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Brewery List: Update No. 1 (Oct 2014)

Yesterday we published our first Brewery List update.

It shows the current total of craft beer breweries in Australia at 268.

The Australian Craft Beer Brewery List

Our Brewery List includes breweries, brew pubs, brewing companies, contract brewers and labels/marketing companies. We use a wide definition for inclusion in the Brewery List on the basis that they produce craft beer for sale to the public, whether on premises or not.

Currently the number of craft beer breweries in each state is:

  • 83 in Victoria
  • 75 in New South Wales
  • 41 in Western Australia
  • 26 in Queensland
  • 27 in South Australia
  • 11 in Tasmania
  • 3 in the ACT
  • 1 in the Northern Territory
  • 1 on Norfolk Island

There always has been, and no doubt will always be, debate about what is craft beer (the subject of a soon to be published post) and therefore what is a craft beer brewery. And we’re sure that some people may question some inclusions on the list.

We are here to spread the news about the great tastes and varieties of Australian Craft Beer and take the view that the more, the merrier. Even if some inclusions may not entirely fit everyone’s view of the world. We are, though, open to discussion around the subject.

Is a “Brewery” really a “Brewery” without a physical presence?

We think so, at least for inclusion on our Brewery List.

The craft beer market in Australia is still new and developing, with consumers being slowly converted to the wide variety and tastes of craft beer. Most of those consumers drink their beer in a local craft beer bar, and when they see the row of tap labels on the bar, we don’t believe that they care if the beer comes from a brewery, brew pub, brewing company, contract/gypsy brewer, or even a marketing company. As long as it’s a craft beer served properly.

Our list is about helping consumers identify the different brands/companies and check if they are craft beer breweries. Our aim is to expand overall awareness and knowledge of craft beer in Australia.

Having said that, we also strongly believe that brewers need to be clear about the labelling of their beer and where it is brewed. Clear consumer information is essential to let the consumer decide what they want to buy, and maintain confidence that craft beer is all that it is marketed to be.

Whilst there will always be discussion about what is craft beer and what is a craft beer brewery, and we welcome debate and discussion, our Brewery List is the most comprehensive and up to date Australian Craft Beer Brewery List.