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1. Byron Bay Brewery, NSW
Surrounded by lush palm trees just outside of the trendy beach village of Byron Bay, this brewery has been running for more than a decade and specialises in crisp craft lagers perfect for the sunny climate.
2. Brouhaha Brewery, QLD
This Sunshine Coast brew bar only opened 12 months ago, but in that time they’ve created almost 40 different beers. Yoghurt from the nearby Maleny Dairy is added to make sours and fresh produce like raspberries and mango goes into tasty fruit beers.
3. Wayward Brewing Co, NSW
Tucked down a laneway in Sydney’s inner west, Wayward uses only natural ingredients in their beer so it’s preservative free, unfiltered and unpasteurised. The dimly lit Cellar Bar is stocked with comfy couches and groovy 70s furniture, and there are 12 beers on tap from Wayward and other craft breweries.
4. Two Birds Brewery, VIC
The name is actually a clever pun – the brewery is run by two women, a rarity in the male-dominated beer industry. You’ll sit right in the brewery for tastings, so you can see the process start to finish.
5. Prancing Pony, SA
The India Red Ale from this Adelaide Hills brewery was named the world’s best beer at the International Beer Challenge in London in 2016. You can sample it (or one of their other award-winning drops) in the atmospheric Brewshed bar or outside in the beer garden.
6. Matso’s Broome Brewery, WA
They do things a little differently up here in the Kimberley, so you can grab one of Matso’s unique ginger and mango, lychee or chilli beers. The brewery and café is in an old bank building dating back to 1910 and the menu has an Asian twist in keeping with Broome’s rich history of immigration.
7. Moo Brew, TAS
Part of the MONA complex just outside of Hobart, Moo Brew makes five core beers as well as a few seasonal specials. If you want a tour, the actual brewing is carried out at a second site in Bridgewater, 10 minutes away, or you can stay in the bar and sample the range.
8. Six Tanks Brewing Co, NT
Right in the centre of Darwin, Six Tanks was the Northern Territory’s first craft beer brew pub and opened in 2016. There’s a large breezy bar that’s usually packed with locals and tourists alike, and live music on the weekends.
9. Zierholz, ACT
The only commercial-scale microbrewery in the ACT, Zierholz prides itself on making fresh, flavourful German-style beer with a special Canberra twist. The restaurant also has lots of German favourites, so you can match your beer with a kransky, schnitzel or goulash.
10. Steam Exchange, SA
Set in the historic wharf precinct of the Murray River town of Goolwa, Steam Exchange makes preservative-free beer with crisp, bold flavours. The team have recently branched out and now make gin and whiskey, making it Australia’s first brewery with an onsite distillery.
What’s your favourite Aussie beer?