Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New Belgium expands their Colorado capacity

New Belgium BrewingGotta expand to keep up with demand! New Belgium is having to expand their Fort Collins, Colorado barrel capacity two years before their North Carolina 2nd brewery is opened. Here is their press release issued today about what they are planning to add at their home location to keep up with demand.

Expansion Project Raises New Belgium Brewing’s Capacity to 920,000 barrels

Tank Expansion Project to Facilitate Growth through 2015

[PRESS RELEASE] Ft. Collins, Colo. – May 1, 2013 - New Belgium Brewing is nearing completion on a 140,000-barrel expansion project at its Fort Collins brewery to accommodate growth while building a second facility in Asheville, NC. Added features include: 400 metric tons of additional malt capacity; four 2200 hectoliter bright beer tanks, twelve 2200 hectoliter fermentation vessels, a 30% expansion to the process water treatment facility, additional filtration capacity and 32 new oaken foeders for wood beer conditioning. The expansion is designed to meet demand through 2015 when New Belgium’s Asheville facility is slated to come online.

“This gives us the ability to grow brands in existing markets while adding additional territories through 2015,” said 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. We’re excited about opening the Asheville brewery and this will get us there while meeting demand.”

New Belgium is currently deconstructing existing buildings at the Asheville site and will break ground this summer. The Asheville brewery will begin beer production in 2015 with a capacity of 400,000 barrels.

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews eight year round beers; Ranger IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Belgo IPA, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at


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