Australia's Ultimate Top 50 Beers of 2019 Revealed

The 2019 release of Australia's Ultimate Top 50 Beers has revealed multinational breweries are continuing to lose favour with craft beer drinkers.

Online PR News – 24-May-2019 – Sydney, Australia – Created by craft beer retailer Beer Cartel, Australia's Ultimate Top 50 Beers takes over 200,000 beer ratings to provide insight into Australia's best beers.

Geoff Huens, Director of Beer Cartel said the list was designed as an alternative way to look at Australia's craft beer scene and remove the bias that other polls and top beer lists have. The annual list was first released in 2017.

"Craft beer can be highly subjective, we wanted to remove some of this by combining existing beer lists to give a better representation of what are Australia's best beers."

Australia's Ultimate Top 50 Beers is created by amalgamating the top 50 beers from four leading websites and polls; RateBeer, Beer Advocate, Untappd and Australia's Hottest 100 Craft Beers. A ranking formula is then used to collate data to create Australia's Ultimate Top 50 Beers.

"Each of the individual lists (RateBeer, Beer Advocate, Untappd and Australia's Hottest 100) have their own nuances and consumer base. By combining them we remove these biases, creating a list we believe is a better reflection of Australia's top 50 beers", said Mr Huens.

This year independently owned breweries took 47 spots of the top 50 with only three multinational beers featuring.

"Consistent with findings from Beer Cartel's 2018 Australian Craft Beer Survey, we are seeing consumers strongly favour independently owned beers, with only 6% of the beers in the list being owned by multinationals."

Key takeouts from Australia's Ultimate Top 50 Beers list for 2019:

- First, second and third places went to Balter IIPA, BentSpoke Cluster 8 and Stone & Wood Pacific Ale (respectively).
- Multinationals make up only 6% of the list; Carlton United Breweries/AB InBev (Pirate Life IIPA), Coca Cola (Feral Tusk), Lion (Furphy). This is a significant change down from 29% in 2018.
- Balter & Bentspoke both top the list with the most beers featured for a single brewery (5 beers each)
- Victorian breweries lead the way with the most beers featured in the list (30% vs NSW 22%, ACT: 16%, QLD: 16%, SA: 10%, WA: 6%)

The 2019 version of Australia's Ultimate Top 50 Beer list can be found at

A free downloadable ebook with expert commentary and detailed tasting notes on each beer can also be accessed via the link above.

About Beer Cartel:
Beer Cartel is Australia's leading craft beer bottle shop, stocking over 1,000 craft beers from Australia and overseas. Purchases can be made through the Beer Cartel website ( and its Sydney store.

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