Local craft juggernaut New Belgium Brewing has nearly completed their 140,000 barrel expansion project in Fort Collins to support expansion while completing their new facility in Asheville, North Carolina. By the end of the expansion, the facility will have:
- 400 metric tons of added malt capacity
- Four 2200 hectoliter bright beer tanks
- Twelve 2200 hectoliter fermentation vessels
- 30% expansion to their water treatment facility
- 32 oaken foeders for wood beer conditioning
Currently the company is deconstructing existing buildings at their Asheville site and will break ground on new construction over the summer with the goal of brewing at a 400,000 barrel capacity by 2015. This is the same construction site New Belgium had to add security to after being plagued with a fire (likely arson) early in April.
“[The expansion] gives us the ability to grow brands in existing markets while adding additional territories through 2015” says New Belgium Brewing Sales Director Joe Menetre. “We’ll be in 31 states plus DC this summer, so we’ve got a lot of potential geography out there still.”