The Independent Brewers Association is the national peak body representing Australian independent brewers. 

Under the IBA Constitution, an independent brewer is defined as any brewery based in Australia:

  • which has aggregate beer sales of less than 40M litres per calendar year
  • in which a brewer with aggregate sales of more than 40M litres per calendar year does not own more than a 20 per cent share
  • which does not itself hold more than a 20 per cent share in a brewery with aggregate beer sales of more than 40M litres per calendar year.
“Our mission is to educate and influence for the benefit of
Australian independent brewing.”


  • Be the unified voice of Australian independent brewing.
  • Deliver benefits to our members through advocacy.
  • Deliver training and development opportunities to our members.
  • Deliver exclusive value for our members.


  • The IBA has four strategic pillars:
  • ADVOCACY To be the unified voice of Australian independent brewing.
  • AWARENESS To deliver benefits to our members through advocacy.
  • QUALITY To deliver training and development opportunities to our members.
  • VALUE To deliver exclusive value for our members.

Our History

In May 2011 a group of brewers came together to try and achieve what had been talked about by many over the years: a national association for the benefit of the craft brewing industry.

While the industry had strong state-based organisations, there wasn’t a single voice for the industry working in the areas of advocacy and education on a national level. The steering committee decided on an inclusive approach, one that recognised that the industry is made up of a diverse range of businesses.

The IBA was designed to represent the whole industry, with each member having an equal voice regardless of size.

This work culminated in the inaugural Annual General Meeting of the Craft Beer Industry Association in Melbourne on the 16 May 2012 where the IBA’s first board was elected.

Five years later, on 18 May 2017, the membership voted overwhelmingly to pursue a course celebrating independence of ownership. This vote resulted in a change to the association’s membership criteria which excluded businesses that were more than 20 per cent owned by large brewers (i.e. producing >40M litres annually). Accordingly, the Association changed its name to the Independent Brewers Association.


May 2011 First meeting of the steering committee consisting of some of Australia’s top craft brewers.

May 2012 First annual general meeting held and first Board elected.

May 2013 Inaugural Australian Craft Brewers Conference held in Melbourne.

Oct 2014 Inaugural Craft Beer Awards celebrating the best of Australian brewing held in Sydney.

Jul 2016 The Australian Craft Brewers Conference and the Craft Beer Awards are combined.

May 2017 The membership votes to alter the constitution and the Independent Brewers Association is born.

May 2018 The IBA’s Seal of Independence launched in Melbourne.

Our Work

The IBA works with government agencies, industry stakeholders and international counterparts to represent our members’ interests and to build a strong, sustainable future for our industry.

Each year the IBA stages BrewCon and The Independent Beer Awards (The Indies). BrewCon exists to build excellence and best-practice in the Australian beer industry. It is Australian brewing’s keystone event and is growing to be to be an educational and trade event of international significance. 

BrewCon’s Trade Expo is the premier trade show for brewers in Australia and connects suppliers, innovators and leaders of the national and international brewing community. The Expo showcases the latest products and services on the market and enables the growing brewing industry in Australia to build strong networks and develop profitable businesses.

The Indies are judged by a respected panel of national and international beer judges. They are an invaluable platform for brewers to benchmark their beers and to showcase and celebrate excellence in independent craft beer. The Indies also drive consumer awareness of the quality, diversity and excellence of Australian independent beer. The Indies are open for entry to Australian and international independent brewing companies (as defined by the IBA) who distribute their entered beer in Australia.