As we get closer to the end of the year, the October update adds those breweries that have opened since our last update in July 2019, together with those that missed the last update.
The “rate of opening” has crept slight higher with a new brewery opening every 5 days. A rate that has been fairly consistent since 2016.
Our list of “coming breweries” has also increased, with almost 150 that are planning to open in the next 6 months to a year. The industry is still likely to continue its growth trajectory for at least the next few years.
The changes bring the current total of craft beer breweries in Australia to 693.
Of the 693 breweries:
- 25% are contract, or gypsy brewers
- 47% are small breweries. These are the nano and pub breweries
- 22% are medium size. These are the micro-breweries producing between 50,000 and 300,000 litres per year
- 6% are large breweries. These are the ones that have a regional and national presence.
Since our last update in July;
- Another 37 more new breweries have been added to our Brewery List
- 22 that have started since our last update
- 6 that started in 2019 we have just picked up
- 1 that has reopened after closing earlier in the year
- 8 from previous years
- Three have been deleted. These are now listed on a seperate Closed Craft Beer Breweries page.
- There has been one name change.
- Twelve have new or updated address details.
- With two having new branding and logos.
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:
- 199 in New South Wales
- 191 in Victoria
- 104 in Queensland
- 80 in Western Australia
- 69 in South Australia
- 37 in Tasmania
- 8 in the ACT
- 5 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 still the most comprehensive and up to date Australian Craft Beer Brewery List.