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2018 Australia's Best Brewery

Posted by Richard Kelsey on

Australia's Best Craft Brewery 2018 - Top 10

Congratulations goes to Balter who were rated this year’s best Australian craft brewery. They have achieved the massive task in less than 3 years, having moved from 9 th place in 2016, to taking out the top gong in 2018 and have become a mainstay of the Australian craft beer scene.

Their success has been at the expense of Feral and Pirate Life who were crowned champion brewery in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Consumer sentiment post buy-out has appeared to impact the rankings of both; Feral dropping to 8 th and Pirate Life to 3rd.

The other big mover has been Modus Operandi who rose from 6 th in 2017 to 2nd this year.

Full list below

Brewery % Total votes
Balter Brewing 8.3% 1,410
Modus Operandi Brewing Company 4.5% 766
Pirate Life 4.2% 708
Stone and Wood 3.9% 669
Bridge Road Brewers 3.2% 546
Bentspoke Brewing Co 2.8% 483
Little Creatures Brewing 2.8% 471
Feral Brewing Company 2.6% 448
4 Pines Brewing Company 2.3% 389
Black Hops Brewing 1.9% 317
Hop Nation Brewing Co 1.8% 306
Akasha Brewing Company 1.8% 303
Green Beacon Brewing Company 1.7% 284
Young Henrys 1.6% 279
Batch Brewing Company 1.5% 251
Coopers 1.4% 230
Boatrocker Brewers & Distillers 1.3% 226
Big Shed Brewing Concern 1.3% 217
Kaiju! Beer 1.3% 217
Two Birds Brewing 1.2% 197
Colonial Brewing Co 1.1% 194
James Squire 1.1% 194
Moon Dog Brewing Co 1.1% 188
Dainton Family Brewery 1.0% 177
Prancing Pony Brewery 1.0% 164
Mountain Goat Beer 0.9% 155
Hawkers Beer 0.9% 152
La Sirene Brewing 0.9% 148
Bacchus Brewing Company 0.8% 144
Murrays Craft Brewing Co 0.8% 133
Mornington Peninsular Brewery 0.8% 129
Rocky Ridge Brewing Co 0.7% 127
Gage Roads Brewing Co 0.7% 121
Wildflower Brewing & Blending 0.7% 121
Little Bang Brewing Company 0.7% 120
3 Ravens 0.7% 118
Stomping Ground Brewing Co 0.7% 118
Wayward Brewing Co 0.7% 114
Burleigh Brewing Company 0.6% 110
Nail Brewing Australia 0.6% 106
Stockade Brew Co 0.6% 96
Sailors Grave Brewing 0.6% 95
Holgate Brewhouse 0.6% 94
White Rabbit 0.5% 83
Thirsty Crow Brewing Co 0.5% 81
Six String Brewing Co 0.5% 80
Bad Shepherd Brewing 0.5% 77
2 Brothers Brewery 0.4% 76
Capital Brewing Co 0.4% 75
Bright Brewery 0.4% 73
Newstead Brewing Company 0.4% 73
Ballistic Beer Co 0.4% 70
Fat Yak / Yak Ales 0.4% 69
Semi-Pro Brewing Co 0.4% 68
Fixation Brewing Co 0.4% 67
Grifter Brewing Company 0.4% 66
Sauce Brewing Co 0.4% 66
Philter Brewing 0.4% 65
Blackman’s Brewery 0.4% 64
Lord Nelson Brewery 0.4% 64
Moo Brew 0.3% 59
CoConspirators Brewing 0.3% 58
Mismatch Brewing Company 0.3% 56
10 Toes Brewery 0.3% 52
Two Metre Tall Company 0.3% 52
Matilda Bay 0.3% 51
Willie The Boatman 0.3% 51
Mr Banks Brewing Co 0.3% 50
BlackFont Brewhouse 0.3% 49
Furphy 0.3% 47
Red Duck Brewery 0.3% 47
Brouhaha Brewery 0.3% 46
Shambles Brewery 0.3% 45
Ekim Brewing Company 0.3% 43
Byron Bay Brewing Co 0.2% 40
Hemingway’s Brewery 0.2% 40
Land & Sea (Noosa Beer Company) 0.2% 38
Lobethal Bierhaus 0.2% 38
Otherside Brewing Co 0.2% 38
Riverside Brewing Company (NSW) 0.2% 38
Wheaty Brewing Corps 0.2% 38
Black Dog Brewery 0.2% 37
Brick Lane Brewing Co 0.2% 37
Cricketer's Arms 0.2% 37
Foghorn Brewhouse 0.2% 37
Nomad Brewing Company 0.2% 36
Eagle Bay Brewing Co 0.2% 35
Fortitude Brewing Company 0.2% 35
The Beer Farm 0.2% 35
Goodieson Brewery 0.2% 34
New England Brewing Co. 0.2% 33
All Inn Brewing Co 0.2% 32
Tumut River Brewing Company 0.2% 32
Aether Brewing 0.2% 31
Barossa Valley Brewing 0.2% 31
Cheeky Monkey Brewery & Cidery 0.2% 31
Fox Hat Brewing 0.2% 31
Otway Brewing (Prickly Moses) 0.2% 31
Woolshed Brewery 0.2% 31
Boston Brewing Co 0.2% 28
Five Barrel Brewing 0.2% 28
Last Rites Brewing Co 0.2% 28
Wolf of the Willows 0.2% 28
Hargreaves Hill Brewing Co 0.2% 27
Yulli’s Brews 0.2% 26
Bucket Boys Craft Beer Co 0.1% 25
Hope Brewhouse 0.1% 25
Smiling Samoyed Brewery 0.1% 25
Revel Brewing Co 0.1% 24
Beer Garden Brewing 0.1% 23
Grand Ridge Brewery 0.1% 23
Pioneer Brewing Co 0.1% 23
White Lakes Brewing 0.1% 23
Endeavour Beer 0.1% 22
Slipstream Brewing Co 0.1% 22
Exit Brewing 0.1% 21
Hobart Brewing Company 0.1% 21
Bruny Island Beer Co 0.1% 20
Little Rivers Brewing Co 0.1% 20
Lost Palms Brewing Co 0.1% 20
Pikes Beer Company Pty Ltd 0.1% 20
Black Brewing Co 0.1% 19
Matso’s Broome Brewery 0.1% 19
Red Hill Brewery 0.1% 19
Rocks Brewing Co 0.1% 19
Shifty Lizard Brewing Co 0.1% 19
Wilson Brewing Company 0.1% 19
Yak Ales / Fat Yak 0.1% 19
4 Brothers Brewing 0.1% 18
4 Hearts Brewing Company 0.1% 18
Bootleg Brewery 0.1% 18
Kosciuszko Brewing Company 0.1% 18
Odyssey Tavern and Brewery 0.1% 18
Bandicoot Brewing 0.1% 17
Ocean Reach Brewing 0.1% 17
Seven Sheds Brewery 0.1% 17
Artisan Brewing Pty Ltd 0.1% 16
Captain Blighs 0.1% 16
Ocho Beer 0.1% 16
Black Duck Brewery 0.1% 15
Cavalier Brewing 0.1% 15
Clare Valley Brewing Co 0.1% 15
Eden Brewery 0.1% 15
Hairyman Brewery 0.1% 15
Hub Brewing 0.1% 15
Vale Brewing (Mclaren Vale Beer) 0.1% 15
Athletic Club Brewery 0.1% 14
Brew Boys Brewery 0.1% 14
Brewhouse Margaret River 0.1% 14
Cascade Brewery 0.1% 14
Doctor’s Orders Brewing 0.1% 14
Fury & Son Brewing Company 0.1% 14
Quiet Deeds 0.1% 14
Shark Island Brewing Company 0.1% 14
Sweet Amber Brew Café 0.1% 14
Westside Ale Works 0.1% 14
Blizzard Brewing Co 0.1% 13
Forrest Brewing Co 0.1% 13
Hawthorn Brewing Co 0.1% 13
Illawarra Brewing Company 0.1% 13
Redoak Boutique Beer Café 0.1% 13
Two Heads Brewing 0.1% 13
Yenda 0.1% 13
Your Mates Brewing Co 0.1% 13
Bush Shack Brewery 0.1% 12
Edge Brewing Project 0.1% 12
Old Wives Ales 0.1% 12
Red Bluff Brewers 0.1% 12
Shenanigans Brewing 0.1% 12
3 Pub Circus 0.1% 11
Balmain Brewing Company 0.1% 11
Coldstream Brewery 0.1% 11
Helios Brewing Company 0.1% 11
St Andrews Beach Brewery 0.1% 11
Watts River Brewing 0.1% 11
Billabong Brewing 0.1% 10
Brendale Brewing Co 0.1% 10
Hunter Beer Co 0.1% 10
Little Brewing Company (Wicked Elf) 0.1% 10
Robe Town Brewery 0.1% 10
Rogue Wave Brewing Company 0.1% 10
T-Bone Brewing Company 0.1% 10
Tallboy and Moose 0.1% 10
White Brick Brewing 0.1% 10
White Lies Brewing Company 0.1% 10
Badlands Brewery 0.1% 9
Block’n Tackle Brewery 0.1% 9
Bucket Brewery 0.1% 9
Buckley’s Brewery 0.1% 9
Burnley Brewing 0.1% 9
Deepwater Brewing Co 0.1% 9
Hawkes Brewing Co 0.1% 9
Hopdog Beerworks 0.1% 9
Malt Shed Brewery 0.1% 9
Pact Brewing 0.1% 9
Thunder Road Brewing Company 0.1% 9
7 Cent Brewery 0.0% 8
Bargara Brewing Company 0.0% 8
Currumbin Valley Brewing 0.0% 8
Dad & Dave’s Brewing 0.0% 8
King River Brewing 0.0% 8
Left Barrel Brewing 0.0% 8
Mash Brewing 0.0% 8
Northbridge Brewing Company 0.0% 8
Sample Brew 0.0% 8
Southern Highlands Brewing Co 0.0% 8
Swell Brewing Co 0.0% 8
The Australian Brewery 0.0% 8
The Coastal Brewing Company 0.0% 8
The Public Brewery 0.0% 8
Townsville Brewing Company 0.0% 8
Western Ridge Brewing 0.0% 8
All Grain Brewing 0.0% 7
Basement Brewhouse (Bankstown Sports Club) 0.0% 7
Beaten Track Brewery 0.0% 7
Bells Beach Brewing Co 0.0% 7
Bodriggy Brewing Company 0.0% 7
Brewtal Brewers 0.0% 7
Brisbane Brewing Company 0.0% 7
Grainfed Brewing Company 0.0% 7
Lady Burra Brewhouse 0.0% 7
Macalister Brewing Company 0.0% 7
Pickled Pig Brewery 0.0% 7
Southern Bay Brewing Co 0.0% 7
Temple Brewery 0.0% 7
Aardvark & Arrow Microbrewery 0.0% 6
Barrow Boys Brewing Co 0.0% 6
Beard & Brau 0.0% 6
Bonehead Brewing 0.0% 6
Brewmanity Beer Co 0.0% 6
Bullant Brewery 0.0% 6
Devils Brewery 0.0% 6
Dollar Bill Brewing 0.0% 6
Fox Friday Brewery 0.0% 6
Frenchies Bistro and Brewery 0.0% 6
Henry Street Brewhouse 0.0% 6
Jindabyne Brewing Company 0.0% 6
Morrison Brewery 0.0% 6
Nowhereman Brewing Company 0.0% 6
Staves Brewery 0.0% 6
Sunshine Brewery 0.0% 6
That Little Brewery 0.0% 6
Van Dieman Brewing 0.0% 6
Wig & Pen Tavern & Brewery 0.0% 6
40 Acres Brewing 0.0% 5
All Hands Brewing House 0.0% 5
Barrier Reef Brewing Co 0.0% 5
Brass Monkey Brewhouse 0.0% 5
Brewditos 0.0% 5
Casey’s Beer 0.0% 5
Cockies Beer (Barrabool Hills Brewing Company) 0.0% 5
Eumundi Brewing Company 0.0% 5
Grumpy’s Brewhaus 0.0% 5
Himmel Hund 0.0% 5
Innate Brewers 0.0% 5
Jetty Road Brewery 0.0% 5
John Boston 0.0% 5
Kooinda Brewery 0.0% 5
Lovedale Brewery 0.0% 5
Mildura Brewery 0.0% 5
Moffat Beach Brewing Company 0.0% 5
MooreBeer Brewing 0.0% 5
Steamrail 0.0% 5
Sydney Brewery 0.0% 5
Tooborac Hotel and Brewery 0.0% 5
Albatross Brewing Co 0.0% 4
Bells Brewing (Geelong) 0.0% 4
Bickley Valley Brewery 0.0% 4
Bonsai Brewhouse 0.0% 4
Bounty Hunter Brewing 0.0% 4
Bright Tank Brewing 0.0% 4
Buttons Brewing 0.0% 4
Castlemaine Brewing Co 0.0% 4
Central Coast Brewery 0.0% 4
Clifton Hill Brewpub 0.0% 4
Dusty Miner Craft Brewery 0.0% 4
Froth Craft 0.0% 4
Hickinbotham Brewery 0.0% 4
Honey Rider Bar 0.0% 4
Indian Ocean Brewing Company 0.0% 4
Ironbark Brewery (WA) 0.0% 4
Kick Snare Brewing 0.0% 4
Margaret River Ale Company 0.0% 4
Mephisto Brewing Co 0.0% 4
Mudgee Brewing Co 0.0% 4
Napoleone Brewers 0.0% 4
One Mile Brewery 0.0% 4
Sail & Anchor 0.0% 4
Six Tanks Brewing Co 0.0% 4
Sparkke 0.0% 4
StoneAge Brewing 0.0% 4
True Brew 0.0% 4
Venom 0.0% 4
Watsacowie Brewing Co 0.0% 4
Whalebone Brewing Co 0.0% 4
115 Grill & Brewhouse 0.0% 3
Archer Brewing Company 0.0% 3
Bellarine Brewing Co 0.0% 3
Bellingen Brewery & Co 0.0% 3
Broo 0.0% 3
Brookes Beer 0.0% 3
Cheeky Peak Brewery 0.0% 3
Cowaramup Brewing 0.0% 3
Cubby Haus Brewing 0.0% 3
Cupitt Craft Ales 0.0% 3
Doss Blockos 0.0% 3
Flat Rock Brew Café 0.0% 3
Granite Belt Brewery 0.0% 3
Green Ant Brewing Co 0.0% 3
Gulf Brewery 0.0% 3
Happy Goblin 0.0% 3
Homestead Brewery 0.0% 3
Iron House Brewery 0.0% 3
IronBark Hill Brewhouse (NSW) 0.0% 3
Killer Sprocket 0.0% 3
Knappstein Brewery 0.0% 3
Lorry Boys 0.0% 3
Lucky Bay Brewing 0.0% 3
Ministry of Beer 0.0% 3
Mitta Mitta Brewing 0.0% 3
Pixel Brewing Co 0.0% 3
Port Dock Brewery 0.0% 3
Rehn BierRehn 0.0% 3
Sunday Road Brewing Co 0.0% 3
Sweetwater Brewing Company 0.0% 3
The Mill Brewery 0.0% 3
The Winston Alehouse & Eatery 0.0% 3
Valhalla Brewing 0.0% 3
Baffle Beer Brewery 0.0% 2
Barellan Beer Company 0.0% 2
Beach Hut Brewery 0.0% 2
Blackwood Valley Brewing Company 0.0% 2
Brewhouse 69 0.0% 2
Bulli Brewing 0.0% 2
Camel Rock Brewery 0.0% 2
Coburg Brewing Co 0.0% 2
Denmark Brew & Ales 0.0% 2
Ekhidna Maclaren Vale 0.0% 2
Elmer’s in the Valley Brewery 0.0% 2
Fritzenberger Frites and Burger Brew Pub 0.0% 2
Gibbs Brewing Company 0.0% 2
Greenock Brewers 0.0% 2
Harajuku Gyoza Beer Stadium 0.0% 2
Hops and Tales Brewery 0.0% 2
Hopscotch Melbourne 0.0% 2
Kangaroo Island Brewery 0.0% 2
Katoomba Brewing Co 0.0% 2
Merchant Brewing Company 0.0% 2
Noisy Minor Brewing Company 0.0% 2
O'Brien Beer (Rebellion Brewing) 0.0% 2
Occy’s Brewery 0.0% 2
Scenic Rim Brewery 0.0% 2
Social Bandit Brewing Co 0.0% 2
Sow and Piglets 0.0% 2
The Foreigner Brewing Co 0.0% 2
Thorny Devil 0.0% 2
Three Rivers Brewing Company 0.0% 2
Urban Alley Brewery 0.0% 2
Whitfords Brewing Co 0.0% 2
Yellingbo Brewing Company 0.0% 2
1859 Central Ranges Brewing Co 0.0% 1
Albany Brewing Company 0.0% 1
Band of Brewers 0.0% 1
Beer Creative 0.0% 1
Blue Mile Brewery 0.0% 1
Borenore Brewhouse 0.0% 1
Buffalo Brewery 0.0% 1
Burnt Barrel 0.0% 1
Byramine Homestead & Brewery 0.0% 1
Caltoria Brewing Company 0.0% 1
Cape Bouvard Brewery 0.0% 1
Carlisle Street Brewing Co 0.0% 1
Castle Glen Brewery 0.0% 1
Catcher & Co Distillery and Microbrewery 0.0% 1
Catchment Brewing Co 0.0% 1
Church Hill Brewery 0.0% 1
Club Brewing Co 0.0% 1
Collins Street Brewing 0.0% 1
Copperhead Restaurant and Brewery 0.0% 1
Coral Sea Brewing Co 0.0% 1
Cornella Real Brewery 0.0% 1
Croft Brewing Company 0.0% 1
Croydon Brewery 0.0% 1
Dalgety Brewing Company 0.0% 1
Daylesford Brewing Company 0.0% 1
Dennis Beer Company 0.0% 1
East Sydney Brewing Company 0.0% 1
Fish River Valley Brewing 0.0% 1
Harcourt Valley Brewery 0.0% 1
Hard Yards Brewing Co 0.0% 1
Hobo Brewing 0.0% 1
Hop Trial Beer Co 0.0% 1
Hopsters Cooperative Brewery 0.0% 1
Little Alchemist Brewing Co 0.0% 1
Loch Brewery and Distillery 0.0% 1
Longstocking Brewery 0.0% 1
MacLeod Brewing Company 0.0% 1
Mansfield Brewing Co 0.0% 1
Meechi Brewing Company 0.0% 1
Moody Cow Brewing 0.0% 1
Morpeth Brewery & Beer Co 0.0% 1
Phillip Island Brewing Company 0.0% 1
Red Dragon Brewery 0.0% 1
Riverside Brewhouse (WA) 0.0% 1
Rutherglen Brewery 0.0% 1
Shipstern Beer Australia 0.0% 1
South Fremantle Brewing 0.0% 1
Steam Exchange Brewery 0.0% 1
Sunshine Coast Brewery 0.0% 1
The Flying Horse Bar & Brewery 0.0% 1
The Lake Brewhouse 0.0% 1
The Suburban Brew 0.0% 1
Top Shed 0.0% 1
True South 0.0% 1
Two Pot Brewing Co 0.0% 1
Uncle Joe’s Brew 0.0% 1
Wanderer Brew Co 0.0% 1
Wignall Brewery 0.0% 1
Wild Rocket Microbrewery 0.0% 1
Wilde Beer 0.0% 1
Wrong Side Brewing 0.0% 1
Zierholz Premium Brewery 0.0% 1
Zig Zag Brewery 0.0% 1

To see the full results of the 2018 Australian Craft Beer Survey click here.



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