Beer Prices in Australia (2021)

The Australian Beer Market

The No. 1 predictor of inflation is money invested in goods and services, which is directly related to workers’ payments.

Because of that, the Labor Party’s slogan that “dumping is killing jobs” is starting to look more like a genuine sentiment, not just a slogan.

The Labor Party also indicates that it will need to impose a tax on investment income to ensure jobs and investment in future years.

The Labor Party is calling for an increase to the Reserve Bank’s cash rate, which it says will help bring the jobless rate down to its desired level of between 5% and 6%.

 

Australian Beer Market - Current prices of beer in Australia

 

 

 

How Do Upfront Costs Affect Beer Prices?

For craft beer drinkers, the upfront cost of craft beer is a significant barrier to consumption. However, many consider beer the more affordable cousin to Spirits and Wines.

With only one brand of beer to compete on the shelf, producers want to maximise margins and sell as much of it as they can.

With Budweiser, Carling, Fosters, and their ilk are the staples of the Australian alcohol market, or so it was thought.

In the early 2000s, small, independent brewers like 4 Pines, Von Humboldt, Funkling and Wild Rose had varying levels of success. Today, craft beer is the trend that’s overtaking the market. Although, Wild Rose is still going strong and is one of the most established Australian craft beer brands.

 

Beer Prices in Australia

BeerPrice per bottle (A$)

Imported Beer

Asahi Soukai Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$46
Asahi Super Dry Black Bottle 334mL (18 Carton)$67
Asahi Super Dry Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$47
Asahi Super Dry Cans 500mL (24 Carton)$67
Becks Bottle 4% 330mL (24 Carton)$43
Boddingtons Pub Beer Can 440mL (4 Pack)$20
Brooklyn Lager Can 355mL (24 Carton)$77
Budejovicky Budvar Bottle 330mL$59
Budweiser Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$50
Cantina Pura Cerveza Imported Bottle 355mL (24 Carton)$42
Carlsberg Green Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$45
Carlsberg Green Can 500mL (24 Carton)$62
Cleanskin Beer Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$43
Coors Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$48
Coors Can 355mL (12 Pack)$27
Corona Bottle 355mL (24 Pack)$47
Corona Ligera Bottle 355mL (24 Pack)$47
Corona Sleek Can 355mL (24 Pack)$66
Coronita Extra Bottle 210mL (24 Pack)$40
Erdinger Alcohol Free Wheat Beer Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$63
Grolsch Premium Lager Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$46
Grolsch Premium Lager Swing Top Bottle 450mL (24 Carton)$74
Guiness Draught Can 440mL (24 Carton)$65
Heineken 3 Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$45
Heineken Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$45
Henninger Lager Can 500mL (24 Carton)$50
Henninger Premium Lager Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$38
Hoegaarden White Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$70
Kilkenny Cans 440mL (24 Carton)$70
Kingfisher Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$46
Kirin Megumi Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$47
Leffe Blonde Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$107
Miller Genuine Draft Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$46
Monteiths Phoenix IPA Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$18
Peroni Leggera Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$45
Peroni Nastro Azzurro Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$47
Peroni Red Imported Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$40
Praga Pils Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$42
Praga Premium Pils Can 500mL (24 Carton)$52
Radeberger Pilsner Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$42
Red Stripe Lager Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$67
Royal Dutch Posthorn Ext Smooth Can 500mL (24 Carton)$45
Sapporo Bottles 355mL (24 Carton)$50
Sapporo Can 650mL$8.20
Schofferhofer Hefeweizen Bottle 500mL (18 Pack)$70
Schofferhofer Kristall Wheat Bottle 500mL (18 Pack)$70
Singha Beer Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$46
Stella Artois Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$49
Stella Artois Can 500mL (24 Carton)$72
Tiger Lager Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$48
Tsingtao Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$58
Uberbrau Imported Lager Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$33
Vonu Low Carb Lager Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$48
Weihenstephaner Weihenstephan Dunkel Bottle 500mL (12 Pack)$64
Weihenstephaner Weihenstephan Hefe Bottle 500mL (12 Pack)$57
Weihenstephaner Weihenstephan Kristall Bottle 500mL (12 Pack)$60
Weihenstephaner Weihenstephan Pilsner Bottle 500mL (12 Pack)$60
Zywiec Polish Bottle 500mL (20 Pack)$82

Craft Beer

3 Pub Circus Artisan Ale Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$15
3 Pub Circus Pale Ale Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$15
3 Pub Circus Session IPA Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$15
4 Pines Brewing Indian Summer Ale (6 Pack)$22
4 Pines Brewing Kolsch Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$18.50
4 Pines Brewing Nitro Stout 330mL (6 Pack)$24.50
4 Pines Brewing Pacific Ale Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$58
4 Pines Brewing Pale Ale Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$17
4 Pines Christmas Pack Bottle 500mL (4 Pack)$30
5 Seeds Apple Cider Can 330 mL (10 Pack)$22
5 Seeds Cloudy Apple Cider Bottle 345mL (24 Carton)$55
5 Seeds Crisp Apple Cider Bottle 345mL (24 Carton)$55
5 Seeds Lower Sugar Cider 345 mL (24 Carton)$55
Akasha Freshwater Pale Ale Can 375mL (4 Pack)$20
Akasha Hopsmith IPA Can 375mL (4 Pack)$25.50
Akasha Mosaic IPA Can 375mL (4 Pack)$25.50
Australian Brewery Seis Hermanos Mexican Lager Can 375mL (6 Pack)$21
Balter Captain Sensible Can 375mL (16 Carton)$50
Balter Lager Can 375mL (16 Carton)$59
Balter XPA Can 375mL (4 Pack)$20
Bentspoke Barley Griffin Pale Ale Can 375mL (4 Pack)$18
Bentspoke Cluster 8 Can 375mL (4 Pack)$28
Bentspoke Crankshaft IPA Pack Can 375mL (4 Pack)$21
Bentspoke Hows It Gosen Can 375mL (4 Pack)$19
Bentspoke Red Nut IPA Pack Can 375mL (4 Pack)$24
Burleigh Bighead No Carb Beer Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$62
Blue Moon Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$65
Brewmanity The Social Beast Pale Ale Can 375mL (6 Pack)$25
Brick Lane One Love Pale Ale Can 355mL (24 Carton)$68
Bridge Road Beechworth Pale Ale Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$26
Bridge Road Craft Beer Ingredients Pack (4 Pack)$22
Bridge Road IPA Experience Pack (4 Pack)$34
Bridge Road Beer 101 Mixed (6 Pack)$25
Buckethead Session Ale Block Can 375mL (30 Carton)$48
Buckethead Session Ale Can 375mL (24 Carton)$44
Burleigh Brewing Burleigh Mid-Tide Ale Can 375mL (6 Pack)$19.50
Byron Bay Pale Lager Can 355mL (6 Pack)$20
Colonial Draught Can 375mL (6 Pack)$23.50
Colonial IPA Can 375mL (6 Pack)$28
Colonial Pale Ale Can 375mL (6 Pack)$25
Coopers Dark Ale Bottle 375mL (6 Pack)$19.50
Coopers Extra Stout Bottle 375mL (6 Pack)$24
Coopers Original Pale Ale Bottle 375mL (24 Carton)$50
Coopers Original Pale Ale Bottle 750mL (12 Carton)$63
Coopers Pale Ale Can 375mL (24 Carton)$50
Coopers Session Ale Bottle 375mL (24 Carton)$58
Coopers Session Ale Can 375mL (24 Carton)$55
Coopers Sparkling Ale Bottle 375mL (24 Carton)$58
Coopers Sparkling Ale Bottle 750mL (12 Carton)$67
Coopers Sparkling Ale Can 375mL (24 Carton)$58
Coopers XPA Can 375mL (24 Carton)$63
Cricketers Arms Keepers Lager Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$45
Cricketers Arms Scorcher Summer Ale Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$58
Cricketers Arms Session Ale Can 375mL (24 Carton)$43
Cricketers Arms Spearhead Pale Ale 4.6% Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$45
Deep Creek Brewtiful Haze NEIPA Can 440mL$11.50
Deep Creek Misty Miyagi Hazy IPA Can 440mL$11.50
Deep Creek Tiki Aloha Guava Passionfruit Sour Can 440 mL$11.50
Deep Creek Wisdom IPA Can 440mL$11.50
Deschutes Fresh Squeezed Tall Boy Can 568mL$13
Deschutes Hazy IPA Can 568mL$12.50
Endeavor Citrus Pale Ale Can 375mL (6 Pack)$20
Feral Biggie Juice Can 375mL (6 Pack)$23
Feral Boar Pack Can 375mL (6 Pack)$27
Feral Draught Can 375mL (6 Pack)$21
Feral Hop Hog Bottle 330mL (4 Pack)$17
Feral Hop Hog Can 375mL (16 Carton)$57
Feral Sly Fox Can 375mL (6 Pack)$25
Fixation Brewing Squish Citrus IPA Can 330mL (4 Pack)$22
Fixation IPA Bottle 330mL (4 Pack)$16
Fixation IPA Can 330mL (24 Carton)$95
Fox Hat Heavy Handed XPA Can 375mL (4 Pack)$22
Fox Hat Red Pelt Red Ale Can 375mL (4 Pack)$24
Gage Roads Single Fin Summer Ale Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$55
Goose Island IPA Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$22
Golden Ridge Golden Ale Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$22.50
Grand Ridge Golden Ale Can 375mL (10 Pack)$29
Grand Ridge Hatlifter Stout Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$23.50
Grand Ridge Natural Blond Wheat Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$18
Grand Ridge Pale Ale Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$22.50
Grand Ridge Pale Ale Can 375mL (10 Pack)$29
Grand Ridge Solar Aussie Lager Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$72
Grand Ridge Solar Golden Ale Bottle 640mL$8.50
Grand Ridge Solar Natural Blonde Bottle 640mL$8.50
Grand Ridge Solar Summer Ale Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$72
Grand Ridge Supershine Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$75
Green Beacon Wayfarer Tropical Pale Ale Can 375mL (4 Pack)$17
Green Beacon Windjammer Indian Pale Ale Can 375mL (4 Pack)$21
Hobo APA Can 375mL (24 Carton)$72
Hobo Mid IPA Can 375mL (24 Carton)$68
Holgate Alpha Crucis Australian XPA Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$20
Holgate Gate Keeper Session Ale Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$16
Holgate Hop Tart Blush Can 375mL (4 Pack)$21
Holgate Hop Tart Pale Ale Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$26.50
Holgate Mt Macedon Ale Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$74
Holgate Norton Lager Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$60
Holgate Temptress Choc Porter Bottle 330mL (4 Pack)$25
Hop Nation The Chop IPA Can 375mL (4 Pack)$23.50
James Squire 150 Lashes Can 330mL (10 pack)$31.50
James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale Bottle 345mL (24 Carton)$52
James Squire Hop Thief Bottle 345mL (24 Carton)$53
James Squire Swindler Bottle 345mL (24 Carton)$53
James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale 345ml (24 Carton)$53
Kaiju Krush Tropical Ale Can 375mL (6 Pack)$25
Kosciuszko Pale Ale Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$55
Little Creatures Bright Ale Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$74
Little Creatures Dog Days Can 355mL (6 Pack)$25.50
Little Creatures Extra Pale Ale Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$63
Little Creatures Pale Ale Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$60
Lord Nelson Three Sheets Ale Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$25
Lorry Boys Bright Lager Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$42
Lorry Boys Golden Ale Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$42
Lorry Boys Pale Ale Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$42
Matilda Bay Fat Yak Pale Ale Bottle 345mL (24 Carton)$53
Matilda Bay Lazy Yak Session Ale Bottle 345mL (24 Carton)$48
Matilda Bay Wild Yak Pacific Ale Bottle 345mL (24 Carton)$52
Modus Pale Can 375mL (4 Pack)$20
Modus Sonic Prayer IPA Can 375mL (4 Pack)$23
Monteiths Black Beer Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$18
Monteiths Pointers Pale Ale Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$18
Moon Dog Beer Cans 330mL (10 Pack)$32
Mornington Brown Ale Bottle 640mL$72
Mornington Draught Can 375mL (24 Pack)$55
Mornington Pale Ale Bottle 640mL$72
Mornington Peninsula Brown Ale Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$19
Mornington Peninsula Pale Ale Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$19
Mornington Porter Bottle 330mL (4 Pack)$20
Mountain Goat Pale Ale Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$71
Mountain Goat Steam Ale Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$60
Mountain Goat Summer Ale Can 375mL (24 Carton)$60
Newstead 21 Feet 7 Inches Porter Can 375mL (4 Pack)$19
Newstead Nineteen 09 Coastal Ale Can 375mL (6 Pack)$26
Nomad Beach House Pale Ale Can 330mL (6 Pack)$24
Nomad Champers Brut IPA Can 500mL$12
Nomad Freshie Watermelon Can 330mL (4 Pack)$15
Nomad Jet Lag Finger Lime IPA Can 330mL (4 Pack)$20
Nomad Juicy As IPA Can 330mL (24 Carton)$88
Nomad Pacific Dream Can 330mL (24 Carton)$75
Nomad Rosie Raspberry Sour Can 330mL (4 Pack)$17.50
Northern Mark Faith Can 440mL$11
Panhead Quickchange Extra Pale Ale Can 355mL (6 Pack)$20
Parrotdog Falcon APA Can 330mL (6 Pack)$24.50
Parrotdog Hawkeye Session IPA Can 330mL (6 Pack)$22.50
Parrotdog Rifleman XPA Can 330mL (6 Pack)$23.50
Pirate Life IIPA 8.8% Can 500mL$12
Pirate Life IPA 6.8% Can 355mL (4 Pack)$32
Pirate Life Pale Ale 5.4% Can 355mL (6 Pack)$27
Pirate Life Port Local Lager Can 355mL (4 Pack)$16
Pirate Life Throwback IPA 3.5% Can 355mL (4 Pack)$17
Pirate Life Tropical Pale Ale Can 355mL (4 Pack)$19
Prickly Moses Beer 6 Bottle Gift Pack$26
Rockafella Barrel Aged Dark Ale Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$130
Sierra Nevada Draught Style Pale Ale Can 355ml (4 Pack)$18
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Can 473mL (4 Pack)$25.50
Six String Dark Red IPA Can 375mL (6 Pack)$27
Six String Tropical Pale Ale Can 375mL (6 Pack)$21
Steamrail Amber Ale Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$45
Steamrail Golden Ale Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$45
Steamrail Pale Ale Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$45
Steamrail Pale Ale Can 375mL (24 Carton)$45
Steamrail Summer Ale Tight Red Togs Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$45
Stockade 16 Bit IIPA Bottle 330mL (4 Pack)$33
Stockade Flight Path Pale Ale Pack Can 375mL (6 Pack)$23
Stockade IPA 8 Bit Pack Can 375mL (4 Pack)$20
Stockade NEIPA Pack Can 375mL (4 Pack)$20
Stockade Refreshing Ale Pack Can 375mL (6 Pack)$19
Stockade Sesh Mid Strength Ale Bottle 330ml (24 Carton)$68
Stockade Splicer XPA Can 375mL (6 Pack)$20
Stone & Wood Lager Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$81
Stone & Wood Pacific Ale Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$78
Stone & Wood Pacific Ale Can 375mL (16 Carton)$58
Stone & Wood The Gatherer Can 375mL (16 Carton)$58
Stone Fear Lion Movies IIPA Can 473mL$11
Stone IPA Can 355mL (12 Pack)$58
Stone Ripper IPA Can 355mL (6 Pack)$20
Stones Arrogant Enter Night Pils Can 473mL$9
Stones IPA Can 568mL$13
Stone Tropic Of Thunder Lager Can 568mL$10
Thunder Road Hopmania IPA Can 375mL (6 Pack)$24
Thunder Road Tropical Splash Pacific Ale Can 375mL (6 Pack)$24
Tinnies Pale Ale Can 375mL (6 Pack)$20
Tinnies Session IPA Can 375mL (6 Pack)$20
Tinnies Tropical XPA Can 375mL (6 Pack)$20
Thunder Road TRB Hop Star XPA Bottle 330mL (24 Carton)$62
Thunder Road TRB Pacific Breeze Aussie Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$20
Tropical Rumble Fruit Session IPA Can 500mL$11
Tuatara American Pale Ale Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$29
Tuatara IPA Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$27
Vale Ale Can 375mL (6 Pack)$20
Vale Bright Ale Can 375mL (6 Pack)$18
West City XPA Can 375mL (6 Pack)$25
White Rabbit Dark Ale Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$19
White Rabbit Pale Ale Bottle 330mL (6 Pack)$20
Wilde Gluten Free Pale Ale Bottle 330ml (24 Carton)$50
Yeastie Boys Big Mouth Session IPA Can 330mL (6 Pack)$22.50
Yeastie Boys Digital IPA Can 330mL (6 Pack)$26
Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black Can 330mL (4 Pack)$19
Yeastie Boys White Noise Can 330mL (24 Carton)$77
Yeastie Boys White Palace Passionfruit IPL Can 500mL$11.50
Young Henrys IPA Can 375mL (6 Pack)$28
Young Henrys Natural Lager Can 375mL (6 Pack)$22
Young Henrys Newtowner Can 375mL (24 Carton)$67
Young Henrys Stayer Mid Can 375mL (6 Pack)$23

 

What Factors Affect the Cost of Beer in Australia?

The PBTI analysed data from Australia’s national household survey to analyse changes in prices.

Using the data, PBTI calculated a preliminary version of the PBTI that estimated the cost of an average beer in Australian four major states, ranked by their price and volume.

The final report uses the consumer prices index (CPI) from the Bureau of Statistics to estimate the price of beer and fuel and accommodation prices to improve on the initial measure.

They sourced the data from 2014 to 2016, the most recent year available for the information.

PBTI relies on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data, which collected information about Australia’s alcohol prices. Australia’s liquor retail market is covered under the Liquor Act 1995.

 

Predictions for 2021

Paul Homewood, a Researcher, says: “I have just completed an estimate of beer prices in 2021. I used the 2016 Consumer Price Index for Beer, the 2015 Australian beer market share and the Average Cost per barrel to determine an estimate of beer prices for 2016.

This beer market share is based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and is consistent with figures provided by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

I used the 2015 Australian Beer barrel prices to estimate what beer prices will be in 2021. Based on these assumptions, I’ve also worked out a rough estimate of how much beer will cost in 2021 and made this article available for you to download.

Demographics and Beer Prices: Statistics show that the price of beer has risen by 13.1% from 2015-2016.

 

Conclusion

The answer to the question here depends on the general trend among beer producers to reduce beer prices.

With alcohol prices in Australia now almost as low as they are in Europe (and if these numbers prove correct, they will continue to drop), the prices you pay for beer can be expected to continue to fall in the years to come.

However, the tricky thing about predicting beer prices is that it is tough to predict the impact of the once-off carbon price when beer is just one of several imported goods that are also experiencing a fall in the price of their overseas inputs.

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