Family Regency Park (Adelaide) 1862 Sparkling Ale, Original Pale Ale, Best Extra Stout, Dark Ale, Mild Ale
Hahn Brewery Lion Nathan Auburn, New South Wales 1988 Hahn Premium, Hahn Super Dry, Hahn Super Dry 3.5, Hahn Premium Light, Hahn White, Hahn Harvest
SA Brewing Company Lion Nathan Thebarton (Adelaide) 1859 West End Draught, Southwark Bitter
Swan Brewery Lion Nathan Thebarton (Adelaide)
( previously Canning Vale )(orig. Perth)
1837 Swan, Emu
Tooheys Lion Nathan Lidcombe (Sydney) 1869 Tooheys New, Tooheys Pils, Tooheys Darling Pale Ale, Tooheys Old, Tooheys Extra Dry

Major Breweries producing Craft Beer[edit]

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[6] microbreweries in Australia, listed alphabetically - all believed to be over 50% independently owned.

Name Location(s) Estab. Notes
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.[7]
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 [8] Winner of 2014 Environmental Sustainability Award at the Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards.[9]
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.[10]
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.[11]
Skinny Blonde Sydney 2009
St Arnou Sydney 2001
Sunshine Coast Brewery Kunda Park, Qld 1998 [8] 1998 won two gold medals at The Australian International Beer Awards for and was crowned champion at the National Festival of Beers [12]
Thunder Road Brewing Company Brunswick, Vic 2011 Winner of 'Champion Medium Sized Australian Brewery' at 2014 and 2015 Australian International Beer Awards

See also[edit]




  • Deutsher, Keith M. (2012). The Breweries of Australia (2nd ed.). Glebe, NSW: Beer & Brewer Media. ISBN 9780987395214.