News of the expansion first broke when Kevin Crompton, the company’s brewmaster, announced the plans during a media luncheon at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival, held in Denver last October.
According to press materials, Epic plans to install a 20-barrel brewhouse and taproom in the new 19,000 sq. ft. facility.
Crompton told Brewbound.com in October that the facility will have an initial capacity of 15,000 barrels. The complete press release is below:
SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Following a year-long search, Epic Brewing is proud to announce its expansion plans to the Denver, Colo. area.
Co-founders Dave Cole and Peter Erickson have signed a lease at 3001 Walnut Street, located in the River North area of the city. The building is approximately 19,000 square feet and Epic plans to install a 20-barrel brewhouse and taproom, along with a space for retail sales. The new facility will use a twin-kettle system, allowing for a significant increase in production, and have an initial 480-barrels for fermentation.
Epic plans to be in production at the new facility by late March 2013, with an anticipated opening in April. The new production facility will focus on brewing Epic’s Exponential series of brews with a large emphasis on its popular barrel-aging program.
“We anticipate that we will be using approximately 1,000 wood barrels within the year,” said Epic’s Brewmaster, Kevin Crompton.
The brewery will also produce Epic’s four Elevated series of brews (825 State Stout, Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale, Copper Cone Pale Ale and Hopulent IPA) and a “Classic series-like” line of three beers, to include a Lager, IPA and hoppy Pale Ale.
Kyle Rossman, a brewer at the current Salt Lake City brewery, is anticipated to become the Lead Brewer in Denver. Epic will be hiring many locals for brewing, packaging, sales and taproom staff at the new facility in the coming months and is looking forward to becoming a part of the community.
Cole wants to be clear that the addition of the new facility does not mean any changes for the existing brewery in Utah. “Epic Brewing is not leaving Salt Lake City,” said Cole, “This is a much-needed expansion to meet demand in the region and our markets further to the east, which are continuing to grow.”
American Eagle currently distributes Epic brews in the Ft. Collins and Loveland areas of Colorado. Epic anticipates signing an agreement with Elite Beverage very soon to distribute to the remaining areas of the state.
Epic Brewing Company, LLC was opened in May of 2010. Epic Brewing Company was founded in 2010 in Salt Lake City and is known for its passion for brewing award-winning, boutique, full strength, real Ales and Lagers. Epic is distributed in the following States: Utah, California, Colorado, Oregon, Arizona, Idaho, Ohio, Virginia & DC, New Jersey, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Michigan.
For more information on Epic Brewing Company visit: www.epicbrewing.com