18 months after launching, the first tangible outcomes of Queensland’s Craft Beer Strategy are on the verge of launching, including a TAFE course in brewing.
Queensland Craft Beer Strategy
The IBA has announced that it has received nearly $200,000 in funding from the NSW Government, marking an unprecedented move by a state government to support the sector.
With just one week left in the Queensland craft beer licence consultation, the state government is asking for brewers to give their take on the proposals.
Overall a positive step towards craft beer sector growth but Queensland government needs to iron out the details of licence proposals say industry professionals.
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.