The outpouring of support for the local beer community since the COVID-19 crisis brought much of it to a crashing halt has been incredible. People have been showing off their love for their local pubs, bars, breweries and bottleshops so we thought: "Why not take that up a notch?"
The beer world is a colourful and fun place and it's not just the beer and the people that make it that way. There's the dazzling array of t-shirts, beanies, stubby holders, trucker caps, hoodies, glassware, bottle openers, growlers and more that play their part.
So, inspired by triple j's Ausmusic T-Shirt Day, we launched Beer Swag Day and encouraged everyone to get hold of some swag from their favourite local brewery, bar or bottleshop and show it off on May 23. We even created a #keepinglocalalive t-shirt too.
The day went off, with hundreds of videos and photos posted across Australia and regional winners picked, from which the public voted Sam Beard of Adelaide the ultimate winner of a camping swag full of beer and beer swag.
You can read more about how it all went off here. See you for more shenanigans in 2021!
Pick up some new merch from your favourite local beer businesses (or pull out your existing swag if money's tight right now).
Post photos of your haul online on May 23.
If you're on Instagram use the tags #keepinglocalalive and #beerswagday and make sure you tag the local businesses you're showcasing.
On Facebook, tag the @keepinglocalalive page, the businesses you're showcasing and use the tag #beerswagday.
You can start posting before the big day but we'll be looking at posts on the day when it comes to judging the prizewinners.
We've got a case of local beer and a Keeping Local Alive t-shirt up for grabs for one winner in each Aussie state and the ACT*. We'll be looking for the biggest hauls, the most creative posts, the most amazing pieces of vintage clobber – whatever it takes to impress the team of #keepinglocalalive judges.
The winners* will go forward to a public vote to find the ultimate champion who will win a camping swag filled with beer and merch to be delivered to their door.
There will be one winner of the ultimate prize: the camping swag (pictured above) stuffed with beer and beer swag – and now including a dozen cases of Fury & Son Long Hot Days to be sent to the winner over the course of a year. Human not included.
Donations for the swag so far come from Morrison Brewery, Hawkers, Holgate, Shifty Lizard, Wolf of the Willows, Bad Shepherd, Bogs Footwear, Ocean Reach, Wayward, Grainfed, Feral, Nail, Thunder Road, Gage Roads, Good Beer Week, Yakima Chief Hops, Goodtimes Craft Beer, Mr Banks, Thirsty Merchants with examples of pretty much their entire range, Impi Brewers, Eagle Bay, The DTC, Nowhereman, The Seasonal Brewing Co, Zendoke, Rocky Ridge, Mane Liquor, and with more to come...
If you'd like to add to the haul, drop us a line!
We've lined up a mixed case from each state plus ACT and will be pairing them with a #keepinglocalalive t-shirt. The legends who've put them together are:
Let's see what you've got. Let's celebrate our amazing Aussie beer community. Let's have some fun. Let's continue #keepinglocalalive.
* NB Gaming Control Regulations in the NT mean we can't offer the same prize to entrants there. Instead, we'll add extra merch on top of the Keeping Local Alive t-shirt for the winner of the best NT post.
Thanks to Short Batch / El Loco for their support in getting campaign t-shirts available so fast and reducing their costs too!
The brewery is open Wednesday to Sunday for takeaway sales, including keg hires. Also offering free delivery across Melbourne.4 Joyner Street, Moorabbin VIC
Have launched an online store with free delivery to their local hood for orders above $40. The store includes the entire Caw Range, limited releases and even a dedicated #keepinglocalalive pack. Order before 2pm and you'll receive your cold fresh beer that same day. Even if you're not in the local hood, you can order Ravens beer via the website and they'll post it out to you.1 Theobald Street, Thornbury VIC
Offering free delivery in Melbourne and low rates for further afield.Visit Website
Online store and bottleshop are operating as normal.499 Whitehorse Road Mitcham VIC
The Chelsea business is selling takeaway craft beer along with heat-and-eat meals for home.5/446-450 Nepean Hwy, Chelsea VIC
The bar iw shut but the bottleshop is operating as normal and offering a call and collect service. To order, call the team on 0415 633 364.128 Regent St, Preston VIC
Open from Tuesday to Sunday for takeaway beer and food.386 Reserve Road, Cheltenham VIC
Open for takeaway and growler fills with the online store operating as normal too.468 Bridge Road Richmond VIC
They have plenty of quality beers and packs for you to order online. Delivery throughout Australia. Click n collect in you are in Sydney.9/87 Reserve Rd Artarmon VIC
They're offering discounts on takeaways from their Collingwood venue and have an online store too.306 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC
Online store operating as normal.Visit Website
Online store is up and running and shipping far and wide.Visit Website
The bottleshops are still open and the family-run business has launched same-day delivery for orders within 12 kilometres of Melbourne's CBD. It costs just one dollar too, with orders needing to be made before midday. Order beer here.Visit Website
They suffered through the bushfires and are now missing their winter traffic through Dinner Plain, but the new beers keep coming from Blizzard and you can order them to enjoy them at home via their online store.5 Cattle Pen Drive Dinner Plain Australia VIC
They're offering pickup and home delivery options (free delivery for orders over $50, or over $150 if you're in WA & NT) and they've promised to dig around in the cellar for some special treats to be made available for online purchasers.51 Macbeth Street, Braeside VIC
Selling takeaway tins and growler or corny keg fills from Monday to Thursday midday to 5pm, Friday midday until 8pm and Saturday from 5pm until 8pm. Also delivering food and beer to local suburbs, just call 0421 050 283 to place an order. Menu is available through the brewery's website.5 Bennet Street, Dandenong VIC
Beer and merch available through the brewery's website.86 Parsons St, Kensington VIC
The Fitzroy bar is open for takeaway booze pickups.177 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC
Taproom is open on Friday and Saturdays from midday until 8.30pm for growler fills, takeaway cans and pizza.34 MacBeth Street, Braeside VIC
The pub is offering takeaway booze and food, including delivery, from Tuesday to Sunday. Orders can be placed by calling us on 03 9347 2382 or online. The Brandon bottleshop is still open every day from 12pm until 9pm.237 Station Street, Carlton North VIC
Offering deliveries across the country while the Dandenong Taphouse at the brewery will continue to operate only Thursdays and Fridays from midday to 6pm for takeaways.41 Imagine Way, Dandenong South VIC
Offering free shipping on orders above $100 for everyone in Melbourne's lockdown zone - just use the code LOVELOCKDOWN at checkout.Old Coach House Brewers Lane, 50 Ford Street Beechworth VIC
Venue is open for anyone in the area and offering free delivery to everyone in Melbourne.121 Great Alpine Road, Bright VIC
Open for takeaway sales of booze, food and growler fills, with free delivery to the northern suburbs.648 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC
Open for dinning in and menu items can be purchased as takeaway, please call (03) 5443 3363 if you'd like to order ahead.200 Arnold Street, North Bendigo VIC
The team is offering free delivery of approximately 200 of their best-selling products delivering exclusively to local postcodes. Minimum order of $30 and eligible postcodes include 3056, 3057, 3058, 3068, 3070, 3071, 3072, 3073, 3078, 3079 and 3081. They're offering next day delivery and will deliver Monday through Saturday (sorry no Sunday deliveries at this stage) in the trusty Carwyn Mobile.877 High St, Thornbury VIC
The team at The Cherry Tree Hotel in Cremorne have switched from locals pub to raucous home deliveries complete with sound system and giant flag.
They've also set up a takeaway / grocers store at the pub, selling keg beer in growlers, and have been streaming some of their regular in-pub events to their regulars at home.53 Balmain Street, Cremorne VIC
Open for takeaway beer and wine every day from 11am until 6pm.89 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne VIC
Online and takeaway available.340 Waverley Road, Malvern East VIC
The Dainton range is available online.560 Frankston-Dandenong Road, Carrum Downs VIC
Bottleshop is open as normal and the team have launched free local delivery for orders above $100. Just email email@example.com or call 03 9676 9440.174 Nott Street, Port Melbourne VIC
The brewery has beers, merch, gift cards and even hand sanitisers available through its online store.Visit Website
Head to the online store for the Camberwell bar's packaged beers, tap beers, classic cocktails, natural wines and pub food. Any order placed by 8pm will be delivered that day.2/72 Auburn Parade, Hawthorn East VIC
They're offering free delivery for folks in the Melbourne metro area. To get Exit at your door, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your order.Visit Website
Grab yourself beer and merch online with free local delivery within 10km on all orders over $30. The Hop Stop is open for takeaways and 1 litre Sharer bottles filled straight from the tank.414 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC
Still operating the bottleshop-side of the business with fast and free local delivery. Call their Hopline on 03 8578 2162 to find out more.15 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds VIC
Have opened an online store for packaged beer and offering free delivery within a 4km radius of the brewery. Deliveries are made on Wednesday and Saturdays and you can also pick beer up from the brewery on those days or get your growler filled.12/102 Henkel Street, Brunswick VIC
Online store has the brewery's full range and the team is delivering across Melbourne.Visit Website
The brewery's full range and growler fills can be ordered online.703-707 Plenty Road, Reservoir VIC
Open for takeaway beer sales and the brewery has also launched an online store.25 Station Street, Diamond Creek VIC
Have launched a takeaway menu featuring some of their finest food items. Also have a wide selection of dry goods, milk, eggs, meat and eggs they're selling to the public. Of course, they've got plenty of wine, beer and spirits, too.10 Brighton Rd, St Kilda East VIC
The brewery has created a pop-up bottleshop for pickups direct from the brewery – Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm. There's also free daily local delivery to those in the Yarra Valley and Yarra Ranges via (03) 9739 4562, emailing email@example.com or hitting up their new online store.60/64-86 Beresford Road, Lilydale VIC
Online store is running as normal and the brewery ships across Australia.167 Henty Street, Reservoir VIC
Hop Hen Brewing are offering takeaway beers direct from their Lilydale brewery and online. They're open Wednesday to Saturday and deliver to all Melbourne Metro. You can order by calling (03) 9739 7980 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org/64-86 Beresford Road, Lilydale VIC
Online store is shipping far and wide and the brewery has set up a drive thru that's open Thursday 2pm to 5pm; Friday 3pm to 6pm; Sat & Sun; 1pm to 5pm.6/107-109 Whitehall Street, Footscray VIC
Online and takeaway availableVisit Website
Open for takeaway from Wednesday to Sunday. The online shop is up and running too with free same-day local delivery for surrounding suburbs, click and collect, plus the team is shipping to the rest of Victoria.10A Russell Street, Brunswick VIC
Bottleshop operating from the venue seven days a week from 12pm - 5pm. They're also hitting the road to ensure your fridge is well stocked with same-day delivery, seven days a week for the Mornington Peninsula and its immediate surrounds.12-14 Brasser Avenue, Dromana VIC
KEKOU NOW OFFERING TAKE-AWAY 5 NIGHTS A WEEK. Wed – Sun 4pm-9pm. Contactless pick-up, delivery and payment options available. Free delivery within 3km radius. Wine, pre-batched cocktails and 1L flasks of craft beer.
396 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC
Have a takeaway service at the brewery that's open each Saturday and includes a drive thru service.7/375 Bayswater Road, Bayswater North VIC
They opened a Virtual Cellar Door so you can order beer and have it delivered (free for Melbourne metro). To get the latest stock list, email email@example.com Wingrove St, Alphington VIC
They're offering takeaway with a new system that recognises your car rego as you drive up so they can run out your order while you stay in the car. They're adding an increasing range of ingredients to the Ladro Supermarket.162 Greville St, Prahran, and 224 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC
Cellar door is temporarily closed but the brewery and distillery's webstore is stocked full of beer and spirits.Visit Website
Running as a takeaway bottleshop serving food, with a local delivery service too. You can check the daily menu on Instagram or Facebook every day and call 0477 145 074 to order or order through Mr Yum.581 Sydney Road (3.61 mi) Brunswick VIC
You can still pick up cans, bottles and fancy AF growlers from their new online store. They're offering free delivery within 7km of the brewpub and have teamed up with Proud Mary to include coffee in their packs too. Growler refills will be available Tues to Sat (1pm to 5pm) either delivered or swap 'n' go from the brewery.279 Wellington St, Collingwood. VIC
The Moon Doggers have launched their online beer store offering local same day delivery within 5km of each brewery and national delivery. They've also launched contactless drive-thru at both the Preston (03) 9428 2307 and Abbotsford sites as well as home delivery of food and beers from both spots.Moon Dog OG is at 17 Duke St, Abbotsford. Moon Dog World is at 32 Chifley Dr, Preston VIC
The brewery is opened for takeaway beers and pizzas from Wednesday to Sunday.72 Watt Road, Mornington VIC
Brewery taproom is open Wednesday to Sunday from midday until 5pm and you can buy direct online.12 Hi-Tech Place, Seaford VIC
Have launched a daily Local Express Delivery between 1pm and 7pm daily where the team is delivering drinks to doorsteps within one hour of ordering. Covered suburbs include Altona North, Ascot Vale, Braybrook, Brooklyn, Docklands, Flemington, Footscray, Kensington, Kingsville, Maidstone, Maribyrnong, Moonee Ponds, Newport, North Melbourne, Parkville, Seddon, South Kingsville, Spotswood, Tottenham, Travancore, West Melbourne, West Footscray, Williamstown, Yarraville. The entire Mr West bottleshop range is available online too.Mr West Bar & Bottleshop VIC
The Fitzroy venue is offering takeaway and free home delivery across Melbourne. You can order online at nearfar.bar. The bottleshop is open from Monday to Thursday from 4pm until 8.30pm and Friday to Sunday from 1pm until 8.30pm.373 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC
The online marketplace is offering free delivery on orders above $60 from breweries within a state and flat rates for interstate orders.Visit Website
Free local delivery for neighbouring postcodes and online sales within Victoria via www.otterspromise.com.au. If you need anything, or want to order, email them on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 03 9042 2785.1219 High Street, Armadale VIC
The pub is now delivering fresh produce boxes with the option to add booze which you can order here. From Thursday to Sunday, you can also grab takeaway food and beer from the Palace kitchen between 5pm and 9pm. They've also produced an amazing video about the impact of COVID-19 on pubs.505-507 City Road, South Melbourne VIC
The pub in the Dandenong ranges is offering delivery and takeaway from the bottleshop seven days a week. You can also bring your own growler or bottle and fill from the taps for $9 a litre.249 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Clematis VIC
The magnificent Moonee Ponds venue has a vast range of beers, wines, ciders and spirits for all beverage needs. Drop in and pickup from their bottle shop.22 Young Street, Moonee Ponds VIC
Takeaway beer options from the brewpub plus free local delivery for those unable to head out.
Online and takeaway available.292 Bridge Rd, Richmond VIC
They've setup an online shop to make sure they can get beer to you, including cans, mixed isolation packs and even some hampers and are open for takeaway too. You can also get 15 percent off all cartons by using the code LOCKDOWN.88 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South VIC
Continuing to open as a bottleshop with great deals on growler fills.
Still open and selling takeaway beers and growler fills of the Beer Republic range, with orders details here.
The historic Collingwood pub is now running takeout food and beer, with options for pickup and delivery run entirely by the Robert Burns staff. The menu is available online and to order or call the team on (03) 9417 2233.376 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC
Online and takeaway available.351 Smith Street Fitzroy VIC
Still open as a drive thru and the Mornington Peninsula brewery's online store is up and running.160 Sandy Road, Fingal VIC
Beer and merchandise is available for purchase from the brewery's online store.
The Preston brewpub have launched Cans on the Fly; a local pickup and delivery service offers free delivery to Preston and Thornbury, with a small $5 delivery fee for other suburbs in the area. That includes 1 litre crowlers and 440ml limited release cans. They've also launched Crowler Club, a new subscription service that's available for delivery and local pickup.
Operating for takeaway sales and delivery for locals of both food and beer.
Open for takeaway beer and sales of legendary cheese steaks and offering local delivery.30 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC
The bottleshop remains open and the kitchen staff have started creating meals you can takeaway and enjoy at home.53 Balmain Street, Cremorne VIC
The crew have launched a takeaway and delivery menu for both food and drinks. It's available on their website and you can order by calling (02) 6056 8828.
Have launched a takeaway food service from a revised menu and operating from 12pm to 3pm and 5pm until 9pm each day. Call the pub on 03 93809569 to order or order from the bottleshop, which is still operating as normal.644 Rathdowne St, Carlton North VIC
Their taps are still pouring, but now it's takeaway only. BYO vessel (they'll clean it) and they'll fill it with one of five different beers for you to drink at home. They've also opened their cellar so you can drink some rare gems at home and are offering take-home pies for $8. And they've taken their regular events – including Janet's Sunday Trivia, Local Laughs and Ale Stars - online184 Carlisle Street, St Kilda East VIC
Focusing heavily on 1L crowler takeaways which can be picked up from the brewery.
The Abbotsford pub has teamed up with Richmond's Royston Hotel to launch a shared menu of favourites from both locals. Call (03) 9437 2030 or head here to order and deliveries are available for postcodes 3121 3122 3066 3067.191 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford 3067 VIC
The bottleshop is open seven days a week and the restaurant is also doing takeaway food. The team is also offering free local delivery for orders above $40.Visit Website
Open from Friday to Sunday from 5pm to 9pm selling takeaway food, tinnies and tap beer by the litre. The full menu is available on the pub's website.42 Punt Road, Windsor VIC
The brewing company's online store has beers and merch available.Visit Website
Still operating with takeaway booze and food sales.58 Wellington Parade, Collingwood VIC
The brewery's range is available online.1/2 Trewhitt Court, Dromana VIC
The brewery have set up a drive through; just head around the back of the brewery and pop your boot and the team will load your car with your choice of singles, four and six packs, slabs or growlers. Open EVERY DAY NOW from 4pm to 7pm. They've also set up free delivery on webshop orders in the lead up to Easter and $10 off the top from all Brew Tang Cans and year round releases. Enter TOYOURDOOR at checkout.
Open for takeaway sales from Friday to Sunday from midday until 6pm.
Selling growlers and takeaway beers from the Richmond bar.406 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC
Offering free delivery within 15km of the brewery for orders above $50 and shipping further afield too.G09/12 Star Circus, Docklands VIC
Open for takeaway and they are offering free delivery for orders above $40 to Healesville plus free delivery to Melbourne or Geelong if you buy a case. Call (03) 5962 1409, email email@example.com or send them a message on Facebook to make an order. Keep an eye on the Watts River Facebook for regular livestream gigs.
The South Melbourne crew are launching our online store via theirwebsite for all things Westside from all takeaway beers in the R&D fridge, to their hand-stretched, customisable pizzas. They're delivering too.36 Alfred St, South Melbourne VIC