Brewery Radar • Brewery Radar December 2023

Brewery Radar serves the brewing industry by keeping it up to date with the progress of planned breweries, expansions, and tap rooms in Australia. We aim to track where they are in their development process from concept to opening.

Australia’s eastern states have dominated the activity over the last month. We have updates from 12 breweries or brands with:

  • 3 brewery openings;
  • 1 development application approved; and
  • another 8 in various stages of planning and development.

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The Gold Coast City Council approved The Club at Parkwood Village’s resort plans on December 4. Among other things, the project includes a brewhouse, various short and long term accommodation options and a childcare centre.

According to the Courier Mail, Coolum Beer Co is expected to open before Christmas. Founded by homebrewers, the Sunshine Coast brewery is said to be worth “in excess of $1 million.”

Chinchilla-based brewery, Charleys Creek, shared via Facebook that “after all the setbacks… it is exciting to see a dream start to take shape.” Three of four pours for the main brewery building slab are complete, as of early December.

Perentie Brewing Co. opened its lager brewery on December 16. According to a media release, the purpose-built $6 million-dollar brewery specialises in lager beers “produced using traditional German brewing techniques.” The venue has 68 taps, including 40 that are dedicated to Perentie’s beers, as well as a seasonal menu and seating for more than 200 patrons. Perentie “will manage its own canning and kegging onsite in [its]… production facility that has the capacity to brew 1 million litres of beer per year.”


In an Instagram video, Broken Bay Brewing Co. shared that it is “in the final throes of getting [the brewery] up and running.” Broken Bay’s brewhouse, Australia’s first SIMATEC brewhouse, arrived in mid December. 

On December 3 via Facebook, Pickled Monkey Brewing shared that its brewery slab was complete and it was waiting for its brewery equipment to arrive. On December 9, the brewery announced that it will soon hold a crowdfunding campaign. Investors will get one share for every dollar they put in and investments start from as low as $300, though no details are available on the number of shares on offer or valuation.

According to Mogul Brewing’s website, it will open in Woolgoolga in January 2024. It comes after the team shared on Facebook in early November that they would “be brewing before November is finished.”


Fox Friday opened its Richmond-based taproom, Fox Friday Melbourne, on December 15.

Moon Dog shared via Facebook that its Footscray venue, Moon Dog Wild West, will open in March 2024. Construction began at the former Franco Cozzo site in late November.

After almost two years of gaining planning permissions, council approvals and building permits, Smart Brothers Brewing is preparing to open its new venue at the end of January 2024. Located in Hastings on the Westernport side of the Mornington Peninsula, the venue will feature a new 10HL custom brew system, the business’s original 200L pilot kit, seating for 100 people and an outdoor beer garden. Smart Brothers Brewing’s current taproom in Somerville will close, with its last night in business being December 23. 


Fox Friday Perth will open in 2024 and is currently hiring. 

Wedgetail Brewing opened its taphouse in Falcon on November 22. The brewery also held an official opening weekend on December 16 and 17.

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