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Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by drtth, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,219) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Thought some would be interested in reading about this Survey conducted in Australia. There are some very interesting similarities in the choices beer drinkers are making in Australia and the US.

    For example, in both countries, Independent ownership seems to make a big difference to many who purchase beer. This definitely raises the possibility that some of the things we see happening in the US are also happing in other international locations.

    "The 2017 Australian Craft Beer Survey by Beer Cartel is the largest, publicly available, study of Australian craft beer drinking trends. It follows on from the 2016 version of the same study.

    This year's survey received widespread support across the industry. In total over 17,000 craft beer drinkers took part.

    Craft beer is the only segment of the Australian beer market which is in continuous growth, with overall consumption of beer in decline. The data that follows provides an extremely accurate birds-eye view of this young and exciting industry.

    ....

    Key findings from the research include:

    - Brewery ownership is important: 64% want to know who owns the beer they’re drinking.

    - There is a strong preference for craft beer from independently owned Australian breweries: 99% are happy to buy craft beer from an independent Australian owned brewery. In comparison just 23% are happy to buy craft beer from a large multi-national company and 32% from super market owned brands.

    - There is strong interest for a seal to identify whether a beer is from an independent Australian brewery: 82% indicated that an independent brewers seal would have a medium to large impact on the craft beer that they purchase.

    - Pirate Life is Australia’s best craft brewery: voted number one by Australian craft beer drinkers, ahead of Feral Brewing which took out the top position in last year’s study.

    - Pale Ale reigns as Australia's most consumed craft beer style: Pale Ale is enjoyed by 92% of craft beer drinkers Australia-wide."


    Further details are available here:

    http://www.beercartel.com.au/blog/2017-australian-craft-beer-survey-results/
     
    #1 drtth, Sep 3, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2017
  2. aussiebeer

    aussiebeer Devotee (427) Oct 23, 2013 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Good to see my fellow Aussies are making good decisions, staying away from "Tooheys, VB, 4X and a little cascade" (Big points for finding out that quote)
     
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  3. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,219) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Is Cooper's considered craft?
     
  4. aussiebeer

    aussiebeer Devotee (427) Oct 23, 2013 Illinois
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    In Australia? I don't think so, It's probably too large to be considered craft. But It's the only Australian beer that I can get in Chicago on a regular basis.
     
  5. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,287) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Current barrelage of not quite 700k bbl/yr according to this article about their new malthouse:
    So, well-within the "small" criteria ( "under 6m bbl" ) used in the US, anyway.
     
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  6. rgordon

    rgordon Crusader (732) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I spent a few weeks in Australia in 1999. I kinda told my friends there then that Gore would be president. Anyway, I was scouting around through the huge expanse of South Australia, visiting suppliers and seeking new brands (wine). The one great standard that I found was Cooper's. The US$ was strong then and I marveled at food and drink values. Adelaide reminds me of San Francisco or Boston, being walkable. I went to Coopers and drank the beers all about town. The seafood was stunning and the people lovely. Cooper's Sparkling Ale was great and very unique. I would hope that Coopers still stands strong as a local icon.
     
  7. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,219) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    One can do much worse than drinking Cooper's. The funny thing aboot Sparkling Ale in bottles in the US is that they're cloudy from my experience. Did you find that to be the case in Oz? When I lived there, each state had and served their own beers barring a state wide brewery strike.
     
  8. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,219) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    On more than one visit to Sydney within the last 10 years or so it was my experience that the bottles were at least lighly hazy when poured.
     
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  9. rgordon

    rgordon Crusader (732) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I drank most of them on draft and don't recall a particular cloudiness. I have seen this in the bottled product in the USA. I haven't checked, but maybe there is a bit of conditioning on export product. In any case, getting any beer fresh from Adelaide to Kansas or North Carolina will always be a challenge. I haven't seen any around here for quite a while.
     
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  10. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,219) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Good to know, thanks!
     
  11. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,219) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Yeah, the bottles say they are bottle conditioned.
     
  12. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,219) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I forgot to mention that the Pale Ale was in town for a short while.
    The Best Extra Stout was the one I fancied the most. Similar to Snake River Zonker.
     
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  13. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,219) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    This was probably the hoppiest beer I had when I was in Australia.

    [​IMG]

    Looking back, I reckon that it was way ahead of its time.
     
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  14. tzieser

    tzieser Champion (852) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    The only Australian beer I've had is Coopers (yes I'm well aware Fosters doesn't count). Their stout was reallly good. Would love to see more of their products make it to this hemisphere (or if you're a flat-Earther, 'across the board' or whatever it is you guys think)
     
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  15. rgordon

    rgordon Crusader (732) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    That's cool. 100% Aussie packaging!
     
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  16. aussiebeer

    aussiebeer Devotee (427) Oct 23, 2013 Illinois
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    I drank that when I was a baby LOL!!!!
     
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