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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, 9.1 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 some 80% of beer sold in the country to be major contributors to the economic and social lifeblood of the nation.

Hot Issues

Carbohydrates & Sugar in Alcohol Beverages

With the majority of Australians seeking more information about the products they consume, it is bizarre that governments, through FSANZ, are seeking to prevent consumers making informed choices by denying them access to the proven scientific evidence on sugar and carbohydrate content in beers...

Consultation on Extending Support to Craft Brewers & Distillers

While welcoming bipartisan support for the proposal, despite these changes Australians will still pay among the highest excise on beer in the world, in addition to a 10% GST. These taxes on beer drinkers netted the Australian Government $4.2 billion last year. Only by addressing current excise rates across the beer category will these cost of living pressures on Australians be eased...

ACT Drug Strategy Action Plan

Any reforms must target the harmful consumption of alcohol, while not adversely affecting the overwhelming majority of the population who consume responsibly and sociably. The drivers of alcohol misuse and anti-social behaviour among a small part of the population are complex and must be addressed directly, not through population-wide measures that are ineffective and ultimately penalise responsible consumers...

Latest News

84% of Australians drink within recommended guidelines

Australians are drinking less alcohol per capita than at any point in the last 55 years. 84% drink within recommended guidelines - that's no more than two standard drinks per day. By definition, that puts binge drinking at 16% - down from 21% in 2004. Claims of a crisis in alcohol consumption and increasing rates of binge drinking simply do not stack up...

Consumers want more, not less, information

Australians are increasingly conscious of the ingredients in the products they consume - including beer. We know they want to know the sugar and carbohydrate content of beers, that's why low carb, low sugar and even gluten-free beer is produced. A bid by some to prevent this factual information being available to consumers would actively undermine consumer choice...

Penalising responsible drinkers is not the answer

It’s a unique point of view that suggests, if 10% of people are drinking the majority of alcohol, that prices need to be significantly increased for the other 90% of people, most of whom are consuming alcohol responsibly. If anything, the research reinforces the need for targeted, rather than population-wide, measures to tackle the array of social and cultural drivers leading some people to drink at excessive levels...

Upcoming Events

4Pines Beer Degustation

Hotel Kurrajong Canberra’s award winning Executive Head Chef Saju Rajappan has teamed up with 4Pines beer connoisseurs Shain Winn and Tim Soutar to curate Canberra’s trendiest beer degustation on Saturday 25 May 2019. Get your taste buds ready for a tantalising culinary experience perfectly paired with the finest beers...

Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular - Sydney

At GABS 2019 its all about sharing our love of craft beer and cider with as many people as possible. On 1 June 2019 Sydney Showground will feature more than 600 craft beers, 180 specially brewed Festival Beers & Ciders, a thriving marketplace of breweries, cideries and exhibitors, the Craft Beer College and Food and Drink Experience, plus outstanding entertainment and atmosphere - DO NOT miss it...

Beer & BBQ Festival - Adelaide

Bringing together beers, brewers and barbecuers in an all-in-one music festival, showcasing the best of Australian and international beer with over 60 exhibitors along with some of the country’s best restaurants and chef’s cooking up a BBQ storm! This is a truly cultural event running over 12-14 July at the Adelaide Showgrounds...