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Biggest beer in Australia axed

May 5, 2015
Caption: Australia's biggest selling beer

Caption: Australia’s largest selling beer

NT Draught, commonly known as the ‘Darwin Stubby’, will no longer be brewed on a regular basis, Carlton & United Breweries has confirmed.

The Darwin Stubby was born in 1958 and has had a somewhat iconic status in the Territory.

“At over two litres, it was certainly the biggest beer in Australia, if not the world,” a CUB said in a statement.

“In recent times however, it’s become a product people pick up as an item of interest or souvenir rather than being a beer made for general consumption.”

“We’ve looked at many options to keep the Darwin Stubby alive on a full time basis, however due to decreasing volumes and increasing costs associated with such a special, niche product, continuing to brew it on a regular basis just didn’t add up.”

012255CUB said NT Draught is likely to be added to its run of heritage beers.

“Many of our iconic heritage brands just don’t stack up to be produced all the time – in fact part of the romance of heritage brews is being able to choose different brands to roll out every now and again for special events, customers and fans of the brands.

“We’ve done runs of beers like Ballarat Bitter and Brisbane Bitter in the recent past and we have two heritage brews due out soon.”


4 Responses to Biggest beer in Australia axed

  1. Sonny Stewart on May 6, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Anybody else notice the bottles down at Matilda Bay? It shuts and this beer dies. No coincidence there.

    • Editor on May 6, 2015 at 9:28 am

      I am not sure the two are strictly related. CUB had moved the production there when they opened the Port Melbourne Brewery in 2012 and you would presume that they could move the production again with the recent closure of Port Melbourne and shifting production to Cascade. If there was a business case for it, I am sure they would find a home for it.

  2. Benn on May 5, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Just search for Jeroboam and beer. 2 litres is nowhere near the biggest!

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