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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

Jobs for the Future in Regional Areas

Local pubs and clubs are essential community infrastructure in regional areas. Research demonstrates that having a 'local' brings numerous positives, including higher life satisfaction, greater interpersonal trust, and greater connectedness with community. Isolation, loneliness and social cohesion are important considerations for population health, especially in regional areas...

Excise Duties on Beer: Australia in International Perspective (Revised August 2019)

Economist Prof Kym Anderson AC updates his May 2019 research comparing beer tax around the world. The August 2019 analysis of Australia compared with OECD and EU countries takes into account the ATOs latest CPI hike, showing Australia, at $2.23 per litre, is now just 1 cent behind Finland ($2.24 per litre) as the fourth highest beer taxed nation on earth. We then pay another 10% GST on top of everything, including the beer tax. It is also automatically increased every six months...

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...

Latest News

Aled by high taxes

When the biggest cost in the price of a beer is tax and that tax starts to put a beer beyond the reach of ordinary Australians, something is terribly wrong. Aussies pay the fourth highest beer tax in the world. Tax is the biggest cost in the price of a beer - a whopping 42% of the price of a stubby. Our Letter to the Editor in the Sydney Morning Herald makes it clear, beer certainly isn't cheap...

Aussies pay too much beer tax... and it goes up again tomorrow

Australia's beer tax is already the fourth highest in the world, we then pay a 10% GST, including on the beer tax, at the bar or checkout, and the rate ratchets up every six months due to an automatic CPI increase. With moderate consumption now the norm in Australia, it's time to give beer lovers a well-earned break...

Let's talk facts when discussing the impact of alcohol in emergency departments

Brewers Opinion Editorial, published in The Canberra Times on 1 August 2019, says study parameters that assert anyone who had a drink at lunch, even a solitary beer, and is in a hospital emergency department up to 12 hours later, that alcohol was a contributing factor needs to be called out, because you don't get to ignore human physiology or make up your own facts...

Upcoming Events

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...

Launceston BeerFest

Ring in 2020 at the Launceston BeerFest at Royal Park on 31 December, bringing together beer, beer-makers and beer lovers for a New Year's Eve special event...

Ballarat Beer Festival

Ballarat Beer Festival is back on 15 January 2020 at a new location in the beautiful Northern Gardens providing shade aplenty and cooling respite from the summer heat. So round up your mates, grab a picnic blanket and take in over 20,000 square metres of lakeside beer action showcasing over 150 of the world's finest beers. Come sip and savour your way to beervana...