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Radio Brews News – Episode 90 – Tap Contracts

May 20, 2016
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beer panelThis week we have our panel discussion recording this week at Good Beer Week looking at the issue of tap contracts.

As part of the Cryer Malt Brewers Lounge at the Beer Deluxe Trade Hub in Melbourne, Radio Brews News hosted a number of discussion panels looking at hot topics in the brewing industry.

This panel looked at the issue of supply agreements between brewers and venues and whether they are mutually beneficial arrangements or denying commnsumers choice.

Our expert panel included:

  • Mark Goulmy, General Manager of Coopers Premium Beverages
  • Michael Conrad, Newstead Brewing
  • Mazen Hajar, Hawkers Brewery
  • Derek Cowes, Beer Buyer, Beer Deluxe Fed Square.

It was a great chat looking with some very forthright views expressed.

Thanks to all of the panellists, and to Beer Deluxe and Cryer Malt for hosting the event, as well as to Good Beer Week.

Send us your feedback, or leave a voice mail by calling (07) 3040 1508, that we’ll play on our next show.

Radio Brews News is hosted by Matt Kirkegaard and Pete Mitcham and is produced by Lachie Mackintosh.

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5 Responses to Radio Brews News – Episode 90 – Tap Contracts

  1. Justin on May 25, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    I think you guys are giving too much emphasis to keg price. Think of it this way. If Hawkers can afford to sell a Pilsner keg for $260…but a smaller brewery can only sell a Pilsner keg for $310….guess what? The price of a pint of that beer is only about 60 cents more expensive for the pub to sell. So Hawkers Pils sells for say $10 a pint, and little brewery’s Pils sells for $10.60. $50 more per keg translates to VERY little difference for the end consumer.

    • Editor on May 26, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      For most venues that’s not how pricing works. $50 more for a keg is going to translate into a much higher price difference in the glass than the actual cost difference.

      • Justin on May 26, 2016 at 2:51 pm

        Why? If you get 80 pints from a keg, then $80 more for a keg should be $1 more per pint, so the venue makes the same amount of profit out of each keg. Are you saying the venues are ripping us off? Might be worth a future podcast discussion all of its own.

  2. Rod Lock on May 25, 2016 at 9:17 am

    It would be interesting to hear comments about tap contracts from consumers. People like myself who are “active consumers”, ie make choices based on style, previous beers I’ve had from a particular brewery, things I haven’t seen before, and also more “passive consumers”, ie people just going out for a beer, not too concerned if “craft” is on tap or not. I’ll bet a lot of “passive consumers” don’t even know tap contracts exist and there are bound to be some insights for people in the business.

  3. Rod Lock on May 25, 2016 at 8:54 am

    At times this podcast had me thinking, laughing, and yelling at my car audio.
    Mazen Hajar is the most interesting person I’ve heard talking about beer for a long, long time. His views seemed to be the only one that led us away from where we were at 80 years ago with big breweries swallowing smaller guys, and closing down market choice.

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