The past few years has seen the establishment of a number of new brewery owning companies that have been buying, significantly investing in, or creating new small craft beer brands and breweries. These are:
These holding companies own, or part own, an increasing number of craft beer breweries together with other beverage brands, as well as owning distribution companies.
Founded in 2017, Founders First Ltd is an investment company that has been rapidly expanding its investments. Founded by former employees of big corporate companies, the company raised the significant sum of $21 million to invest in a range of breweries. They listed on the ASX stock exchange in December 2019 by raising a further $17.5 million through another share offer to enable them to buy into more craft beer breweries. In August 2020 they changed the trading name to Mighty Craft.
So far they have bought into:
together with investments in:
As well as buying into the above companies, Founders First have established a national sales team that distributes products from the companies, as well as purchasing venues as outlets for beers from the above breweries.
Originally starting out as a contract brewing facility called Australian Independent Brewers (AIB). After a spell in receivership, it was bought in 2012 and rebranded as BrewPack, still offering contract brewing facilities to a large range of craft beer breweries. In 2018 the company relaunched as Tribe Breweries.
With their new production facility recently opened in Goulburn, they are one of the largest craft beer brewers in the country.
Their breweries are:
Originally starting out as Gage Roads Brewing, the company rebranded as Good Drinks in 2018, after buying Matso’s Brewery. The new company is expanding its range with the recent creation of Atomic Beer Project focusing on hop-driven beers.
they also own:
Originally started as Stone & Wood Group, the company that owned Stone & Wood Brewing rebranded in 2016 to Fermentum, shortly after launching Fixation Brewing and Square Keg Distribution.
Their breweries are:
Alongside the Bickfords range of soft drinks, they own or import an extensive range of products including bourbon, whiskey, brandy, rum, tequila, wine, cider and hard lemonade. The full range is here
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