Last updated March 2022

The Barley Australia Preferred List is updated annually by Barley Australia as a guide to industry on market preferred varieties.

Barley varieties on the Preferred List are determined by marketing companies who are members of Barley Australia and reflect those malting varieties which, in their opinion, are sought by purchasers of Australian malting barley. A new variety accreditation does not mean the variety will be a Preferred Variety until market demand is established.

‘Domestic’ is demand by domestic brewers for malting varieties.

‘Export’ is demand by export brewers for malting varieties.

Our trade may purchase malting barleys for either sale to domestic malthouses, or for export.

Our Australian malthouses malt for both domestic brewers and for export brewers

It is recommened that growers of malting barley should contact their marketers of choice, storage company and consultant agronomists, prior to making any variety sowing decisions.

Preferred Malting Barley Varieties by Market Demand – Domestic Australian Brewing + Export Brewing by state

Variety Domestic Brewing Demand Export Brewing Demand
Commander Medium Medium
Compass Low Low
Maximus CL Market Developing
Variety Domestic Brewing Demand Export Brewing Demand
Compass Low Low
La Trobe Low High
Maximus CL Market developing
RGT Planet High High
Spartacus CL High High
Variety Domestic Brewing Demand Export Brewing Demand
Compass Low Low
La Trobe Medium
Maximus CL Market developing
RGT Planet Medium High
Spartacus CL High High
Westminster Low Low
Variety Domestic Export Demand Export Brewing Demand
Compass Medium Low
Maximus CL Markets developing
RGT Planet Medium High
Spartacus CL High High

Variety Domestic Brewing Demand Export Brewing Demand
Bass High
Flinders Medium
La Trobe Low
Maximus CL Low (increasing) – Market developing
RGT Planet High
Spartacus CL High