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Brewers Association of Australia

The Brewers Association is the peak body representing leading beer makers and beer lovers across Australia. After all, 9 million Aussie beer drinkers paying $3.6 billion in beer taxes each year cannot be ignored.

Crafting Australia's premier and best loved beers, our members make around 80% of beer sold in the country to be major contributors to the economic and social lifeblood of the nation.

Hot Issues

NHMRC Proposed Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol

Fundamental flaws in the methodology and ultimate findings in the draft Drinking Guidelines are not consistent with the very data provided in the document itself. The recommendations appear to be deliberately misleading and, clearly, not supported by evidence...

NHMRC Drinking Guidelines

Dr Tim Cooper AM MSc MD MBA, Deputy Chair of the Brewers Association of Australia and Managing Director of Coopers Brewery, pens his submission on the NHMRC Drinking Guidelines, bringing to the fore his medical expertise and real world knowledge of the science underpinning alcohol consumption...

Excise Duties on Beer: Australia in International Perspective (Updated February 2020)

Economist Prof Kym Anderson AC updates his August 2019 research comparing beer tax around the world. The February 2020 analysis of Australia compared with the advanced economies of the OECD and EU takes into account the ATOs latest CPI hike, showing Australia, at $2.26 per litre, is the fourth highest beer taxed nation. We then pay another 10% GST on top of everything, including the beer tax. It also automatically increases every six months...

Latest News

Put a cap on Australia's beer tax before the August hike

The last thing people need is for beer tax to go up again in August. If we're to gear the economy for take-off post-shutdown, then we have to dump the excise baggage. Beer tax in Australia has ratcheted up every six months for the last 37 years. Excise on beer has been the hidden tax, secretly ramping up 71 consecutive times. Simply freezing excise ahead of the next hike in August will keep costs down for punters and help restore jobs in the hard-hit hospitality sector...

All froth, no beer

Persistent calls for wine-style tax rebates for brewers are ill-conceived. Brewers' Letter to the Editor of the Canberra Times says such perpetual, taxpayer-funded handouts are distortionary, reward mediocrity and do nothing for punters. Basing this call on concocted data is equally unhelpful. The best thing government can do to help consumers, brewers and hospitality is freeze the beer tax...

Freeze grog taxes

Brewers' Letter to the Editor of the NT News makes it clear that people are not buying more booze in isolation. In fact, beer sales are 35% lower than last year. Meanwhile, the call for wine-style tax rebates to help small brewers is ill-conceived. Perpetual, taxpayer-funded handouts aren't the answer, rather freezing the beer tax for a year will ease the pain on punters and brewers and help pubs and clubs to rebound...

Upcoming Events

COVID-19 Update

Notice: All upcoming beer festival and related events are cancelled or postponed until further notice due to COVID-19. See the links below for more event-specific information. Keep safe, stay sane and we'll see you on the flipside...

Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta

No event screeeeeaaaaams Australia like Lions' Beer Can Regatta in Darwin, which, on Sunday 2 August 2020, will see thousands turn up on Mindil Beach to cheer on their favourite brew crews...

International Beer Day 2020

Now in its 12th year, International Beer Day on 7 August 2020 is a global celebration of beer taking place in bars, breweries and backyards all over the world. It's a day for beer lovers everywhere to raise a glass to our brewers and rejoice in the awesomeness that is beer!...