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Mega brewery now open thanks to some mega funding and hard work of Lancefield locals

Words by Anthea Riskas
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The Lost Watering Hole is open in the Macedon Ranges town of Lancefield. The angular design of the venue, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, has been constructed from the ground up to house the Lancefield Brewery, bar, restaurant and function space, and has already built a sense of excitement amongst the locals.

The huge project also carries with it an air of expectation to deliver jobs and tourists to the area, having had a major funding injection of $1.3 million from the State government.

In geology circles, the Lancefield Swamp has been on the world map for over a century, thanks to the discovery of thousands of fossilised bones, and in particular several species of Australian megafauna that include a rhinoceros-sized wombat, a giant kangaroo and an enormous flightless bird.

Taking this rich history and running with it, the Lancefield Brewery core range of beers are already on the market and the first four iterations have been named after these Pleistocene predecessors and include an IPA, Dark Ale, Draught and Pale Ale.

Head brewer Julian originally hails from Bochum in Germany and can regularly be seen on the brewery’s social media channels, breaking down the essence of each brew and proudly explaining that the beers are unfiltered, additive-free and rely on just the four simple ingredients of water, malt, hops and yeast.

The capacity of production though, once fully operational, is set to be just as epic as the creatures on the labels, with the facilities primed to can over 100,000 litres of beer annually and create over a dozen employment opportunities within the town.

You can also sample the beers at Verdure Bistro Romsey, Woodend’s Victoria Hotel or the Lancefield Lodge.


WHAT: Brewery, bar & restaurant
WHERE: Lancefield
WHEN: Open Now
FIND OUT MORE: The Lost Watering Hole

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