The expansion, which follows yet another year of strong sales growth in 2010, includes more warehouse space, new aging tanks and new fermenting tanks. Since 2009, the brewery has invested approximately $1 million to increase capacity and upgrade its facilities, according to Joe Martino, Stevens Point Brewery Operating Partner.
“We continue to invest in our brewery to increase capacity and packaging production efficiencies as well as improve quality as our sales continue to grow. Point craft beers enjoyed double-digit growth last year, and sales have accelerated in 2011,” Martino said. “We are also experiencing positive growth in our contract-brewing business.”
The project adds 6,600 square feet of warehouse space, large enough to store an additional 40,000 cases of beer. In addition, five more aging tanks ranging in size from 105 barrels to 205 barrels and three new 100-barrel fermentation tanks are being installed.
The expansion is scheduled to be completed by May 1, just in time for the beer industry’s key summer selling season that runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. “The timing of this expansion is perfect as our brewery gears up for summer sales,” Martino said. “We are now well-positioned to continue to meet the growing demand for our products. We have our loyal fans — consumers, retailers and wholesalers — to thank for that growth.”