Sector: Industrial / Winery / Distillery
Client: Beechworth Brewery
Services: Master Planning; Architecture; Interior Design; Alterations & Additions
The Beechworth Brewery was built in 1865 by Edward Billson’s great great grandfather. The brewery used spring water from a wellhead on the site to brew premium beers.
The Billson family moved out of brewing and into politics after the Great War and divested themselves of the brewery.
One hundred years later the brewery was no longer brewing and had become moribund. It was sold and the new owners were delighted to be able to work with the great great grandson of the original owners to revitalise the heritage buildings and return the site to its original use, as well as spring water sales, cordial making and the addition of a distillery for gin, vodka and whisky, all under the Billson label. The addition of a cafe and a whisky bar completes the space.
MAP’s considerable experience designing wineries, distilleries and front of house sales areas, bars and restaurants, as well as working with heritage buildings, was of great benefit on the project, although this is the first time MAP has designed a brewery.
The resulting building have become a focal point for both the local community as well as the substantial influx of tourists to the area.