Craft Beer Retailers in Australia

On this page we have complied a list of Craft Beer Retailers in Australia.

Craft Beer Retailers in Australia

Slowbeer

Slowbeer is their take on the slowfood movement that started in Italy. It emphasizes regional character, quality ingredients & above all appreciation of the experience, in essence the opposite to fast food. With this in mind it seemed apt that they choose slowbeer as a means of conveying similar attributes of the now global craft beer revolution.

Having opened in September 2009, Slowbeer is the country’s first, 100% dedicated craft beer store. Their focus their range on local microbreweries & more obscure imports from cult breweries around the world. Their exciting & ever growing bottled range has surpassed 1,000 different beers across many styles & countries.

In addition to their bottled range, they aim to further support the local craft beer industry & encourage the consumption of brewery fresh beer by offering takeaway draught beer growler fills. This initiative is another first for arguably Australia’s leading craft beer retailer!

Purvis Beer

The “Purvis Beer” retail store opened its doors in September 2010. Situated in the middle of the craft beer region of Richmond Melbourne. The aim was to establish a beer and cider only outlet that offered a massive range of imported and local craft beers. Their goal was just that:” produce the biggest range of beer for their customers to choose from. “They were not going to be happy until their customers went dizzy with amazement, drool at the mouth, and gasp with delight. Come and visit and tell them if they have succeeded. The store has a casual but smart appearance making it an enjoyable atmosphere to browse and shop. They offer beer to the general beer drinker,who’s looking to expand his beer knowledge, and the beer enthusiast.

They attempt to smell, and taste every beer they sell so they can inform their customers all there is to know about this special beverage.(someone has to do it.) They have been selling beer for over ten years at their original outlet in Surrey Hills Melbourne. Over those years they have become one of the largest imported and craft beer retailers in Australia, but more importantly they have learnt almost all there is to know about beer: almost. With some of the brewers pushing the boundaries in beer making there is always something new to learn.

Bottle-O

The Bottle-O is a true independent Australian bottle-shop with a mission to make you feel welcome every time you step through their doors.

As part of their brand promise The Bottle-O is committed to delivering you their local customer genuine value with every purchase.

They pride themselves on supporting the local community from local sponsorships to simply just knowing the right product for every person.

The Bottle-O has over 200 outlets nationwide and is continually growing. The brand has a continual presence nationally through the naming rights partnership with Rod Nash Racing (RNR) of The Bottle-O Racing #55 FPR Falcon in the V8 Supercar Championship.

At The Bottle-O the store owners are Real Locals, providing you Real Value!

Barny’s Fine Wines & Ales

Barny’s Fine Wines & Ales is a leading liquor store in Australia stocking back vintages of fine wines and one of the most impressive craft beer portfolios in the country, currently surpassing 1000 beers.

Voted 2nd Best Craft Beer Liquor Store in Australia for 2013 by Beer & Brewer Magazine.

With an impressive range of wines in store including back vintages of your favourites, Barny’s Fine Wines & Ales can cater for your every requirement. All wines in store have been hand picked by our wine expert Shawn who has more than 20 years experience in the industry. Shawn is happy to provide advice on Food and Wine Pairing plus any other questions you may have.

The International Beer Shop

The International Beer Shop is Australia’s premier beer store, ranging over 900 quality beers at any one time. They are dedicated to sourcing and stocking the very best premium beers from the world’s finest craft breweries and pride themselves on presenting the beer in the best condition possible to their customers.

They have literally dozens of new arrivals every week so there’s always something new and interesting to try. High stock turnover and minimal stock holdings means everything on their shelves is as fresh as it can possibly be.

The staff is incredibly passionate about beer and love helping their customers find their new favourite drop, or just having a chat about beer.

Awarded Best Bottle Shop in Australia at the inaugural Beer & Brewer Magazine “Best Beer Venue Competition 2010”.

Beer Cartel

At Beer Cartel there is simply too little time to waste on poor beer – their founding philosophy is to put good beer in the hands of consumers, allowing people to enjoy quality craft beer sourced from across the world.

Located 15 minutes north of Sydney’s CBD, the Beer Cartel bottle shop is home to 1,000+ craft beers from Australia and overseas. It offers both growler and squealer fills of constantly changing tap beer as well as a tasting room for various craft beer events.

The Oak Barrel

The Oak Barrel is one of Australia’s oldest bottle shops. Since being founded in 1956, the Oak Barrel has prided itself on exceeding customer expectations through providing an amazing range of boutique and hard to find wine, craft beer and spirits, superior information, as well as excellence in customer service.

One of the most appealing qualities of independent bottle shops is their access to the finest range of boutique and natural (organic) wines, malt whiskies, craft beers and ciders that are not available in larger shops. This unique offering and the staff’s ability to recognize incredible wines, whiskies, spirits and beers is what makes the Oak Barrel one of Australia’s premier stores.

Mane Liquor

Mane Liquor is A store dedicated to bringing you the freshest craft beer from around the world with a fine selection of wine and spirits.

An independantly run craft beer store located at 237 Great eastern Highway, Belmont. WA. They stock over 1000 different beers. Come visit !

Cellarbrations

Cellarbrations at Carlisle has been run by the O’Brien family for 25 years. After becoming synonymous for procuring fine wines, we have now branched out to become one of the leading boutique and international beer stores not only in WA, but in Australia.

Cellarbrations at Carlisle prides itself on finding and stocking the best available beers, wines, spirits and ciders from around the globe.

Freo Doctor Liquor Store

The Freo Doctor Liquor Store is the oldest bottle shop in Fremantle. Situated just south of the city centre they specialize in serving the widest selection of foreign beers and ciders plus a massive array of white, red and sparkling wines from Australia and abroad. If you’re in the neighbourhood pop in and meet The Freo Doctor!

Grape & Grain Liquor Cellars

Three guys who met while working in a wine store and one night, over a few beers at a Port Melbourne hotel, came to a conclusion. All long time industry people, they decided to create a store with a difference. Yes, you want knowledge, a great product range, service and a competitive price, but do you really want the attitude. This is a FUN industry and is what they have achieved at Grape and Grain Liquor Cellars. Buying and enjoying a bottle or two should be a pleasant experience.

Swords Select South Melbourne

Swords Select is an environmentally-minded group of stores, specializing in cleanskin wines in returnable bottles. They also stock one of the best ranges of micro brewed beers in the state, and a great selection of boutique and hard-to-find wines. Their cider selection is also currently fabulous and ever-expanding!

Far Side Beers

Far Side Beer is more than just a bottle shop. They stock only exceptional beer, produced by independent craft brewers. As their name suggests their beer is sourced from the far sides of the world and from the far sides of the style and flavour wheel. Yes, they do know that there are no sides to a wheel but hey, that’s the way they roll!

They are proud to support the local producers in addition to their favourites from around the world. Located in Camberwell a cool suburb in Melbourne with loads of shops and great markets they want to add a different flavour to the area.

Plonk Beer Store

Plonk Beer and Wine Store is located inside the Fyshwick Markets, Fyshwick ACT.

They stock over 1300 beers from craft breweries throughout Australia and more than 60 countries around the world along with beer merchandise including beer glassware, books and gift accessories.

Warners at the Bay

Warners at the Bay Bottle Shop, was named the Best Craft Beer store in New South Wales in 2010 and went one better by being named the Best Craft Beer store in Australia for 2011 by Beer & Brewer Magazine.

The store boasts over 1000 beers from over 40 countries, more than 100 Ciders and a comprehensive range of wines from all of Australia’s best grape growing regions. We believe that we have the most knowledgeable and courteous staff in the industry with a passion for craft beer.

 

Australian Brewery – National Pride and Canned Craft Beer

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Australia Trade Tasting Profiles Craft Beer exhibitor Australian Brewery.

Founded in 2010, Australian Brewery is a state of the art facility full of clean, sleek stainless steal.  The brew room is quite impressive and makes you wonder if it was built to reflect their dedication to canning, a signature characteristic of Australian Brewery.

Australian quickly gained market traction as their line-up of unique canned beers won multiple awards and their dedication to building a fan base of die-hard consumers won them support around the country. From it’s canning line to it’s front office, the brewery is purpose built to produce some of Australia’s choice beers and ciders.

We had the chance to talk with Australian Brewery owner Marcello Colisimo on the rapid rise of Australian Brewery and his plans for it’s future.

Why is it that Australian Brewery strictly cans their beer and cider line-up?

It was an easy decision really, as a craft Brewer you are always
looking for the ways to ensure your beer remains as fresh as possible
for as long as possible. I mean in an ideal world everybody would be
drinking straight from our tanks, but after extensive research the next
best option was to package in cans. Zero light (preventing UV light
breaking down the delicate flavours.) Less oxygen pickup during
packaging than bottles and no oxygen leaks once inside (unlike bottles.)
Not applicable to taste but important to us as a company is the
environmental benefit, cans are lighter so leave a smaller carbon
footprint and have a higher recycling rate than bottles. So all-in-all,
cans were an easy choice for protecting our award winning beers.

Tell us more about the Canbassador competition, what was the overall response from your audience?  It looks like you guys really boosted your brand recognition with the program.

Canbassador for us was about educating consumers on the benefits of
cans and connecting to a key target demographic of a young, creative,
socially engaged craft beer drinker. In a cluttered Australian craft
beer market it had an overwhelming response, converting casual drinkers
into passionate supporters of our beers and brand.

Australian Brewery takes part in a lot of local and national events.  What message do you guys try and get out into the world when you are exhibiting?

Part of being a micro – craft brewery is about getting in consumers
faces and having them taste our beers. We have one of the highest medal
rates of any brewery in the country with champions trophies, and many
best in class awards; including two this year for our Pale Ale (Best in
class Australian Pale Ale CBIA / AIBA.) So we know customers will love
it, we just need to let them taste it. And the easiest way of getting in
front of a lot of people at once is trade shows and exhibitions. It also
helps that consumers at these events are already engaged.

You also spend a lot of time doing tasting at retail accounts – what do you find works best building support in your distribution channels?

As a small producer we don’t have the ability to provide rebates to
lock in stockists and tap share like the big multi nationals. So we have
to get pretty creative with our accounts. Tastings are very important
and we run them weekly, but we also offer staff incentives etc. However
what works best, and what we love to do the most is to bring the venues
staff out to the Brewery for lunch, a brewery tour and of course beers
with our head brewer. This gives the staff the confidence to sell our
products. In our experience if the staff love it, they will pass that on
to consumers.

How are you planning on taking advantage of your presence at Australia Trade Tasting?

We have begun exporting our beers to Japan with quite a lot of success.

The next stage of our distribution is to take this further with an eye
to meet distributors for other Asian countries and America. We are also
looking to boost our national distribution in Australia. AuTT looks to
be a great place to connect with a variety of industry leaders in the
distribution game.

Australian Brewery has built a successful national brand over the course of a few years. As they continue to grow and build markets around the world, they will be spreading their passion for their namesake country.  They’ve put themselves in an exciting position to represent both Australia and craft beer together and are poised to be a bright spot in the industry for decades to come.

AuTT_Banner_Wine_MagAre you a beer distributor looking to source new and innovative Australian craft beers? Get Involved at Australia Trade Tasting.