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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

Alcohol harm exaggerated

Isolated, potentially selective and almost always misleading snapshot surveys are of limited to no use. Brewers' Letter to the Editor, published 19 July 2019, responds to a Canberra Times article that gives the impression that alcohol is rampant in Emergency Departments. It is not. In fact, on an annual basis, alcohol-related ED cases accounted for 0.53% of ACT hospital presentations...

Beer: the $16.5 billion spice in Australia's economic life

Aussie-made beer supports 103,000 full-time Aussie jobs, drives $16.5 billion in economic activity and raises over $3.6 billion in revenue for the taxman. It is also a major ingredient in what brings families, friends, colleagues and entire communities together...

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...

Upcoming Events

International Beer Day 2019

Now in its 11th year, International Beer Day on 2 August 2019 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!...

Fremantle BeerFest

Experience a showcase of award winning beers at WA's Fremantle BeerFest 2019 over 8-10 November at Esplanade Park as you stop, sip and savour the Best of the West...

Sydney BeerFest

Sydney BeerFest - now over two days - in Centennial Park over 30 November to 1 December 2019, will take festival-goers on a journey of beer and food discovery; exploring rare brews, beer/food pairing and unique recipes at free Masterclasses and tasting exclusive festival brews from around the Country, direct from the brewers themselves...