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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 Alcoholic 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

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...

Alcohol advertising worries are under proof

While alcohol ­ads have increased in volume and reach, every Australian Government indicator over the same period shows underage drinking in sharp decline. Not only is there no correlation ­between alcohol ads or sports sponsorship and youth consumption, the body of scientific evidence and lived experience in countries where advertising bans have been in place, demonstrates the polar opposite. Brewers' Opinion Editorial, published in The Daily Telegraph newspaper on 11 April 2019, makes the facts clear...

Multiple fouls called on false claims against alcohol ads

The Brewers Association exposes the flawed assumptions and intellectually dishonest approach of anti-alcohol crusaders in their bid to misrepresent alcohol advertising, sports sponsorship and youth drinking in Australia...

Upcoming Events

Great Austalian Beer SpecTAPular - Brisbane

At GABS 2019 its all about sharing our love of craft beer and cider with as many people as possible. GABS Brisbane is staged at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, in the heart of the bustling South Bank precinct. There are two 5-hour sessions held on Saturday 27 April 2019...

Good Beer Week - Melbourne

One of Australia’s premier beer events, Good Beer Week - running from 10-19 May 2019 - 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 Austalian Beer SpecTAPular - Melbourne

At GABS 2019 its all about sharing our love of craft beer and cider with as many people as possible. Over 17-19 May 2019 Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building 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...