September 2017 Advocacy Update

FEDERAL ISSUES The IBA has commissioned Essential Economics, the authors of our National Economic Evaluation, to complete some modeling look at the cost benefit analysis to the Government of providing additional support to the independent brewing industry by raising the small brewers rebate to a level equitable with the support received by the wine industry. […]

IBA secures extension of safe harbour for excise remission for independent brewers

We are very happy to advise that the Australian Taxation Office has agreed to extend the safe harbour for excise remissions, previously enjoyed only by large brewers, to small brewers as well. In effect this will mean that, in certain circumstances, brewers will be able to claim a remission of excise duty without applying to […]

Practical aspects of manufacturing malt for brewing

By Ken Steer-Jones MDip Contributions from Alan Brown, Bob McWilliam, Mark Kinsman, Ben O’Gorman Barley has been malted for over 3,000 years.  It is a natural process, the basic principles of which have changed little over hundreds of years.  But only in the past 50 years or so have maltsters taken full control, thanks to […]

Mental Health & Small Business

Owning or working in small business can sometimes feel like a roller-coaster ride – there can be lots of highs and lows along the way. The Hunter Institute of Mental Health are researching the wellbeing challenges that might occur in small business, and need your help.   The aim of the research is to gather information […]

Brews & Brands – Registering and protecting your trade marks overseas

As far as work conferences go, I have to say that the Australian Craft Brewers Conference held by the Independent Brewers Association (IBA) in Adelaide in July would have to be one of the best gigs I have ever scored, at least in the life as a trade mark lawyer – who loves her beer.  […]


Federal issues In August our Executive Officer Chris McNamara continued to meet with Federal politicians to discuss the independent brewing industry and our National Economic Evaluation. Our concerns have been given a fair hearing in these meetings but we can be under no illusions that getting substantive changes made to the current excise system will […]

July 2017 Advocacy Update

National Economic Evaluation On the 4th of July we launched our National Economic Evaluation. Two copies of the report (one via email and one via post) has been sent to every Federal politician.  We have followed that up with a number of personal meetings where we have outlined the contribution the independent brewing industry makes […]

Australian Independent Brewers Day

On the 4th of July the Independent Brewers Association launched Australian Independent Brewers Day to highlight its National Economic Evaluation report.   Below you can read our press release and here are some links to the great press coverage we received: Small Australian brewers claim their […]

Important changes for excise

Some good news out of the ATO this week with regards to lodging and paying excise monthly. From 1 July 2016, a range of small business tax concessions became available to all businesses with turnover less than $10 million. Small businesses may now be eligible to report and pay excise duty monthly rather than weekly. Follow […]

Raise a glass to Cherrywood Smoked Baltic Porter

The Dainton Family Brewery’s Cherrywood Smoked Baltic Porter was named Champion Australian Craft Beer at tonight’s awards at the Adelaide Oval. The Cherrywood Smoked Baltic Porter won its category of Champion Porter Stout before being named the overall winner. Other best-in-category award winners were: Champion Pale Ale, Philter Brewing’s XPA; Champion Amber Dark Ale, Eagle […]