‘The micro-brewery industry is flourishing across Australia and we’re going to see a lot more of it but I put the caveat on that in terms of research. We are dependent on these high quality grains and hops that are suitable. Unless we have a strategy that supports agriculture to grow the crops and not have to import both the grain and the hops, then we don’t have an industry. I see it as a flourishing industry but it needs support at a bigger picture level than it’s getting at the moment.’
There are a number of microbreweries in the Inner West, what would be your message to them?
‘Keep going – it’s fabulous! Keep making more beer!’
Greens Leader & Craft Beer Industry Association No. 1 Beer Enthusiast, Christine Milne