We’re craft beer mad here at the Keg and Brew in Surry Hills so as each year draws to a close, we’re always super keen to reflect on the year that was in the craft beer space in Australia and more importantly to look at what the next 12 months holds in store. Below are some of our 2019 top 3 craft beer trends in Australia, here in Sydney and beyond:
Craft Beer Hits the Books
Due to the massive growth of the craft beer industry here in Australia, a shortage of qualified brewers has inevitably presented itself. To combat this, TAFE NSW has recently announced a fresh intake for their certificate III course in Food Processing (Micro-brewing) at its Ultimo campus (right around the corner from the Keg & Brew!). The course which commenced back in 2017 will have two intake options for 2019, one for brewers already working in the industry looking to formalise their qualifications and one for those brand-new to the industry who wish to one day become brewers themselves.
The Boom Continues
The craft beer industry in Australia shows no sign of slowing down with many new breweries opening their doors offering new tastes and colours. The industry is said to be growing at a rate of over 5% per year and is estimated to reach $325 million by 2025 as craft beer sees some of the biggest increases in spending in the Australian alcohol space.
Ale Leads the Way
Unsurprisingly ale has led the way in the craft beer space as whole this year with over 50% of the entire market. In the ale segment, pale ale and IPAs are said to take up to a staggering 90% of the revenue.
Regardless of what else happens in the craft beer space here in Australia in 2019, the Keg & Brew will continue to serve up the coldest, tastiest drops for your pleasure throughout the year. See you soon!