RAINBOW Brewery’s owner hopes to have beer on tap within two months.
Shane Brown has been working to develop the business since buying land in Federal Street about three years ago.
Construction at the site started late last year, and Mr Brown initially hoped to be producing beer in February.
However he said delays with fabricators and builders had set the project back.
“We’re working through those – it was a domino effect of trades,” he said.
“Because the shed hadn’t been finished, we couldn’t get the concreter in. Then when we we ready, he was booked up.
“We will fire up the small brewhouse in the coming weeks, and have some of our beer on tap within the next six to eight weeks.”
The brewery will have the capacity to produce 40,000 litres of beer a week once fully operational.
Initially it will producer lager, pale ale, dry and draught varieties.
Mr Brown said both the brewery’s small and large brewhouses – which were shipped from China earlier this year – were on site.
“We'll have it all in situe in the next two to three weeks,” he said.
“Then once we have confirmation from Powercor on the new substation installation, we'll be able to get an engineer in to put all the pieces together.
“The slab has been a huge investment – that has cost us about $80,000.
“The doors and windows will go in next week. It will look great.
“We have to be in a position by making beer in the first week of November – we've set that date as we need to be getting a return on the investment.
“In the background we’ve got merchandise happening, including t-shirts and stubby holders.”
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Mr Brown – who is based in Melbourne – also owns the Eureka Hotel in Rainbow, which reopened on Wednesday after extensive renovations.
It came after a ‘soft opening’ on Saturday.
“We’ve basically gone through and refurbished the entire pub,” Mr Brown said.
“We have new accommodation, there are brand new beds and mattresses, we’ve re-carpeted, and it’s been fully painted inside.
”The only thing we haven't done is give the kitchen a touch-up.
“We will do a full refurbishment over the course of the next two months.
“It’s looking a bit industrial on the outside, but the inside is really starting to take shape.
“That has been the priority at the moment. We didn’t want to open the brewery before that.
“We had a couple of kegs on for the locals at the weekend, and I gave them a summary of what we’re doing at the brewery.”
Mr Brown said Rainbow residents had offered a lot of support with the renovations.
“The town has been phenomenal,” he said.