2019

Billson’s site restored to include cafe, barber & speakeasy.

2018

Billson’s Brewery releases its first beer after an almost 70 bar hiatus.

2017

Nathan and Felicity Cowan purchase Murray Breweries and re-launch the business with its original name, Billson’s Brewery.

1950’s

Murray Breweries Pty Ltd stops its beer brewing activities but continue to produce the herbal beer Ecks until the 1980’s. Murray breweries never stops making small batch traditional cordials.

1914

Border United Co-operative Breweries Ltd is liquidated and its operations transferred to the newly registered Murray Breweries Pty Ltd. The board of directors included preeminent Beechworth businessman Albert Michael Zwar of the Beechworth Tannery. At the same time, Zwar also created the Melbourne-base soft-drink company Ecks Pty Ltd.

1911

A. A. Billson’s Anglo-Australian Brewery Company merges with George Henry Billson’s Albury Brewing and Malting Company to become the Border United Co-operative Breweries Ltd.

1902

Alfred Arthur Billson pursues a burgeoning political career in the Legislative Assembly and leaves the day to day management of the brewery to a board of management. He remains the chairman.

1895

Billson’s Mild Table is released as a response to the increasing Temperance Movement, which discourages excessive drinking.

1892

A.A. Billson trades as A. A. Billson’s Anglo-Australian Brewery Company.

1888

Always the purist, Alfred Arthur recipe for the Anglo Australian Ale used pure malt and soon the expression “I’ll take a glass of Anglo” was soon heard in every bar from the Murray to the Goulburn River.

1886

Billson’s Brewery is renamed A. A. Billson.

1886

George Billson Snr passes away.

1885

A cordial factory and depot is built in Tallangatta, VIC.

1882

Billson’s launches a robust stout, styled like a London or Dublin porter. This brew was so popular it was crafted well into the mid 1950’s.

1881

Alfred Arthur Billson joins the family business.

1879

George Henry Billson leaves the partnership he had with his father to pursue his own brewery and malting venture in Albury, NSW.