Swan (beer)

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Introduced1908 by Swan Brewery
Alcohol by volume 4.0%
StyleAustralian lager

Swan is a beer brand owned by Lion Nathan. It was originally brewed by the Swan Brewery in Western Australia, but brewing was moved to South Australia in 2013 and to New South Wales in 2021. On 4 August 2022, it was announced that some of the brewing of Swan Draught, but not the Emu varieties, would be moved back to Western Australia, at the Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle.[1]


Swan Draught bottle (stubbie) 4.4% ABV
  • Swan Draught is a mild Australian lager, with a medium bitter flavour and a full body (4.4% alc/vol). It has been in production since 1857.
  • Swan Gold - a mid-strength lager, with a small head and a quiet bitter aroma (3.5% alc/vol). Production commenced in 1978. Ended 2003. Swan Gold was relaunched in 2023.[2]
  • Emu Bitter is a full-strength Australian lager (4% alc/vol). The recipe has not changed since it was first launched in 1923[3]
  • Emu Export is a medium bittered and full-bodied Australian lager (4.2% alc/vol), first launched in 1954.[4]
  • Emu Draft is a mid-strength lager (3.0% alc/vol). It has been in production since 1992

Former products[edit]

  • Swan Stout - a unique stout naturally brewed using a centuries-old brewing style (7.4% alc/vol).
  • Swan Export Lager - production commenced in 1933
  • Swan Premium Lager - released following Australia II winning the America's Cup in 1983.
  • Swan Special Light - a fully brewed low alcohol (0.9%) beer released in July 1984.[5]
  • Swan Skol
  • Phipson's Australian Pilsner - produced by Swan Brewery for export in the late 1930s and continued into the 1940s
  • Hannan's Lager
  • 1857 Bitter - a mid-strength lager (3.5% alc/vol). Production commenced in March 1996.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mutton, Troy (4 August 2022). "It's Coming Home: Swan Draught Is Back To Being Brewed In WA After Years Over East". Perth Is OK. Retrieved 16 January 2023.
  2. ^ "Swan Gold Is Back". Lion Corporate. 31 August 2023. Retrieved 25 September 2023.
  3. ^ Newspaper advertisement for Emu Bitter from 1933 "DEMAND W. A. PRODUCTS "EMU BITTER" 100 Per Cent. Pure". The Mirror. Perth: National Library of Australia. 28 October 1933. p. 16. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  4. ^ Item from the australianbeers website – http://webarchive.nla.gov.au/awa/20020828140000/http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/13673/20020829-0000/www.australianbeers.com/beers/emu_export/emu_export.htm
  5. ^ Malcolm Brown (4 July 1984). "This Swan Won't Fly; it's not a beer here". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 1.