Independent breweries are growing the beverage industry across Australia with new facilities and partnerships.
Australian independent brewery, Tribe Breweries, has taken on Mornington Peninsula Brewery through a partnership structure.
Matt Bebe, co-founder and CEO at Mornington, will become a shareholder in Tribe as a result of the partnership and will remain at the helm to lead the Mornington team.
All employees of Mornington will continue in their current roles as the brewery looks to grow its reach both domestically and internationally.
The partnership will increase Mornington’s brewing capacity and allow the launching of new brews more rapidly.
Bebe said Mornington reached a point where it had to make some strategic decisions about its future.
“Joining Tribe is a great decision for Mornington as we can have our cake and eat it too; continue to be both local and independent while also part of a larger collective group that can provide benefits across the board,” said Bebe.
Anton Szpitalak, co-founder and CEO of Tribe Breweries said Tribe aspired to become Australia’s number one independent brewer and it was firmly committed to working with artisans to realise their dreams.
“Mornington fits perfectly into that vision and with the brewery joining the tribe we take a big step forward on our journey,” said Szpitalak.
Later this year, Tribe Breweries’ much anticipated state-of-the-art $35 million craft beverage production facility will open in Goulburn.
Meanwhile, Brick Lane Brewing Co. has launched a new brewery in Dandenong.
Brick Lane will offer other breweries an opportunity to use its state-of-the-art brewhouse to create their own beers.
Head Brewer Jon Seltin said the company wanted to give breweries the opportunity to bring their wonderful beers to a wider national and international audience.
“We are excited about working with some of the wonderful, talented and creative brewers out there to get more of their beers out there into the world,” said Seltin.
Brick Lane has incorporated several energy reduction, recovery and storage technologies into the Dandenong brewery, including a highly efficient vapour condenser which reclaims energy from steam produced during the brewing process.
Brick Lane will employ 60 workers in its brewhouse, producing 10,000 bottles and 15,000 cans per hour – a capacity of more than 100,000 pints of beer every day.
Urban Alley Brewery has started production in a new centre in Melbourne’s docklands.
It is located next to a brew-pub that is opening its doors in September 2018 and has a capacity of 700 people.
The 25-hectare-litre brewhouse is set to produce 2 million litres per year.
Urban Alley Brewery is also using biodegradable six pack rings (E6PR), which are made from spent grain.