Green Flash Brewing to Build East Coast Location by 2015

Green Flash LogoCraft Business Daily is reporting that San Diego, Calif.- based Green Flash Brewing Company will build an East Coast location by January of 2015.

The subscription-based industry newsletter said that Green Flash has yet to decide on a final location, but has narrowed the search to three coastal cities.

The project is expected to cost between $10 and $12 million and will look much like their current facility. Recall that Green Flash moved into a new 45,000 square foot facility in San Diego last June.

The West Coast IPA maker joins a growing list of regional breweries to announce secondary locations this year. Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Oskar Blues all plan to build new facilities in North Carolina. Lagunitas also plans to build in Chicago. Victory Brewing Company is building a second location in Parkesburg, PA, and Stone Brewing Co. is doubling capacity on its current campus.

Green Flash produced just over 23,000 barrels of beer in 2011 and is projecting 45,000 barrels for 2012. Brewery founder Mike Hinkley told Craft Business Daily that the company sells nearly 40 percent of its beer between the Carolinas and Boston, making the East Coast decision all the more understandable given rising freight costs.