Craft beer community raises funds for bushfire relief

The craft beer community has a track record of working together to help in a crisis, and as bushfires ravage vast parts of Australia, it is no different.

The craft beer community has a track record of working together to help in a crisis, and as bushfires ravage vast parts of Australia, it is no different, with breweries such as Kaiju donating $10,000 to the National Bushfire Disaster Appeal, Tallboy & Moose brewery staff donating all tips to the CFA and NSW Rural Fire Service, and Liquor Barons in Perth’s Bull Creek raffling off highly sought-after beers for the cause. Here are some craft beer bars and events where you can help raise funds for bushfire relief and support the communities and wildlife devastated by this unprecedented disaster.


January 8

Bar Josephine
295 Barkly St, Footscray 
Bushfire Relief Tinnies & Taps
This Wednesday the Footscray bar is doing a $6 tinnie lucky dip with all the cash going to bushfire funds. There’s some excellent stuff in there, you might even walk away with a tin worth $28! Moon Dog Brewery are also donating a keg of Pale Ale with 100% of the cash going to bushfire funds. And all tips for the month of January will be going to charity, matched dollar for dollar by the bar.

Money raised so far at Bar Josephine for bushfire relief. Image: Facebook

January 10

Bar Josephine
295 Barkly St, Footscray 
CoConspirators Bushfire Fundraiser
The good folks at CoConspirators have donated a Matriarch keg to help raise money for bushfire relief! This will be tapped on Friday with 100% of money raised going to bushfire relief funds.

January 10

Bar SK
90 Smith St, Collingwood
CFA + WIRES Fundraiser 
Collingwood’s indie video game and craft beer destination, Bar SK will be raising funds for the CFA and WIRES Wildlife Rescue with an event on Friday from 2pm. Melbourne independent breweries Hop Nation, Fixation, Otherside Brewing and Burnley Brewing have supplied karma kegs and cans and Bar SK will donate all sales to charity.

WIRES Wildlife Rescue are helping animals injured in the bushfires. Image: Facebook

January 10

306 Smith St, Collingwood
Boatrocker Tap Showcase + Sternweisse 2020 Launch
Beermash returns in 2020 with a tap showcase of one of Australia’s finest, Boatrocker Brewers & Distillers. Indulge yourself as the crew from Boatrocker join us to launch Sternweisse 2020, alongside some of their decadent barrel-aged series, and hand crafted spirits. ALL sales from the Boatrocker Pilsner tap will be donated to help support CFA (Country Fire Authority) + WIRES.

January 10

2/13 Adelphi Blvd, Point Cook / 78 Pier St, Altona
Crush the Keg Bushfire Relief Fund
Hopheads’ two stores in Melbourne’s west are both raising funds to support those in need: “Join us at either one of our stores for our ‘Crush the Keg’ Bushfire Relief Fund. We will have selected kegs on with 100% of the profit going towards the CFA. With everything going on, we want to do our part the only way we know how – by selling beers. So get your beer drinking crew together and come down this Friday to support a very important cause.”

January 18

Mr West Bar & Bottleshop
106 Nicholson St, Footscray 
Raise A Glass! – Bushfire Relief Fundraiser
Footscray bar Mr West is collaborating with suppliers and producers to host a fundraising event on Saturday January 18 from 1pm-1am to raise money to support firefighters and all those affected by the devastating bushfires. They are putting together a special menu of delicious beer, cider, wine & spirits provided by Hop Nation, Tallboy and Moose, Hills Cider, Collective Arts Distilling, Boomtown Winemakers Cooperative, Xavier Goodridge, Puncheon Bottles, Yugen Wines, Savant Spirits, Vanguard Luxury Brands/ The Gospel Whiskey, Mextrade Australia with all proceeds to be donated to the CFA and Wildlife Victoria. Mr West staff will also be happily giving up their tips and a donation jar will be on the bar for any further donations.

January 19

The Mill House
277-279 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
Drink Up – A Fire Benefit Fundraiser
This city bar is raising funds for Red Cross Australia on Sunday January 19 from 3pm-8pm. “In order to help those affected by the fires, five of the rowdiest and loudiest bars in Melbourne have come together for Drink Up, with Heartbreaker, Black Pearl, Ends & Means, The Rum Diary Bar and Hats & Tatts jumping behind the stick at The Mill House. Each bar will be serving their signature cocktail for $16, boilermakers for $16, beers and wines for $9. This is our chance to help those who have been left with nothing. Rebuilding our communities will take months even years and this is just the start of the journey to healing the devastation of what most people can only imagine. Please come down and spend time with friends and loved ones and enjoy our time together while doing some good for others who so desperately need our help right now.”


January 12

The Rifle Brigade Hotel
137 View St, Bendigo
To support those affected by the current fires across Australia, Blackthorn is hosting a benefit gig at The Rifle Brigade with Mick Thomas (WPA), Mast Gully Fellers, Four Lions Duo, Band of Cloud Duo & Oombah Duo. All funds will be donated to the Victoria Bushfire Disaster Appeal & Warriors 4 Wildlife. Craft breweries Kaiju!, Holgate Brewhouse, and Brookes Brewing have also donated kegs to the event with funds going to the appeal.

Torquay, VIC

January 19

Bomboras Bar
47 The Esplanade, Torquay
Bushfire Relief Fundraiser
From 2-6pm this Torquay bar will be selling beer from breweries including Blackman’s Brewery, Moon Dog and more with the event’s entire takings going to bushfire relief. They will also be running raffles with prizes from local businesses. Check out their Facebook page and Instagram for more info.


January 11-12

Dutch Trading Company

243 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park
Bushfire Relief Karma Kegs
Perth craft beer bar DTC is putting on event to raise funds for the crisis. “With some great local brewery friends, we are trying to do our bit to provide much needed funds for the Citizens and Fire Fighters affected by this devastation. Next weekend, we will be tapping several Karma kegs with 100% proceeds to go towards a nominated charity. Come down and show support by purchasing a beer or two from these kegs, even just straight up donate!!”

Liquor Barons
Shop 8/110 Parry Ave, Bull Creek WA
Raffle For NSW Rural Fire Service
Liquor Barons in Bull Creek is raffling off 3 highly sought-after beers from US brewery Anchorage: A Deal With The Devil Barley Wine, Darkest Hour Imperial Stout and Endless Ending. For $20 you get one ticket in the draw, so get in now! Raffle drawn on February 9. Grab tickets here.