Cash flows in for beer

COMMUNITY EFFORT: Ken Whytcross, Louise Mulligan, Stuart Whytcross, Kurt Bandy, Neil Findlay and Allison Prentice are delighted with the response so far to the Barellan Beer Project.

COMMUNITY EFFORT: Ken Whytcross, Louise Mulligan, Stuart Whytcross, Kurt Bandy, Neil Findlay and Allison Prentice are delighted with the response so far to the Barellan Beer Project.

BIG things are brewing at Barellan.

Hobby brewer Stuart Whytcross came up with the idea to handcraft Barellan Beer five years ago, but only recently put the call out for community support.

A few weeks in and it already looks as though they will easily surpass the $15,000 target set for the project. On Friday the tally was close to $13,000.

Mr Whytcross is not really surprised by the response and hopes it continues.

"I would never have started the project if I didn't think the community would get behind it," he said.

"I guess I have been surprised at the level of support. I kind of pictured that most of our supporters would be happy to buy a six pack or case.

"But it's the packages that require direct involvement that have been most popular. For instance our Brewers Packages were the first ones to sell out, and tickets for our recipe tasting and branding night are also very popular. "Our supporters want to be actively involved in the project, which is really fantastic."

While support is still needed, Mr Whytcross said the diverse demographics of support had surprised him.

"We have people from right across Australia, people who have previously worked in the area, had family that once lived here, played footy for a season or even just driven past the town," he said.

"I've also been blown away by the support of other local businesses and communities. I was at Guildfords transport in Leeton to pick up our Barellan malt, fresh from the malt house in Melbourne. When I went to get the invoice, Craig (Guildford) said that they would cover it as they knew the malt was going into a community project. Together with Dave Mumford from King Bee Honey who did the same thing for us with the transport from farm to depot we've paid very little for freight.

Already on board is the Australian Beer Company in Yenda, who will be assisting with the brewing and packaging of the beer. "I've visited many breweries around the world and this one is by far the most spectacular and technologically advanced. All the guys there have been brilliant in assisting us and we are excited to have them on board with our unique project. Best of all it's right on our doorstep, so it fits our local community theme," he said. "We're not even halfway yet and pledges are starting to come more frequently as the word spreads."

You can get behind the ambitious project by pledging at barellanbeer. com.au or buying a ticket to the official launch party, which will be on October 3.

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