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The home of Geelong’s own Furphy Refreshing Ale, the Little Creatures Brewery, will expand its operations for the third time in five years, creating ten new jobs and improving the site’s energy efficiency.
Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula visited the brewery to announce the Victorian Government’s support for the Brewery’s $11 million investment project.
Little Creatures’ Head Brewer Jody Thomas welcomed the grant from the Victorian Government, which will enable the installation of a 651-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system.
“This new solar array will produce about 25 per cent of the annual energy use at Little Creatures” Thomas said.
“Over the past few years, Little Creatures has become a much-loved Geelong institution, with a big focus on supporting the local region.
“As we continue to expand the brewery’s production and footprint, we are mindful of doing the right thing by the environment, and we are really proud to partner with the State Government to lower our carbon emissions and create some new employment opportunities at the same time.”
In addition to the new solar array, Little Creatures Geelong will establish a new multi-purpose, all-weather facility, which will support local tourism and support other small businesses by showcasing local producers.
Minister Pakula said the Victorian Government was thrilled to back Little Creatures to expand and in the Geelong region.
“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.”
Along with brewing award-winning beer, The Little Creatures Brewery precinct is a fantastic collection of beer-inspired venues and experiences, including brewery tours, the Canteen serving exceptional meals and drinks, the White Rabbit Barrel Hall and the recently opened Furphy Hall.