By Aleksandra Bliszczyk
Lancefield is one step closer to having its own beer, after a Lancefield brewery received a $200,000 State Government investment.
The Lost Watering Hole will be an independent brewery, restaurant and café catering to 100 patrons, located opposite the Lancefield Guesthouse on The Crescent.
In addition to brewing its own range of craft beers, the brewery will also sell beers from the Port Campbell-based Sow and Piglets Brewery, a co-investor in the project.
The complex will incorporate production and packaging facilities, including canning and labelling lines that will enable the brewery to produce up to 100,000 litres of beer each year and creating more than a dozen jobs.
The funding will be delivered over two years from the government’s Regional Jobs Fund, which is part of the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund.
Minister for Regional Development and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas said the new business would be a key attraction in Lancefield, adding that breweries were ‘huge destinations’ that attracted big crowds.
“The Macedon Ranges is rightly developing a reputation as an artisan food and drink destination,” she said.
“This exciting investment will continue to bolster the region’s appeal while also creating much-needed jobs, making it an even better place to live, work, visit and invest.”
Ms Thomas called the business a win for both Lancefield and Romsey communities as it would draw tourists to the eastern part of the Macedon Ranges.
“It will be no surprise for the shire and for me as the local member, that we often hear from our constituents in Romsey and Lancefield about sometimes feeling a little bit left out [but] what I love about this project is it puts the eastern corridor firmly on the map,” she said.
“It’s about the Melbourne-Lancefield road and the traffic that comes up that way from the city.
“This will be a destination that will attract visitors and tourists from right across Victoria and indeed interstate, and will provide a great place for locals to gather as well, and that’s great for everyone.”
The building design, which Ms Thomas called ‘striking’ and something that would generate interest, has also been confirmed.
It will sit slightly elevated above Main Road, featuring ceiling-high windows, a large deck, a sweeping driveway and off-street car parks.
The name and branding of the brewery also draw upon Lancefield’s reputation for having one of the richest deposits of megafauna fossils in Australia.
It aims to build on this tourism and paleontological appeal, while indirectly promoting the annual megafauna festival, Extinct.
Construction on the Lost Watering Hole will begin soon, with investors hoping to have the brewery open by Christmas this year.