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 (CUB) and Lion. In December 2011, CUB became a subsidiary of British multinational SABMiller (the then world second largest international brewing company) and in October 2016 CUB became 100% owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) the world's largest brewing company, based in Belgium. Since October 2009, Lion has been a subsidiary of Japanese brewer, Kirin Holdings Company Limited a brewing company established in 1885. 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]

Breweries owned by major companies[edit]

On 19 July 2019, Japanese company Asahi has agreed to pay AU$16 billion to a takeover deal with AB InBev for Carlton & United Breweries. The transaction is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020. [6]

Owned By Australian
Brewery Location(s) Estab. Main Beers / Notes
AB InBev Carlton & United Breweries Carlton & United Breweries Abbotsford, VIC & Yatala, QLD 1907
Cascade Brewery Hobart, TAS 1824
Matilda Bay Brewing Company Abbotsford, VIC 1984 Australia's first craft brewery, originally established in Fremantle, Western Australia. In 1990 it was purchased by Carlton & United Breweries who subsequently closed the Western Australian brewery. 'Grand Champion' and 'Champion Large Brewery' at the 2008 Australian International Beer Awards.[7]
4 Pines Brewing Company Manly, NSW 2008 Winner of 'Champion Large Australian Brewery' at the 2015 Australian International Beer Awards.[8] 4 Pines announced on 22 September 2017 that they had been purchased by AB InBev.[9]
Pirate Life Brewing Hindmarsh, SA 2014 The award-winning South Australian brewery was purchased by AB Inbev on 30 November 2017.[10]
Kirin Company Lion J. Boag & Sons
(orig. Esk Brewery)
Launceston, TAS 1883
Castlemaine Perkins Milton, QLD 1878
Hahn Brewery Auburn, NSW 1988
Malt Shovel Brewery Camperdown, NSW 1998 Part of Lion, famous for the James Squires range and Orchard Crush cider. Also brews Malt Shovel Brewers (once named Mad Brewers) and Kosciuszko Pale Ale.
SA Brewing Company Thebarton, SA 1859 West End Brewery founded 1859 closed 1980. Thebarton "Southwark" brewery continues to this day.
Swan Brewery Thebarton, SA 1837 Brewery was previously in Canning Vale, WA
Tooheys Lidcombe, NSW 1869
Little Creatures Brewery Fremantle, WA & Geelong, VIC 2000 In 2012 the company became part of Lion.
White Rabbit Brewery Geelong, VIC 2009 Originally owned by Little World Beverages, in 2012 the company became part of Lion. In 2015 the Healesville brewery was closed and production moved to Geelong.[11] Beer range includes White Ale, Dark Ale & Pale Ale. The White Ale was named 2017 Champion Australian Beer at the Australian International Beer Awards.[12]
Coopers Brewery Cooper Family Regency Park, SA 1862
Asahi Mountain Goat Beer Richmond, VIC 1997 Mountain Goat Beer was purchased by Asahi in September 2015 and is therefore no longer an independent owned microbrewery. They have won many local awards including Champion Australian Beer at the 2015 Australian International Beer Awards.
Green Beacon Brewing Co. Teneriffe & Geebung, QLD 2013 Green Beacon was purchased by Asahi on 21 August 2019. [13] Green Beacon is a multi-award winning brewery having been named 2017 Champion Small Australian Brewery and 2018 Champion Medium Australian Brewery at the Australian International Beer Awards.
Coca-Cola Amatil Australian Beer Company[14] Yenda Beers Yenda, NSW 2013 [15]
Feral Brewing Company Baskerville, WA 2002 Feral is a multi award-winning brewery that was named as 2009 'Grand Champion' and 2012 'Champion Large Australian Brewery' at the Australian International Beer Awards. It was announced on 12 October 2017 that it had been fully acquired by Coca-Cola Amatil.[16]
Bickford's Australia / Vok Beverages Vale Brewing Willunga, SA 2008 Vale Brewing was originally established as the McLaren Vale Beer Company before becoming Vale Brewing. In 2010 their Vale Ale was the winner of the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of the Year. They also brew beers under the Fox Hat Brewing label.[17] They were purchased in October 2017 by beverage company, Bickford's Australia.[18]


A microbrewery, or craft brewery, is a modern brewery which produces a limited amount of beer, usually with an orientation toward distinctive and flavourful products. In Australia, there is no strict definition for a microbrewery, however the definition for membership of the Independent Brewers Association provides a fair guide that could be considered appropriate. That is, a brewer sells less than 40 million litres of beer per annum and is not more than 20% owned by a brewer that produces more than 40 million litres of beer per annum anywhere in the world.[19]

The following is a list of notable microbreweries in Australia, listed alphabetically. In July 2017, there was approximately 500 small breweries in Australia.[20]

Name Location(s) Estab. Notes
2 Brothers Brewery Moorabbin, Victoria 2007 Winner of two Trophies and a Gold Medal at the Australian International Beer Awards 2017. Producers of Kung Foo, Pay Day, Gypsy Pear Cider and Growler.
Ballistic Beer Co Salisbury, Queensland 2016 Named after the local area's munition factory history of WWII, they won 3 Gold at the 2017 Australian International Beer Awards[21]
Batch Brewing Company Marrickville, New South Wales 2013 Placed 15th in top craft breweries in Australia in the 2018 Beer Cartel Craft Beer Survey.[22] Key beers; West Coast IPA, Just Beer, Elsie the Milk Stout.
Beaten Track Brewery Kalgoorlie, Western Australia 2007 Establishment marked the return of brewing to Kalgoorlie - once a notable brewing locality - after an absence of some decades.
Beard & Brau Tamborine, Queensland 2012[23] Winner of 2014 Environmental Sustainability Award at the Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards.[24]
Bootleg Brewery Margaret River, Western Australia 1994
Broo Brewery Sorrento, Victoria 2009 Producers of Broo Premium Lager and Australia Draught - marketed as 100% Australian owned and manufactured.
Brouhaha Brewery Maleny, Queensland 2016 Winner of two Gold Medals at the Independent Beer Awards Australia 2018. [25]
Burleigh Brewing Company Burleigh Heads, Queensland 2006 Gold Medal winner at the 2012 World Beer Cup in the category 'South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier' .
Colonial Brewing Company Margaret River, Western Australia 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.
Gage Roads Brewing Company Palmyra, Western Australia 2005 One of Australia's largest independently owned craft breweries, although in 2009 Woolworths Limited acquired a 25% stake in the company. In 2016 Woolworths was bought out of its 25% via a capital raising.
Grand Ridge Brewery Mirboo North, Victoria 1989 One of Victoria's oldest craft breweries, established in 1989. Family owned and winner of over 280 International and Australian brewing awards[26] including 11 medals at the 2012 Australian International Beer Awards.[27]
Holgate Brewhouse Woodend, Victoria 1999 Winner of the Premier's Trophy for Best Victorian Beer at the 2008 Australian International Beer Awards.
Lobethal Bierhaus Lobethal, South Australia 2007
Mash Brewing Company Henley Brook, Western Australia 1998 Winner of 'Champion Australian Beer' at the 2014 Australian International Beer Awards.[28]
Moo Brew Hobart, Tasmania 2005 Located at the site of the Museum of Old and New Art.
Nail Brewing Bassendean, Western Australia 2000 Producers of the world's most expensive beer, the Antarctic Nail Ale.[29]
Newstead Brewing Co. Newstead, Queensland 2013 Winners of Champion Specialty Beer at the 2015 Craft Beer Industry Association Awards for their 3 Quarter Time Session Ale [30]
Port Dock Brewery Hotel Port Adelaide, South Australia 1986 Historic 1855 hotel closed in 1909 and reopened in 1986 as a brewpub. New microbrewery added in 2007.[31]
St Arnou Sydney, New South Wales 2001
Stockade Brew Co Sydney, New South Wales 2015 Winner of Worlds Best Imperial Stout at the World Beer Awards.[32]
Stone & Wood Brewing Co. Byron Bay, New South Wales 2008 Winner of 'Champion Large Australian Brewery' at the 2016 Australian International Beer Awards.[33]
The Craft & Co Collingwood, Victoria 2016 Producer of Australia's first amphora beer.[34][35][36]
Thunder Road Brewing Company Brunswick, Victoria 2011 Winner of 'Champion Medium Sized Australian Brewery' at 2014 and 2015 Australian International Beer Awards.[28][8]
Two Birds Brewing Spotswood, Victoria 2011 Winner of 'Champion Medium Sized Australian Brewery' at the 2016 Australian International Beer Awards.[33]
Young Henrys Newtown, New South Wales March 2012

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