Keeping Local Alive

The Australian beer, hospitality and events industries face an unprecedented threat from COVID-19. The #keepinglocalalive campaign aims to help local businesses make it to the other side.

We're encouraging people to get behind their local breweries and venues and have created a free online resource showcasing what businesses are doing to stay alive. There are also campaign assets for anyone wanting to show their support, including #keepinglocalalive t-shirts, plus a Specialists section for businesses seeking advice and inspiration.

You'll also find features from the local beer community in the Postcards from the Edge series and the People #keepinglocalalive photo stories running on Facebook and Instagram.

The future of local beer – it's in your hands.



Bag some swag!  Show us your swag!  Win a swag full of beer swag!

"What you on about?" you may well ask. Well, it's the first Beer Swag Day – a chance for you to show your love for the local beer industry by showing off all the shirts, stubby holders, beanies, glasses, hoodies, growlers, trucker caps and whatever else you've amassed over the years.

On May 23, #keepinglocalalive is inviting beer lovers across Australia to post photos of themselves and their hauls of beer swag online in support of local beer, breweries, bars and bottleshops. There will be prizes for the best, funniest and most creative posts – including the ultimate prize for a beer lover in isolation: a camping swag for one full of beer and beer merch!

Head here for more


Want to show your support for local beer businesses? We've created a series of assets free for anyone to use online or put up in their venues. 

Download assets here

NB If you wish to incorporate the campaign message or assets in your own campaign or event, please get in touch so we can ensure consistency of message. Cheers!

Postcards from the edge

Postcards from the Edge No.12: The Beer Essentials

April 7th, 2020 by James Smith

Fancy saying thanks to the essential workers helping us get through the COVID-19 pandemic? A new campaign, A Good Beer Always Helps, offers you the chance to do just that while supporting craft brewers too.

Postcards from the Edge No.16: Isolation Degustation

April 16th, 2020 by James Smith

Many beer venues aren't just sending beer and food home through the shutdown, but looking to have fun with it, from "Isolation Degustations" in South Brisbane to classic pub Daily Deals in Port Melbourne.



Looking for ways to keep yourself from watching the news headlines roll in and keep yourself sane? There's plenty of people out there in the beer world scrambling to provide entertainment for you.

Beer Together

In cahoots with Ale of a Time and a growing band of others, we've launched a YouTube channel and are looking to run daily shows covering all manner of beer-related (and less so) topics. Check out the homepage here.

Funky Bunch Trivia

Fifteen years after starting with a single trivia night in Melbourne, Funky Bunch saw their 60-plus weekly pub shows disappear overnight. So they've moved online and you can join them every Wednesday at 7.30pm AEST. Read about it here.

IBA Chats

The Independent Brewers Association are creating more online content on the back of the Virtual Indie Beer Showcase. Keep an eye on their socials and The Crafty Pint Events Diary for details of hosted brewer chats and more.

Take Care

These are difficult times for employees and business owners across the industry. Look after each other. 

For more information or support surrounding mental health issues, you can contact:

Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36

Lifeline on 13 11 14 

* Movember Conversations is a new, interactive tool from the Movember mental health team 

Thanks to Lallemand Brewing for their assistance funding elements of the campaign.

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