TRADITIONALLY made by small breweries, craft beers and the brewers that develop them continue to make a big splash, with customers driving demand.
Data from the Independent Brewers Association’s National Economic Evaluation released last month showed the independent brewing sector in Australia is worth $740 million to the economy, with the number of breweries expanding from 30 in 2006 to about 380 last year.
Billabong Brewing managing director Alan Proctor said the Myaree operation was founded in 1993 as “Australia’s first brew-on-premise brewery”, allowing people to make their own beers on site.
In 2006 Billabong obtained a commercial production licence and began producing craft beers and specialising in gluten-free beverages.
Mr Proctor said customers had a massive say in what was produced.
“When, for instance, we started brewing a gluten-free beer it was as a direct response to an existing customer’s requirement for this type of beer,” he said.
“We are always striving to satisfy the needs of our customers and this now extends into our other craft beers.
“We realise that we need to keep up with consumers’ taste for different beers.”
Billabong Brewing will feature at the Perth Craft Beer Festival at the Claremont Showground from Friday, August 18 to Sunday, August 20.
Festival-goers will be spoilt for choice with more than 200 beers and ciders, food trucks, pop-up restaurants, music and entertainment.
Mr Proctor said the festival was a chance to showcase Billabong Brewing’s range to people and industry visitors.
“Billabong has certainly been around for some time now so I would hope we are considered to be one of the stayers in the local brewing scene,” he said.
“The changes over the last few years are mainly due to the acceptance and demand for craft beers.”
For tickets, visit perthbeer.com /2017tix.