Red Back Beer labelThe Old Ballarat Brewery in Victoria and the Sail and Anchor Pub Brewery in Western Australia were the first  to challenge the dominance of the big brewers. The Sail and Anchor team then opened the  Matilda Bay Brewing Company in 1985. Starting with its own pub in Freemantle, the company went on to produce the popular Redback wheat beer in 1987. It gained a national market. The boutique brewers were subsequently acquired by the Fosters Group.>>A Short History of Craft Beer