FREQUENTLY
ASKED
QUESTIONS

WHEN WAS THE ASSOCIATION OF ‘INDEPENDENT BREWERIES OF AUSTRIA’ FOUNDED?

The association was founded in February 2021.

HOW MANY MEMBERS DOES THE ASSOCIATION CURRENTLY HAVE?

The association currently has 45 independent brewery members:

 

3 PRINZEN – ISCHLER BIER (S), BRAU BOUTIQUE (OÖ), AFFENBEREGER BIO BIER (STK), BRAUEREI ASPACH (OÖ), BRAUEREI BAUMGARTNER (OÖ), DIE WEISSE (S), DOK'S BREWERY (NÖ), BIEROL (T), BRAUEREI EGG (V), BRAUEREI SCHLOSS EGGENEBERG (OÖ), PRIVATBRAUEREI EGGER (NÖ), FORSTAUERS HOFBRÄU (STK), BRAUEREI HÖLZL (NÖ), BRAUEREI FRASTANZ (V), BRAUCOMMUNE IN FREISTADT (OÖ), GABLITZER PRIVATBRAUEREI (NÖ), GAMINGER KARTAUSENBRÄU (NÖ), PRIVATBRAUEREI GOLS (B), BRAUEREI GRIESKIRCHEN (OÖ), PRIVATBRAUEREI HIRT (K), BRAUEREI HOFSTETTEN (OÖ), HUBER BRÄU (T), HUBERTUS BRÄU (NÖ), KIESBYE NATURBRAUEREI (S), BIERMANUFAKTUR LONCIUM (K), MOHRENBRAUEREI (V), BRAUEREI MURAU (STK), NASSAUER CITY BIER (STK), OTTAKRINGER BRAUEREI (W), PINZGAU BRÄU (S), BRAUEREI RIED (OÖ), RÖMERBRÄU AUSTRIA (OÖ), STIFTSBRAUEREI SCHLÄGL (OÖ), BIERBRAUEREI SCHREMS (NÖ), SPECHT BIERBRAUEREI (NÖ), STARKENBERGER BIER (T), STIEGLBRAUEREI ZU SALZBURG (S), STIEGL-GUT WILDSHUT (S), THE BEER BUDDIES (OÖ), TRUMER PRIVATBRAUEREI (S), WEITRA BRÄU (NÖ), WIENEUBRAÜ (NÖ), WIMITZ BRÄU (K), ZILLERTAL BIER (T), PRIVATBRAUEREI ZWETTL (NÖ)

 

Carinthia (K)

Lower Austria (NÖ)

Upper Austria (OÖ)

Salzburg (S)

Styria (STK)

Tyrol (T)

Vienna (W)

Vorarlberg (V)

 

The aim is for the association to continue to grow and one day unite as many independent Austrian breweries as possible under its umbrella.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE ASSOCIATION?

The purpose of the association is to honour independent Austrian breweries. All members share a common interest in visibly distinguishing themselves from large international corporations as independent Austrian private breweries.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE SEAL?

The seal is a source of information and orientation for beer connoisseurs so that they can better judge the true identity of the beers available in shops and restaurants. The seal reveals who is behind the beer.

HOW LONG HAS THE SEAL EXISTED?

The seal has been officially in use since mid-September 2021 and will gradually become visible on all bottles and cans from member companies.

WHAT DISTINGUISHES AUSTRIA'S INDEPENDENT BREWERIES FROM LARGE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATIONS?

The association of Independent Breweries of Austria is made up of superior traditional and family breweries based in Austria. They pay 100 percent of their taxes in Austria. They have a multi-generational perspective, rather than a focus on short-term profit. Beer connoisseurs decide with their purchase of member breweries’ beer to keep the added value in Austria instead of it going abroad.

WHAT DOES 100% INDEPENDENT MEAN?

The members of the ‘Independent Breweries of Austria’ association are owner-managed Austrian companies. They are not under the influence of international corporates, headquartered elsewhere. They make their own decisions and their headquarters are located exclusively in Austria.

IS IT POSSIBLE FOR CONTRACT BREWERIES TO BECOME MEMBERS?

No, contract breweries are not able to be members. A fixed business location in Austria is a criterion for admission.

AT WHAT PRODUCTION LEVEL DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATION?

Membership of ‘Independent Breweries of Austria’ makes sense even for the smallest brewery. The more breweries that join, the better known the seal becomes. The motto is to join forces to collectively strengthen all members.