A new Bluetongue Brewery is underway at Warnervale on the NSW Central Coast, with the first turning of the soil by NSW Premier Nathan Rees today (December 5).
With an initial annual capacity of 50 million litres, the new $120-million brewery will be expandable to 150 million litres over time, making it the state’s second largest brewery.
The Bluetongue Brewery will employ up to 120 people, including those from the existing Bluetongue Brewery in Newcastle, and the site is set to become a leading tourist attraction in the region.
It is one year since Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) acquired Bluetongue Brewery, which now falls within the Pacific Beverages portfolio — the joint venture between CCA and SABMiller.
CCA chief executive Terry Davis said the new brewery will further support their entry into the premium beer market in Australia.
“The support of our major customers will enable us to continue to grow our share of the premium beer market and be well on track to meet our objective of becoming the third force in beer in Australia,” he said.
It comes on the back of a successful year for Bluetongue Brewery, also recently picking up Craft Beer of the Year at the Australian Liquor Industry Awards (ALIA).