Why Australia Loves Craft Beer

Author: The Grogfather   Date Posted:29 March 2016 

Walking into one of Brisbane’s local alehouses you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into a moody Melbourne laneway bar, a sunny Fremantle brew house or one of Sydney’s waterfront local haunts. Brisbane’s craft beer scene has outgrown that of its more populated older siblings, maturing to a point of genuine diversity. Some of the best craft beer in Australia (and the world) is now ubiquitous in local bars around the country. But what’s all the fuss about craft beer? Why are Aussies – and Queenslanders in particular – in such a craze over craft beer?

selection of craft beer from pale ales to darker beers

What Is Craft Beer?

Well, let’s start by clarifying what constitutes a craft beer. America defines a craft brewer as “small, independent and traditional”.  Of course, the meanings of these terms get scaled, stretched and skewed when translated to the Australian landscape, but the essence remains. In Australia, craft beer is generally produced on a small scale, using traditional or “handmade” methods, by independent producers. However, Australia doesn’t have the luxury (or dilemma) of the rigid definitions that USA gives to “small, independent and traditional”. While the US places a limit on the amount of beer a brewery can produce and still be called “small”, we, in the typical lackadaisical Australian spirit, let the term have open meaning. Breweries as large and prolific as Little Creatures can still stake a claim on the title of “craft brewers” alongside grassroots producers like Moon Dog and Two Birds.

Why Do Aussies Love Craft Beer?

What makes small, independent production so appealing to Australians? Put simply, the best craft beers in Australia are produced on a small scale, with the brewer’s own ideas and passions poured into the mix. As well as being at the whim of the brewer, the conditions of small scale brewing can also change by the day (weather, exposure to yeasts and bacteria in the air, light etc.), which gives craft beer characteristics that are unique to each particular batch. Both the process and the result are interesting (especially when compared to large scale beer production) and create an appealing point of interest for beer-lovers. With the rise of the farm-to-table movement and the growing popularity of small-scale production, it’s hard to see why Australians wouldn’t be attracted to craft beer.

The Rise of Craft Beer in Australia

Australia produces some of the best craft beers in the world. With more than 200 craft beer producers in the country, you’d be hard-pressed to find a bar or pub in any Australian city that doesn’t serve at least one craft beer on tap, let alone where you can’t buy craft beer by the bottle. Winning the competition to produce the best craft beer in Australia pays high returns – with no production limits on craft beer, brewers are free to compete for a top spot on the Aussie market and the discerning drinker’s palate.

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