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Malt Shovel Brewery to close: Lion closes Camperdown operation after 36 years


A popular brewery that played a «pivotal» role in the craft beer movement is to close its doors for good after more than three decades in business.

Lion, one of the world’s largest drinks companies, will close its Malt Shovel Brewery in Sydney’s Camperdown by the end of August.

The brewery is responsible for producing a number of popular beers including Eumundi, Little Creatures, New Belgium and James Squire.

Staff have been informed of the impending closure with products due to be brewed at plants in northern NSW and Geelong in Victoria.

Lion’s chief executive James Brindley said increased production costs, cost of living pressures and government excise duties had forced the closure.

Malt Shovel Brewery in Sydney’s Camperdown (pictured) until the end of August

The brewery is responsible for producing a number of popular beers including Eumundi, Little Creatures, New Belgium and James Squire.

The brewery is responsible for producing a number of popular beers including Eumundi, Little Creatures, New Belgium and James Squire.

«This week we have informed our valued team members at Malt Shovel Brewery of the difficult decision we have taken – we are proposing to close at the end of August 2024,» Mr Brindley said in a statement.

“It’s been a tough time for all players in the Australian beer industry – total volumes have fallen by 100 million liters since 2019, continuing a long-term decline in beer consumption.

«There are also ongoing cost-of-living pressures reducing discretionary spending and continued increases in costs such as energy, labor and ingredients, as well as government excise taxes, which are now the third highest in the world.»

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

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The brewery soon became the heart of Lion’s craft beer and played a «pivotal role» in Australia’s craft beer movement.

It comes just three weeks after Asahi, Lion’s biggest competitor, closed its Matilda Bay brewery in Victoria’s Yarra Valley on May 19 – citing high costs.

A number of independent breweries have collapsed in recent months following a series of increases in alcohol taxes and operating costs.

Malt Shovel Brewery was first opened in 1988 by independent brewer Chuck Hahn

Malt Shovel Brewery was first opened in 1988 by independent brewer Chuck Hahn

Since the beginning of the year, small and medium-sized breweries Deeds Brewing, Big Shed, Hawkers and Golden West have gone into administration.

Other outfits such as Ballistic, Parched, Wicked Elf and Running With Thieves followed, which collapsed in 2023.

The Carringbush Hotel in Melbourne’s inner north-west has been forced to close its doors after 135 years in business.

Owner Liam Matthews, 47, claimed he would have to charge $20 a beer to stay afloat amid the «horrendous» costs.

«We’re putting more into the coffers than ever, but there’s less left over than ever,» Mr Matthews told the Australian Financial Review.

«The customer is not ready for it, so we take it. Brewers and suppliers face similar pressures and pass the costs on to us, but we are at the bottom of the line.”

Last month, financial services and software company CreditorWatch predicted in a report that one in 13 hospitality businesses would fail in the next 12 months.

The report argued that businesses were discretionary spending customers – a demographic that has «dried up as cost-of-living pressures increase».

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