Big things brewing at Tooborac Hotel
10 July 2014
A growing appreciation for fine beer is creating new jobs for Tooborac locals.
The Nationals candidate for Euroa Steph Ryan today invited Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh to Tooborac to officially open an expansion of the Tooborac Hotel’s microbrewery.
“The Tooborac Hotel’s microbrewery is experiencing incredible growth, with a 40 per cent increase in production expected this year,” Ms Ryan said.
“It is a wonderful example of the world-class food and beverage produced by this region.
“As one of the oldest hotels in Australia, the building showcases the region’s history, as well as attracting a growing number of beer aficionados to the region.”
Proprietors James and Val Carlin opened the brewery by converting the hotel’s old Cob & Co stable in 2010.
“Their decision recently to semi-automate their production process means the brewery is now capable of producing 2,400 litres of beer or 8,000 bottles a day,” Ms Ryan said.
“It is also providing employment opportunities in the region, creating an additional four full time jobs and bringing the hotel’s total staff to 18.
“I congratulate James and Val on this great achievement – their vision and ingenuity is a great demonstration of what can be achieved.”
Mr Walsh said craft beer was a growing niche market, as more people moved towards a premium product.
“The craft beer market is growing in Australia, with an estimated 35 microbreweries in Victoria,” Mr Walsh said.
“Real opportunities exist for Victorian producers as we become known around the world for our fine quality food, wine and beer.”
Ms Ryan also convened a roundtable of wine producers in Heathcote to give growers an opportunity to discuss export opportunities with Minister Walsh.