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Australia’s Best Craft Brewery

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Australia's Best Craft Brewery

The title of Australia’s Best Craft Brewery is one that is hotly debated in craft beer circles across Australia. With over 150 different craft breweries and craft beer brands, there is a very large talent pool to choose from.

Time and time again we have seen two breweries vie for first and second place in the GABS Hottest 100 Australian Craft Beers, a democratic vote for Australia’s favourite craft beer, which is released each Australia Day. These two breweries are Feral Brewing, with their Hop Hog American Pale Ale, and Stone & Wood , with their Pacific Ale.

Following this trend it is not surprising that we see both breweries make the top three for Australia’s Best Craft Brewery. Congratulations goes to Feral Brewing, voted Australia’s Best Craft Brewery in this inaugural study.

Alongside Feral and Stone & Wood, and similar to this years’ Hottest 100 poll, there is a new brewery that has rapidly progressed up the ranks. Pirate Life came in a very close second (missing out by just 28 votes!). Having only been established in 2015, they are receiving widespread recognition for their range of excellent hop-forward beers.

Also kudos to Balter Brewing for making the top 10, after only starting their brewery in March 2016. Balter, whose founders include surfing legends Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson, have seen huge demand ever since their first beer was brewed.

Full results below, or see the results by state, or by capital city.




Brewery % Total Votes
Feral Brewing Company
7.8% 470
Pirate Life
7.6% 457
Stone and Wood
5.5% 332
Bridge Road Brewers
4.5% 275
4 Pines Brewing Company
4.1% 246
Little Creatures Brewing
4.1% 245
James Squire
3.4% 204
Boatrocker Brewery
2.4% 143
Balter Brewing
2.3% 138
Modus Operandi Brewing Company
2.2% 134
Moon Dog Brewing Co
2.2% 134
Mountain Goat Beer
2.2% 133
Kaiju! Beer
2.1% 128
Two Birds Brewing
2.1% 126
Batch Brewing Company
1.9% 116
Coopers Brewery Ltd  1.8% 108
Murrays Craft Brewing Co
1.8% 108
Holgate Brewhouse
1.5% 93
Mornington Peninsular Brewery
1.5% 91
La Sirene Brewing
1.2% 74
Young Henrys
1.2% 74
Bacchus Brewing Company 1.2% 70
Matso’s Broome Brewery
1.1% 67
Burleigh Brewing Company
1.1% 65
White Rabbit
1.1% 65
Buckley’s Brewery 1.1% 64
Hawthorn Brewing Co
1.0% 63
Akasha Brewing Company
0.9% 57
BrewCult
0.9% 57
Lord Nelson Brewery
0.9% 56
Willie The Boatman 0.9% 55
Bentspoke Brewing Co 0.9% 52
Moo Brew
0.8% 51
Fat Yak
0.8% 49
Hawkers Beer 0.8% 49
Big Shed Brewing Concern
0.8% 47
Bright Brewery 0.8% 47
Two Metre Tall Company
0.7% 44
Matilda Bay
0.7% 41
Gage Roads Brewing Co 0.6% 37
Little Brewing Company
0.6% 37
Newstead Brewing Company
0.6% 37
Red Duck Brewery
0.6% 37
Doctor’s Orders Brewing
0.5% 33
Wayward Brewing Co
0.5% 33
Green Beacon Brewing Company 0.5% 31
Endeavour Beverages
0.5% 29
Nail Brewing Australia
0.5% 29
Prancing Pony Brewery
0.5% 28
Riverside Brewing Company
0.5% 28
Hargreaves Hill Brewing Co
0.4% 27
Grand Ridge Brewery 0.4% 25
Rocks Brewing Co
0.4% 24
Grifter Brewing Company 0.4% 23
Kosciuszko Brewing Company 0.4% 22
3 Ravens
0.3% 21
Byron Bay Brewing Co 0.3% 21
Exit Brewing
0.3% 21
Redoak Boutique Beer Café 0.3% 20
Six String Brewing Co
0.3% 20
Black Dog Brewery 0.3% 19
Ekim Brewing Company 0.3% 19
Vale Brewing 0.3% 19
Hopdog Beerworks
0.3% 18
Cavalier Brewing
0.3% 17
Fortitude Brewing Company
0.3% 17
Red Hill Brewery
0.3% 16
Temple Brewery
0.3% 16
Wolf of the Willows
0.3% 16
Bad Shepherd Brewing 0.2% 15
Lobethal Bierhaus
0.2% 15
Shenanigans Brewing
0.2% 15
Two Brothers Brewery 0.2% 15
Flat Rock Brew Café 0.2% 14
Southern Bay Brewing Co 0.2% 14
Brew Boys Brewery 0.2% 13
Illawarra Brewing Company 0.2% 13
Dainton Family Brewery 0.2% 12
Foghorn Brewhouse 0.2% 12
Barossa Valley Brewing 0.2% 11
Clare Valley Brewing Co 0.2% 11
Mildura Brewery 0.2% 11
Badlands Brewery
0.2% 10
Black Hops Brewing 0.2% 10
Noisy Minor Brewing Company 0.2% 10
Nomad Brewing Company
0.2% 10
Seven Sheds Brewery 0.2% 10
40 Acres Brewing 0.1% 9
7 Cent Brewery 0.1% 9
Bootleg Brewery 0.1% 9
Colonial Brewing Co
0.1% 9
Fixation Brewing Co
0.1% 9
Quiet Deeds
0.1% 9
Thirsty Crow Brewing Co 0.1% 9
Wig & Pen Pub & Brewery 0.1% 9
Eagle Bay Brewing Co 0.1% 8
Mismatch Brewing Company 0.1% 8
New England Brewing Co. 0.1% 8
Pact Brewing 0.1% 8
Wheaty Brewing Corps 0.1% 8
Woolshed Brewery 0.1% 8
4 Hearts Brewing Company 0.1% 7
Edge Brewing Project
0.1% 7
Kooinda Brewery
0.1% 7
Yenda 0.1% 7
Balmain Brewing Company
0.1% 6
Black Duck Brewery
0.1% 6
Brookes Beer 0.1% 6
Coldstream Brewery 0.1% 6
Hunter Beer Co 0.1% 6
Mash Brewing
0.1% 6
Thunder Road Brewing Company 0.1% 6
Beard & Brau 0.1% 5
Dad & Dave’s Brewing
0.1% 5
Iron House Brewery 0.1% 5
Smiling Samoyed Brewery 0.1% 5
Yulli’s Brews 0.1% 5
Cheeky Monkey Brewery & Cidery 0.1% 4
Happy Goblin 0.1% 4
Hop Nation Brewing Co
0.1% 4
Arctic Fox Brewing
0.0% 3
Bargara Brewing Company
0.0% 3
Himmel Hund 0.0% 3
Killer Sprocket
0.0% 3
Van Dieman Brewing
0.0% 3
Black Heart Brewery 0.0% 2
Boneyard Brewing 0.0% 2
Sample Brew 0.0% 2
Stockade Brew Co
0.0% 2
The Australian Brewery
0.0% 2
Three Troupers Brewery 0.0% 2
Zierholz Premium Brewery 0.0% 2
Bellarine Brewing Co 0.0% 1
Cheeky Peak Brewery 0.0% 1
The Monk Brewery & Kitchen 0.0% 1
True South 0.0% 1

To see the full results of the 2016 Australian Craft Beer Survey click here.

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