Cheers to new jobs for Ballarat's 'brew space'

Published: 1 March 2017

An Australian Craft Beer Centre of Excellence will be established in Ballarat, creating 25 new jobs benefiting beer enthusiasts, locals and tourists alike keen to sample the region's finest brew.

The new Australian Craft Beer Centre of Excellence will include a craft brewery, a beer tasting and bar area, a teaching space and a function area which will attract a broad range of visitors.

A key feature of the centre will be the 'brew space', where small brewers  will be able to receive advice on how to improve their brewing technique, develop their business and test the market which will help niche brewers expand.

The Australian Craft Beer Centre of Excellence is working closely with Federation University, which has been leading brewing education for more than 45 years, to develop suitable training courses to be delivered through the centre.

The Victorian Government's Regional Tourism and Infrastructure Fund (RTIF) is investing in growing the visitor economy across regional Victoria by facilitating the development of iconic regional tourism projects that create world-class tourism experiences and boost the regional economy.

The visitor economy is crucial to the future economic development of regional and rural Victoria with the sector contributing $11.5 billion to the regional economy and generating 114,400 jobs annually.