Independent craft brewing is emerging as a vibrant and dynamic sector. It’s growing quickly too, with significant potential to expand locally, nationally and internationally. Queensland’s craft brewers are perfectly positioned to capitalise on the strong reputation of their products, which are already recognised for their brewing techniques and use of artisanal ingredients.
The Queensland Craft Brewing Strategy ( 3.72 MB) is a first for Australia, created to support the sector’s rapid expansion. Released in November 2018, the strategy focuses on three priorities:
- Priority 1: Investing in people and infrastructure
- Priority 2: Improving access to markets
- Priority 3: Appropriate regulation and planning
These support the independent craft brewing industry to develop its capability and capacity, access new markets and increase its economic contribution.
While many positive benefits exist from promoting and supporting the craft brewing sector, the government will work with industry to ensure the responsible consumption of alcohol.
The Queensland Craft Brewing Strategy is another way we’re invested in manufacturing, an industry that significantly contributes to our state’s growing economy. Through this industry, we’re creating direct and indirect jobs, attracting private sector investment and facilitating innovation.
Proposed craft brewing amendments
Have your say on drafted proposed amendments to the Liquor Act 1992 - creating a new licence category ‘Commercial other – craft beer producer’ to streamline the liquor licensing application process for independent craft brewers.
Supporting the industry through planning schemes
The department has prepared a fact sheet ( 51 KB), to ensure local governments can play an effective role in supporting the growth of the industry by incorporating the unique requirements of craft brewers into planning schemes.
One of the actions from the strategy is the establishment of a BrewLab to help drive quality and innovation in the industry. The Queensland BrewLab is the first of its kind in Australia.
Craft brewing training
In 2020, the BrewLab will be a functional training site for the Certificate III in Food Processing (Brewing). Delivered through TAFE Queensland, the course will give new or experienced brewers technical and practical understanding of the brewing process.
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