Our first update of 2017 still continues the rising trend of new craft beer breweries opening in Australia. A new brewery opens, on average, every 6 days. This has been a consistent trend for the last 3 years.
Since out last update in December, another 29 more new breweries have been added to our Brewery List. And three deletions. There have also been a couple of name changes, quite a few new addresses and updated details, and a few branding changes.
These changes bring the current total of craft beer breweries in Australia to 477.
The trend of new brewery openings still looks set to contine as the number of new breweries in planning is still increasing. Despite those that have been added we still have details of another 100 that should open sometime in the next 6 months to a year.
The Australian Craft Beer Brewery List
Our Brewery List includes breweries, brew pubs, brewing companies, and contract brewers. 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:
- 143 in Victoria
- 132 in New South Wales
- 61 in Western Australia
- 55 in Queensland
- 48 in South Australia
- 27 in Tasmania
- 8 in the ACT
- 3 in the Northern Territory
There always has been, and no doubt will always be, debate about what is craft beer 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. And more people are beginning to take the same view.
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.
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.