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!
26 Bell St, Torquay VIC, 3228
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.
51 Macbeth St, Braeside VIC, 3195
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.
121 Great Alpine Rd, Bright VIC, 3741
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.
648 Bridge Rd, Burley VIC, 3121
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.
94 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream VIC, 3770
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.
46 Concorde Dr, Keilor Park VIC, 3042
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.
221 Swanston St, South Geelong VIC, 3220
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.
17 Duke St, Abbotsford VIC, 3067
In bucking every convention in the craft beer world, Moon Dog presents a drinking and dining experience that’s impossible to find anywhere else.
72 Watts Rd, Mornington VIC, 3931
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.
North St, Richmond VIC, 3181
Mountain Goat is leading the charge in Melbourne’s craft-beer scene, pushing the industry towards ever more delicious and diverse brews.
100 Gipps St, Collingwood VIC, 3066
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.
270 Raglan St, Preston VIC, 3072
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
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.
7 Hunter Rd, Healesville VIC, 3777
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.
Cnr Swanston St & Fyans St, Geelong West VIC, 3218
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
38 Mort Street, Braddon ACT, 2612
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
The Cannery, 6/61 Mentmore Ave, Rosebery NSW,
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.
430 Wine Country Dr, Lovedale NSW, 2325
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
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.
1a Mitchell St, Marrickville NSW, 2204
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
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.
1 Gehrig Ln, Camperdown NSW, 2050
At Wayward Brewing Co., their beers are inspired by pilgrimages across the world, brewed with natural ingredients sourced from near and far
11-13 Brompton St, Marrickville NSW, 2204
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.
Six Tanks Brewing Co
4/69 Mitchell Street, Darwin
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.
14 Traders Way, Currumbin QLD, 4223
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
6/39 Coral Street, Maleny QLD, 4552
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
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
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.
4 Topham Mall, Adelaide, SA 5000
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
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
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.
97 Millicent Rd, Robe SA, 5276
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.
Bruny Island Beer Co
1807 Main Road, Great Bay, Bruny Island TAS, 7150
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 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.
222 Elizabeth St, Hobart TAS 7000
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.
537 White Hills Road, White Hills TAS, 7258
There aren’t many breweries that grow the ingredients for their beers on-site; then again, there aren’t many breweries like Van Dieman.
Cheeky Monkey Brewery
4259 Caves Road, Wilyabrup
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.
56 Osmington Road, Margaret River
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
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.
40 Mews Rd, Fremantle WA 6160
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.