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Micro-breweries and craft beer are currently experiencing a huge boom in both Australia and New Zealand, with dozens of well-respected small scale establishments springing up in the past few years.

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More than 30 nations across the globe are also jumping on the small batch, high quality bandwagon that was started in the 1970’s in the U.K by Bill Urquhart.

The USA, Germany, United Kingdom, China, Belgium, and Japan have burgeoning craft beer scenes, with flavour now triumphant over volume.  Craft beer and microbreweries were cited in New Zealand as the reason for a 15 million litre drop in alcohol sales, with a poll indicating a preference for premium craft beers (often with a higher alcohol content) over their mass produced rivals.

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The focus with these small batch breweries is primarily on achieving the best tasting beer by utilising the highest quality natural ingredients combined with slower traditional methods of fermentation. The additional brewing costs almost become irrelevant, as these small players are not bogged down with the big brewer associated costs of advertising, marketing, and shareholder profit.

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When many of these small micro-breweries put their beers up against the world’s best known drops, then the judges’ results speak for themselves. If you’re yet to attend a festival where craft beers are prevalent then do yourself a favour and see what all the fuss is about. Just google craft beer festivals and you can be sure that an event is not far away in time, and hopefully close to your abode.

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Unfortunately many of Australia’s micro-breweries are now part or fully owned by foreign companies.

The following micro-brewers are 100% Australian owned, with no influence or control by any major industry player.

Bridge Road Brewers ( Beechworth – Victoria )  http://bridgeroadbrewers.com.au

Burleigh Brewing Company ( Burleigh Heads –  Queensland )  http://burleighbrewing.com.au

4 Pines Brewing ( Manly –  NSW )  http://4pinesbeer.com.au

Mountain Goat Beer ( Richmond – Victoria )  http://www.goatbeer.com.au

Moo Brew ( Bridgewater – Tasmania )  http://moobrew.com.au

Murray Brewing Company ( Bobs Farm – NSW)  http://murraysbrewingco.com.au

Newstead Brewing Company ( Newstead – Queensland ) http://newsteadbrewing.com.au

Stone and Wood Brewing Company ( Byron Bay – NSW )  http://www.stoneandwood.com.au

Unfortunately most micro-breweries have been swallowed up by conglomerates in their ever increasing attempts to control sales at every pub, club, and bottle shop in Australia. The remaining small breweries who refuse to sell, also help keep the major players honest. Foreign owned companies now account for over 90% of all beer sales in Australia.

Do yourself a favour, visit their websites and check out their details. Be sure to drop in for a tasting next time you’re in the vicinity of these fantastic micro-brewers.

Luckily, I once lived a few doors up from 4 Pines Brewery in Manly, NSW. They have an awesome day in store for you should you decide on an excursion with the aide of a Manly ferry the next time you  visit Sydney. You will find them directly opposite Manly Wharf.

I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!

Murrays

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