Malt Shovel Brewery closes: Lion shuts down Camperdown web site after 36 years

A preferred brewery that performed a ‘pivotal’ position within the craft beer motion will shut its doorways for good after greater than three a long time in enterprise. 

Lion, one of many largest beverage firms on the earth, will shut the Malt Shovel Brewery in Sydney’s Camperdown by the tip of August.

The brewery is accountable for crafting a sequence of common beers together with Eumundi, Little Creatures, New Belgium and James Squire. 

The Malt Shovel Brewery in Sydney’s Camperdown (pictured) by the tip of August

The brewery (pictured) is responsible for crafting a series of popular beers including Eumundi, Little Creatures, New Belgium and James Squire

The brewery (pictured) is accountable for crafting a sequence of common beers together with Eumundi, Little Creatures, New Belgium and James Squire

Workers members have been notified concerning the impending closure with merchandise to be brewed at crops in northern NSW and Geelong in Victoria. 

Lion’s managing director James Brindley cited elevated manufacturing prices, cost-of-living pressures and authorities excise as forcing the closure.

‘This week we have knowledgeable our valued group members at Malt Shovel Brewery of the tough determination we now have taken – which is that we’re proposing to shut the positioning on the finish of August 2024,’ Mr Brindley stated in an announcement. 

‘It has been a troublesome time for all gamers within the Australian beer trade – with total volumes declining by 100 million litres since 2019, persevering with a long-term decline in consumption of beer.

‘There have additionally been ongoing value of dwelling pressures lowering discretionary spending, and persevering with will increase in prices like power, labour and elements, in addition to authorities excise, which is now the third-highest on the earth.’

The Malt Shovel Brewery was first opened in 1988 by impartial brewer Chuck Hahn and was acquired by Lion in 1993.

The brewhouse quickly grew to become the center of Lion’s craft beer enterprise and performed a ‘pivotal position’ in Australia’s craft beer motion.

It comes simply three weeks after Asahi, Lion’s largest competitor, closed their Matilda Bay brewpub in Victoria’s Yarra Valley on Could 19 – citing excessive prices.

A string of impartial breweries have collapsed in current months following a sequence of hikes to alcohol taxes and operational prices. 

Small and medium breweries Deeds Brewing, Massive Shed, Hawkers and Golden West  have all entered administration because the begin of the yr. 

They adopted different outfits akin to Ballistic, Parched, Depraved Elf and Operating With Thieves who collapsed throughout 2023. 

The Carringbush Lodge, in Melbourne’s interior north-west, was pressured to shut its doorways after 135 years of enterprise. 

Proprietor Liam Matthews, 47, claimed he must cost $20 a beer with a purpose to stay afloat amid the ‘horrendous’ prices. 

‘We’re placing extra within the until than ever, however what’s left over is lower than ever,’ Mr Matthews advised the Australian Monetary Overview. 

‘The shopper isn’t prepared for that so we take the hit. The brewers and deliverers are dealing with comparable pressures and move prices on to us, however we are the finish of the road.’ 

Extra to come back.  

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