WA brewing company Little Creatures is planning an $11 million expansion of its Geelong brewery, with support from the Victorian Government, which will result in the creation of 10 new jobs.
The Lion-owned brewer of the iconic Furphy Refreshing Ale, has been in operation in Geelong for just six years and but its brewery and hospitality operations has become a major tourist attraction in the area.
The company will expand the current site to include a new space for community activities.
It will also install a 651-kilowatt solar PV system to reduce its energy bill.
The Geelong brewery opened in 2013, following the renovation of an old woollen mill. The company has already invested more than $60 million in the site.
Founded in 1999 in Fremantle, Little Creatures produces Furphy Refreshing Ale, Little Creatures, James Squire and Byron Bay Brewery brands. Its 70-strong team helps the Geelong brewery produce 30 million litres of beer a year.
“We’re proud to back this locally-operated manufacturing and hospitality business to be able to expand and create new jobs in Geelong, while investing in renewable energy to help make the business more sustainable,”
Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula said.
“Little Creatures’ new indoor facilities will provide a great weatherproof space for markets and events, supporting other local businesses and helping to grow the number of visitors to the region.”