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The geographical centre of Victoria, Lancefield, will become home to a new brewery within the next 12 months.
A couple of horses that currently call a triangular block at 8-10 The Crescent home will make way for a new brewery, restaurant, and function centre.
The project in the sleepy hamlet was put together by a consortium of 10 locals including Lancefield Guest House operator, Peter Chiller, hardware store proprietor Rob Bryant, along with Bill Balcam who runs Cleveland Winery and has great experience with venues across Victoria.
Update | June 2021
The brewery will be called The Lost Watering Hole and has just received a $1.3M investment from the state government to complete the project.
According to North Central Review the brewery will also sell beers from the Port Campbell-based Sow and Piglets Brewery, a co-investor in the project.
The Lost Watering Hole is expected to open in 2023.
Lancefield /ˈlænsfiːld/ is a town in the Shire of Macedon Ranges local government area in Victoria, Australia 69 kilometres (43 mi) north of the state capital, Melbourne and had a population of 2,357 at the 2011 census.
The area was used by the indigenous aboriginal people as a quarry site for the manufacture of stone axes and was first settled by European squatters in 1837. The main source of these stone tools was at Mount William, to the north east of Lancefield.
A Lancefield Post Office opened on 16 January 1858 in the Romsey/Five Mile Creek area, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) to the south. In 1860 this was renamed Five Mile Creek when Lancefield Post Office opened in the present township.
Lancefield’s elevation and climate made it a popular summer resort in the 1880s. In recent years, many local wineries have been established in the area.
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