Overall a positive step towards craft beer sector growth but Queensland government needs to iron out the details of licence proposals say industry professionals.
Queensland Craft Beer Strategy
The Queensland Government is asking the region’s brewers for their opinions on a proposed new licence which it says will allow craft brewers to sell more products on site and at promotional events.
The state government has invested in a BrewLab for Queensland’s brewers to enable sensory and quality testing as part of its Craft Beer Strategy.
By 2024, the Queensland craft beer industry is expected to be worth well over $100 million, according to the state government, prompting its Craft Beer Strategy last year to tap into this potential. 12 months after its launch we take a look at progress so far.
As both a winery and a brewery, Brisbane’s Ocean View Estates has encountered firsthand the disparity between wine and beer makers when it comes to Queensland licensing. RSA’s Russell Steele and the IBA’s David Kitchen weigh in on the issue.