Big grant for Exmouth brewery

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Paul Minniear and Justin Fuery at Whalebone Brewing Company.
Camera IconPaul Minniear and Justin Fuery at Whalebone Brewing Company. Credit: Pilbara News, Shannon Beattie

One of Exmouth’s breweries is set to double production and distribution of its local craft beer after receiving a grant of more than $200,000 from the State Government.

Whalebone Brewing Company received $216,470 as part of the Regional Economic Development Grants which will be used for a bigger brewing operation and canning system.

Owner Paul Minniear, pictured with Justin Fuery, said the canning system would allow them to distribute their product outside of the venue.

“Once people have come to Exmouth and enjoyed our beer, they want to buy it down in Perth,” he said.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the grant would allow Whalebone to widen distribution of their product throughout the Gascoyne region.

Whalebone is looking to bring on extra staff to help with the added distribution and increased trade.

“We’ve estimated about three additional staff but we’ll also be able to increase the hours of our existing staff,” Mr Minniear said.

Whalebone is hopeful all of this will have a positive flow-on effect to economic growth and tourism in the town.

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