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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 $3.8 billion in beer taxes each year cannot be ignored.

Crafting Australia's premier and best loved beers, our members make some 90% of beer sold in the country to be major contributors to the economic and social lifeblood of the nation.

Hot Issues

Draft National Alcohol Strategy 2018-26

Bereft of scientific rigour while making unsubstantiated claims, the draft National Alcohol Strategy is driven by dogma, not fact or evidence. Of its 64 references, only 10 are peer-reviewed and just 4 of those are from the last 5 years. It even cites media reports as evidence. Our submission quotes 187 scientific and factual sources exposing the seismic faults in the misguided draft and debunking the bunkum within...

NSW Inquiry into the Alcoholic Beverages Advertising Prohibition Bill 2015

Australians - most notably younger people - are drinking less alcohol than ever before. Meanwhile, international experience and Australian research show that advertising is not a driver for uptake or drinking behaviour. The very premise of this legislation misdiagnoses the issue and risks perpetuating problems by masking the real causes of harmful drinking and anti-social behaviour...

National FASD Strategy 2018-28

Making further inroads into the incidences of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) will take a long-term commitment and, to be effective, evidence-based, targeted interventions will require a combination of resources and effort from government, industry and the community...

Latest News

It’s time beer drinkers were served a tax break

Published in the Courier-Mail, Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun newspapers over 25 and 26 January 2018, Brewers' Opinion Editorial details the exorbitant taxes Aussies pay on beer - at almost half the cost of a typical carton, despite every official Australian Government key indicator on alcohol consumption being in free-fall for a decade or more. It's time to cut Aussies a little slack...

The problem with the draft National Alcohol Strategy

Writing for Drinks Trade, Brewers outline some of the shortcomings under the draft Strategy, especially trying to use price as a pressure point for tackling alcohol misuse, which is a lazy and flawed policy option - published 15 January 2018...

Cheap beer prices? What cheap beer... where?

Calls to up beer taxes because beer is too cheap in Australia have been scoffed at, with Brewers noting that when it comes to cheap alcohol products, beer is not among them, while adding that price is not a pressure point for those who misuse alcohol, it just penalises the vast majority who drink responsibly while doing nothing for those few at risk of harm...

Upcoming Events

Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival

Come 24 March, the 2018 Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival will provide a great platform for beer enthusiasts and the whole family to enjoy a day where there is, literally, something for everyone...

Good Beer Week - 11-20 May

One of Australia’s premier beer events, Good Beer Week features over 270 events across Melbourne and Victoria, attracting some 75,000 people for masterclasses, high profile chefs, degustations, live music and fashion shows...

Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular - Melbourne

Running over 18-20 May 2018, the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building is a must for all beer lovers...