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Sobah Beverages, Australia's First First Nations Owned Beer Business, Is Expanding

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Sobah Beverages, Australia's First First Nations Owned Beer Business, Is Expanding

Sobah Beverages is looking to expand its operations.

The company is Australia's first Aboriginal-owned and led beer company and they're setting their sights on the next phase of their vision.

They launched four years ago and have quickly made a name for themselves in the non-alcoholic beer sector.

What started as a passion project for Clinton and Lozen Schultz out of their food truck on the Gold Coast has now turned into an empire that the likes of Coles and Dan Murphy's are clambering to be a part of.

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The Schultz's zero-alcohol beer is available around the country and in New Zealand, and they're about to launch in Singapore and Hong Kong.

But they need your help to up the ante.

Sobah Beverages is launching an equity crowd fund to raise a million bucks and they've already had 700 investors register their interest.

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Some of the funds will go into a new brewery and brewhouse, while the rest of the money will 'support a native foods cafe, marketplace, gallery and event and wellness spaces'.

Clinton Schultz said: "We want to stay at the front of the market with our new Burleigh brewery, a 'brew café' that champions native foods and culture, and a training facility for young Indigenous people all on the same site, showcasing our brand and our mission.

"Our aim is to get more people drinking and enjoying our non-alcoholic craft beers and to introduce more delicious brews into our range to help do that.

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"We're excited about offering our followers and customers the opportunity to join us as co-owners and to help us fulfil our mission to become Australia's largest and most respected non-alcoholic beverages company."

Expressions of interest closed on September 13 and the investment offer will be presented to everyone who put their hand up before going live to the Australian public.

Clinton credits the success of his brand to breaking down stereotypes and using Aboriginal ingredients, such as Lemon aspen, Finger lime and Pepperberry, in their beers.

He said Sobah's purpose is to 'promote healthy lifestyle choices and wellness and to raise positive awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture'.

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It's hoped their offerings will be able to normalise the sober lifestyle without having to give up drinking beer.

Featured Image Credit: Sobah Beverages/Instagram

Topics: Australia

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