Australian Craft Beer Centre of Excellence in Ballarat gives state government $500,000
Ballarat’s position as the beer capital of Victoria has been cemented with the announcement of a $1.2 million Australian Craft Beer Centre of Excellence.
The centre which received $500,000 in state government funding will work in partnership with Hop Temple off Armstrong Street and will include a brewery, a tasting bar, a teaching space and a function area.
The space which was first proposed in Visit Ballarat’s 2014 Destination Management Plan is expected to create up to 25 full time jobs within five years.
Centre director Brian Taylor said the centre would provide a great asset for the city’s professional micro-brewers as well as promote Ballarat as a destination for beer enthusiasts.
“Ballarat’s got a long history of beer and we want to really drive that, especially given the university has the number one beer course in the southern hemisphere,” Mr Taylor said. “Like the wine industry in the past, people want to experience flavour, know where the product has come from and they want a story.”
The centre will partner with Federation University to deliver a range of small courses and programs designed to help educate beer lovers who make the trek to Ballarat.
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