While Australia may not be considered among the pioneers of beer (Germany, Belgium and France have that covered pretty well), the recent growth of craft beer all over the country reflects not only our collective love for a frothy at the end of the day but also a keen interest in developing our individual beer identity.

With breweries by the sea, in the mountains, in the country and smack bang in the middle of the city, there is something new quite literally around every corner. So those who love a larger, have an interest in IPAs or are sweet for a sour should look no further than our list of Australia’s best craft breweries for their next beer adventure!

 

VICTORIA

Blackmans Brewery

26 Bell St, Torquay VIC, 3228

blackmansbrewery.com.au

While many consider Geelong one of the country’s hubs for craft beer, there are some big things happening down the road in its surf-coast neighbour, Torquay.

 

Boatrocker Brewery

51 Macbeth St, Braeside VIC, 3195

boatrocker.com.au

Inspired by his adventures in Europe, Matt Houghton created Boatrocker Brewery in 2013 as a way to bring the barrel-ageing traditions of Belgium and Northern Germany to Australia.

 

Bright Brewery

121 Great Alpine Rd, Bright VIC, 3741

brightbrewery.com.au

Overlooking the snow-fed Ovens River in the heart of Victoria’s High Country is an award-winning brewery making beers that bring people together, and tell a story of the region in which they were created.

 

Burnley Brewing

648 Bridge Rd, Burley VIC, 3121

burnleybrewing.com.au

A new addition to the city, Burnley Brewing is a funky brewpub complete with comfy booths and several taps for pouring their own beers that are all made with thoughtful ingredients and progressive collaborations. 

 

Coldstream Brewery

94 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream VIC, 3770

coldstreambrewery.com.au

The Coldstream Brewery building was once a restored and transformed wool-shed, these days it is a modern microbrewery in Coldstream – the gateway to the Yarra Valley.

 

Fury & Son

46 Concorde Dr, Keilor Park VIC, 3042

furyandson.com.au

When passion meets fury, there are no limits as to what can be achieved. With this in mind, the visionary behind Fury & Son Brewing Company, Andrew Georgiou, has led an impassioned journey in building Melbourne’s newest craft brewery from the ground up. 

 

Little Creatures Brewery

221 Swanston St, South Geelong VIC, 3220

littlecreatures.com.au

The Little Creatures team is very proud of its not-so-little home in Geelong’s old Valley Worsted Wool Mill, where they welcome visitors from near and far into the wonderful world of Creatures.

 

Moon Dog Craft Brewery

17 Duke St, Abbotsford VIC, 3067

moondogbrewing.com.au

In bucking every convention in the craft beer world, Moon Dog presents a drinking and dining experience that’s impossible to find anywhere else.

 

Mornington Peninsula Brewery

72 Watts Rd, Mornington VIC, 3931

mpbrew.com.au

Mornington Peninsula Brewery, located in Mornington itself, is a craft brewery that is rapidly making a name for itself, picking up awards locally and nationally since it opened in 2010.

 

Mountain Goat

North St, Richmond VIC, 3181

goatbeer.com.au

Mountain Goat is leading the charge in Melbourne’s craft-beer scene, pushing the industry towards ever more delicious and diverse brews. 

 

Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall

100 Gipps St, Collingwood VIC, 3066

stompingground.beer

Stomping Ground offers 21st century locals a spot to enjoy all that is good about the beloved brew, in surroundings that make everyone feel at home.

 

Tallboy & Moose

270 Raglan St, Preston VIC, 3072

tallboyandmouse.com

In the heart of Preston is a brewery looking to quench the thirst of beer-loving Melburnians. Tallboy and Moose is a relaxed, industrial space offering fresh craft beer, casual dining and good vibes. 

 

Two Birds Brewing

136 Hall St, Spotswood VIC, 3015

twobirdsbrewing.com.au

As Australia’s first female-owned brewery, Two Birds has a lot to prove and

Jayne Lewis and Danielle Allen aren’t going to let the dude-dominated industry stand in their way.

 

Watts River Brewing

7 Hunter Rd, Healesville VIC, 3777

wattsriverbrewing.com.au

Only opening in September 2016, Watts River Brewing is a new kid on the Yarra Valley block. The Healesville based takes its name from the Watts River that flows through the township.

 

White Rabbit Brewery

Cnr Swanston St & Fyans St, Geelong West VIC, 3218

whiterabbitbeer.com.au

It seems that for as long as Victorians have loved craft beer, they have loved White Rabbit. The brewery continues to grow in both popularity and production and in late 2015 it finally decided it needed a new stomping ground. 

 


AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

BentSpoke

38 Mort Street, Braddon ACT, 2612

bentspokebrewing.com.au

BentSpoke Brewing is a Canberra brewpub that is bending a few rules when it comes to the age-old traditions of beer and cider brewing.

 

Capital Brewing Co

Building 3, 1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick ACT, 2609

capitalbrewing.co

Canberra’s craft beer scene has truly taken off in recent years, and yet another feather has been added to the city’s cap thanks to Capital Brewing Co. Inspired by the craft beer scene setting San Diego on fire, this is a small slice of Cali in Canberra.

 

Pact Beer Co

pactbeer.com.au

The recipes for Pact Beer Co’s range of brews were developed in a tiny Canberra kitchen, but what’s bottled and kegged at the end of the day is far from a humble homebrew.

 


NEW SOUTH WALES

4 Pines

29/43-45 East Esplanade, Manly NSW, 2095

Smack bang in the heart of Manly Wharf’s heaving hospitality scene is the relaxed and ever trendy 4 Pines Brewpub, perfectly capturing that summer afternoon casual pub pop-in all year round.

 

Akasha Brewing Company

10A Spencer St, Five Dock NSW, 2046

akashabrewing.com.au

Few brands can claim swift rise to fame as Sydney’s Akasha Brewing Company. This craft brewery began in 2015 when owners, Dave Padden and Wesley White, nomad-brewed at The Rocks Brewing Company in Alexandria.

 

Block ‘n’ Tackle Brewery

1/11-13 Cochrone St, Kincumber NSW, 2251

From a small home garage in Avoca Beach, a group of friends have turned their home-brewing hobby into a functional microbrewery, churning out some of the best craft beers in Australia.

 

Frenchies Bistro & Brewery

The Cannery, 6/61 Mentmore Ave, Rosebery NSW,

frenchiesbistroandbrewery.com.au

Frenchies has developed as an equal part bistro and brewery that complements one another with style and sophistication that only a pair of Frenchies could pull off.

 

Lovedale Brewery

430 Wine Country Dr, Lovedale NSW, 2325

lovedalebrewery.com

Lovedale Brewery is a craft beer producer that creates award-winning brews in the heart of the Hunter Valley, now the area is worth a visit for beer lovers as well as wine buffs!

 

Modus Operandi Brewery

14 Harkeith St, Mona Vale NSW, 2103

mobrewing.com.au

With one eye on the surf and the other on their brewing tanks, the team at Modus Operandi have been brewing some exceptional craft beer.

 

Sauce Brewing Co.

1a Mitchell St, Marrickville NSW, 2204

sauce.beer

Sauce Brewing Co. sprung from a backyard dream turned career for Mike Clarke. Graduating from stovetop brewing to launching the brand as a gypsy brewer in 2016, Mike has grown the business from the bottom up.

 

Stockade Brew Co

stockadebrewco.com.au

Since setting up shop in 2015, Stockade Brew Co has lined up more than 50 awards, including World’s Best Imperial Stout at the 2015 World Beer Awards for their Craft Rebellion special release.

 

Wayward Brewery

1 Gehrig Ln, Camperdown NSW, 2050

waywardbrewing.com.au

At Wayward Brewing Co., their beers are inspired by pilgrimages across the world, brewed with natural ingredients sourced from near and far

 

Wildflower Brewing & Blending

11-13 Brompton St, Marrickville NSW, 2204

wildflowerbeer.com

Wildflower Brewing and Blending goes back to the very origins of brewing cultures and placing emphasis on the importance of wild fermenting and native foraging.

 


NORTHERN TERRITORY

Six Tanks Brewing Co

4/69 Mitchell Street, Darwin

sixtanks.com.au

With temperatures of around 30 degrees all year round, Darwin’s climate provides perfect beer-drinking weather, and at Six Tanks Brewing Co, nobody is going thirsty.


 

QUEENSLAND

Balter Beer

14 Traders Way, Currumbin QLD, 4223

balter.com.au

Balter Beer was founded on that universal salute to finishing the day well, and the owners know a lot about celebrating great things by world champion surfers Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Josh Kerr and Bede Durbidge

 

Brouhaha

6/39 Coral Street, Maleny QLD, 4552

brouhahabrewery.com.au

Though they’re new on the craft beer scene, Brouhaha Brewery’s passion for local produce and involvement in the Maleny community has seen them score a number of accolades and enthusiastic fans since opening in 2016.

 

Burleigh Brewing Co

2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads

burleighbrewing.com.au

Coming to Burleigh Heads off the back of a successful brewing venture in Hawaii, Brennan and Peta Fielding opened Burleigh Brewing Co. in 2006, hoping to bring better quality beer to Queensland.

 

Newstead Brewing Co

85 Doggett Street, Newstead, QLD 4006

newsteadbrewing.com.au

With two breweries on either side of town, Newstead Brewing Co is ubiquitous in Brisbane’s craft brewery scene. Established in 2013 in its namesake suburb in the city’s inner east, Newstead Brewing Co pours pints seven days a week.

 


SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Lady Burra

4 Topham Mall, Adelaide, SA 5000

ladyburrabrewhouse.com.au

As the first and currently only operational microbrewery in the city centre, Lady Burra had a lot to prove when it came to South Australian craft beer.

 

Mismatch Brewing Co

mismatchbrewing.com.au

As a self-described ‘mismatched bunch of industry professionals’ the Mismatch team were brought together by one thing in common: a passion for good beer made from high-quality ingredients.

 

Pirate Life Brewing

89 South Road, Hindmarsh SA, 5007

piratelife.com.au

South Australia may be well-known for it’s wineries, but its emerging craft brewery scene is hardly second best – especially when you look at the success of Pirate Life.

Robe Town Brewery

97 Millicent Rd, Robe SA, 5276

robetownbrewery.com

Inside a disused fish factory along the Limestone Coast is Robe Town Brewery – a boutique brewery that has created a niche spot for itself within the South Australian beer scene.

 


TASMANIA

Bruny Island Beer Co

1807 Main Road, Great Bay, Bruny Island TAS, 7150

brunyislandcheese.com.au

Built in 2015, the Bruny Island Beer Co brewery is directly behind the famous cheesery in Great Bay and released its first beer in February 2016.

 

Ocho Beer

ochobeer.com.au

Ocho Beer is possibly the Australian craft beer scene’s best-kept secret. It’s rare to find in bars and bottle shops, and they release a new, one-off brew every month.

 

Shambles

222 Elizabeth St, Hobart TAS 7000

shamblesbrewery.com.au

There’s irony in the name of Shambles Brewery. The sleek, modern bar is possibly one of the most elegant and organised you’ll ever see and the diverse selection of beers are poured from tidy, rectangular metal taps.

 

Van Diemen

537 White Hills Road, White Hills TAS, 7258

vandiemanbrewing.com.au

There aren’t many breweries that grow the ingredients for their beers on-site; then again, there aren’t many breweries like Van Dieman.

 


WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Cheeky Monkey Brewery

4259 Caves Road, Wilyabrup

cheekymonkeybrewery.com.au

Opening in 2012, Cheeky Monkey was born and bred in the Margaret River town of Wilyabrup and their brews are available exclusively in Western Australia.

 

Colonial

56 Osmington Road, Margaret River

colonialbrewingco.com.au

Tapping their first keg in 2004, Colonial Brewing was one of the first breweries to open on the Western Australia coastline; since then, the brand has greatly expanded.

 

Indian Ocean Brewing Co

33 Ocean Falls Boulevard, Mindarie WA, 6030

www.themarinamindarie.com/indian-ocean-brewery

Located on the marina in Mindarie, Indian Ocean Brewing Co quite possibly has one of the most picturesque locations that an Australian craft beer brewer could boast.

 

Little Creatures

40 Mews Rd, Fremantle WA 6160

littlecreatures.com.au

A group of beer experts and enthusiasts purchased a disused crocodile farm in Fremantle in 1999 and set about brewing a hop-driven American Pale Ale. Little did they know it would become one of Australia’s most beloved brews: Little Creatures Pale.


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