BREWHOUSE Coffee Roasters has been seducing central Victorian tastebuds with its fresh roasted coffee blends for two years.
Now the Bendigo business is expanding into the wine bar market.
Operations manager Julianne Runnalls said the café had finally obtained its liquor licence and was now serving wine, beer and bar snacks weeknights and until late on Friday nights.
Friday at the Brewhouse features a DJ, wine, beer and light gourmet meals and bar snacks until 11pm.
Prawn toast, soft shell crab, pork and mushroom spring roll, mini wagyu burgers, gourmet pizza, barbecue sweet corn join “nuts and bolts” and fat chips to eat with a variety of local wines and boutique beers.
Fridays also have a Happy Hour between 5-7pm, when pizzas are $6 and the music starts - a great attraction for families with children for an hour or two, Miss Runnalls said.
“The whole family can come in and there’s music for the kids, and the pizzas in Happy Hour are a lot cheaper so they can economise,” she said.
Branching out into the wine bar scene was always part of the big picture but the Brewhouse is also expanding its core business - coffee.
It recently bought and installed a second coffee roaster, which will in effect double its roasting capacity once commissioned.
In September Brewhouse bought a distribution company in Port Fairy and is now distributing coffee to at least 50 outlets along the Victorian south coast.
Miss Runnalls said demand for Brewhouse coffee was increasing, with inquiries from Melbourne, regional Victoria and New South Wales.
”The demand is definitely there,” Miss Runnalls said. “We have people in Melbourne wanting it but we aren’t able to deliver because we don’t have the capacity yet,” she said.
The team is busy packing off parcels to Parkes before its annual Elvis festival.
At the moment there are 33 staff but “I can see that extending,” Miss Runnalls said.
It’s also begun selling coffee online after redesigning its website. “There are a lot of things in the pipeline.”