Dungog man hoping Hunter Valley economy will diversify into craft beer sector




The New South Wales Hunter Valley is the oldest wine region in Austrialia, and one of the most renowned in the country.

But could developing craft beer breweries help diversify the economy of the region, and other rural areas of Australia?

David Cox, 30, has been brewing beer at his home in the Hunter Valley for over a decade, and is soon to open his own commercial brewery in Dungog.

His brewery is in an old tin building with a chequered history.

Originally built as a bakery in the 1800s, the building burnt down not long after. It rose from the ashes to become, at different times, a chemist, a billiards saloon, a butcher’s shop, and a mower repair business.

Mr Cox learned to brew while volunteering at another small brewery in the region.

“That’s where I started heading down the rabbit hole of home brewing; then it just escalated to ‘I’m going to open my own brewery’,” he said.

 

A Hunter Valley brewer is hoping the region will look to capitalise on the growth of the craft beer industry.

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