Beloved beer under threat from upstart wines and ciders

Wine or beer? Kathy Farquhar and Gary Carter take their pick after an ABS survey has found wine is becoming Australia’s drink of choice.
Wine or beer? Kathy Farquhar and Gary Carter take their pick after an ABS survey has found wine is becoming Australia’s drink of choice. Luka Kauzlaric

A COLD beer is still the nation's most-consumed alcoholic beverage, but may not be for much longer.

A recent Australian Bureau of Statistics study has found wine is fast becoming the tipple of choice for most Australians, including Gladstonites.

Between 2011-12 a whopping 75.6 million litres of beer was consumed - a decline from 77.3 million litres between 2010-11.

Wine consumption has increased from 68 million litres to 69.3 million litres between 2010-2012.

In Gladstone, Cellarbrations Diceys has seen a spike in the number of red and white wine sales over the past five years.

"Wine is very much a drink of choice across the board," sales assistant Michelle Lloyd said.

"A lot of people are buying pinot, cab sav and shiraz in the reds and sparkling and moscato in the whites."

The study also found cider consumption was on the rise - and Michelle agreed.

"Cider is massive in Gladstone. We are seeing a lot more purchases," she said.

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