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Carlton and United Breweries
Foster's Brewing Group
Not open to the public (as far as I know)
77 Southbank Boulevard
Melbourne 3053
Telephone: +61 (0) 3 9342 5511
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Opened: 1864

Annual Production: 5,100,000 bbl

U.S. Importer: Century Importers, Reston, VA

Contributors: Mario Kornmesser, Jacob Sjúrður Hansen

Jacob Sjúrdur Hansen reports:

In 1864 Liverpool immigrant Edward Latham bought a bankrupt brewery in Melbourne and named it the Carlton Brewery. In 1884 Latham sold the brewery to Melbourne Brewing Company. In 1903 the Melbourne breweries McCracken (1851), Victoria (1854), Shamrock (1865) and Foster’s (1887) formed the Society of Melbourne Brewers (SMB). Foster’s was established by two brothers from N.Y. City in 1886 but they sold the brewery one year later and went back to the USA. In 1907 SMB merged with the Carlton Brewery to form the Carlton United Breweries (CUB). Over the years CUB bought up many Australian breweries. In 1983 the business giant Elders IXL bought CUB, which was renamed the Foster’s Brewing Group in 1990, later just called the Foster’s Group. Foster Lager is sold in over 135 countries and it is brewed in 8 countries: Australia, Canada, China, England, Germany, Ireland, Spain and Sweden. The Foster’s yeast used today was brought to the Carlton Brewery in 1924 from Professor Jørgensen in Denmark.

Updated: June 25, 2017


Beer List

    • Date: August 18, 2003 (#5084)
      Package: canned
      Place: Peabody's Ale House, Oshkosh WI
      Score: 15 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Golden amber. Huge head. Bready, fruity, earthy aroma. Light body. Big earthy hop flavor, a little spicy. Some grainy caramelly malt flavor. Some bitterness creeps up in the finish. Packaged in a half-liter "oil can".
    • Date: September 12, 1996 (#1568)
      Package: canned
      Place: Kona Wine Market, Kailua-Kona HI
      Score: 13½ points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Brown-amber, low carbonation, big head. Same unusual hop aroma as Coopers Black Crow (20-1566), but not as strong. Bitter-ish, OK body. Hop flavor dominates, but all flavors are subdued compared to Coopers. 25-ounce tube. "Brewed and canned under the supervision of Carlton and United Breweries, Melbourne, Australia, by FBG Breweries, Toronto, Canada...Product of Canada. Union Made."

  • American-Style Light Lager

  • English-Style (Extra Special) Strong Bitter
    4.60% abv.