Australia’s best craft brewery revealed

The beer lovers said it: a small business from Western Australia is the best craft brewery for 2016.

A study of over 6,500 craft beer drinkers has revealed Feral Brewing in Perth is Australia’s best craft brewery.

Created by craft beer retailer Beer Cartel, the 2016 Australian Craft Beer Survey is the most comprehensive, publicly available research ever undertaken with Australian craft beer drinkers.

Mr Richard Kelsey, Director of Beer Cartel, said Feral Brewing being voted Australia’s best craft brewery was evidence of the quality of beer being produced out of Western Australia.

“We’ve always looked to WA as one of the great pioneering craft beer states in Australia,” said Kelsey.

“Feral Brewing has been producing exceptional craft beer over the last ten years, regularly picking up awards by the Australian beer judging community. This latest accolade builds upon these numerous awards, showing Feral is considered by the craft drinking public in the same light as these judges,” said Kelsey.

Key findings of the research included:

  • Feral Brewing is Australia’s best craft brewery: Feral beat national craft beer brands to be voted Australia’s best, including James Squire, Little Creatures and Matilda Bay (all of which are owned by large multinational companies)
  • Pale Ale is Australia’s most consumed style of beer: consumed by 91% of craft beer drinkers
  • Australian craft beer drinkers are highly patriotic: voting Australia the best beer-producing nation
  • 88% are frustrated by the beer selection at sporting and music events
  • 81% believe the government should do more to support Australian craft breweries

Mr Chris McNamara, Executive Officer of the Craft Beer Industry Association (CBIA) of Australia, said that the study was a fantastic initiative at better understanding the Australian craft beer drinking landscape.

“This study by Beer Cartel confirms a lot of perceptions we had towards the Australia craft beer market, but builds upon these further,” said McNamara.

For more on the 2016 Australian Craft Beer Survey visit: The following infographic highlights the key learnings from the survey.

2016 Australian Craft Beer Survey Infographic

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