Brewery donation boost for Budgeree

Budgeree Hall Commitee spokesperson Leanne Potter (right). Note: the building pictured here is not the Budgeree Hall. file photograph

Budgeree Hall Commitee spokesperson Leanne Potter (right). Note: the building pictured here is not the Budgeree Hall. file photograph

People hiring out the Budgeree Hall can thank dedicated beer drinkers who knocked-back 2000 litres of craft brew for a brand-new industrial oven.

Little Gippsland Brewing Company donated the new oven to the Budgeree Hall in the brewery's first donation from its Community Beer Project.

Brewer Dylan Berends said the project was a way for the start-up craft brewery to put back into the Gippsland community by donating its profits to worthy local causes.

"Budgeree is getting the profits from 2000 litres of beer," he said.

"People can know they are helping the community by sitting back and relaxing over a beer."

The local brewers rang the Budgeree Hall committee out of the blue to let them know they were up for the first round of donations.

"We approached Latrobe City Council to find out about local community groups and which groups had been active and we found Budgeree," Mr Berends said.

He said they chose the small community hall to help them cater for local events held at the venue.

"This will help with catering and functions which bring a lot of people into the area who then stay in local accommodation and spend their money in the surrounding community," he said.

Budgeree Hall committee spokesperson Leanne Potter said they had recently received a $20,000 grant to rebuild the hall kitchen from the Foundation for Regional and Rural Revival.

However, the grant did not include funding for new kitchen appliances.

She said the hall had been booked out every weekend by people hosting birthdays and weddings.

"The kitchen is very old and the surfaces are cracked and exposing the chipboard underneath. We just have a basic domestic stove that's unsuitable for catering," she said.

"People are attracted to the beautiful environment in Budgeree. They can camp overnight and not have to worry about driving after a few drinks."

Ms Potter said the committee would close the hall for a month to start renovations.

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