American Brewing - Big Expansion Project Now Underway
January 27, 2014 - 9:18 AM- by Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog -
It was about three years ago that American Brewing Company opened in Edmonds, Washington. Today owner Neil Fallon told me that his brewery is embarking on the next step in its journey. With freshly drawn plans in hand, the work has now begun on a million-dollar expansion project that will see the brewery vastly increase its production capabilities.
At the core of the expansion is the addition of a larger brewhouse. A 30-barrel, steam-heated brewhouse will replace the existing 15-barrel brewhouse. The new, three-vessel system will accommodate larger single batches and allow for a much quicker turn-around. Brewing two 30-barrel batches back-to-back will take about the same time currently needed to brew a single 15-barrel batch. In other words, they will soon be able to brew 60-barrels of beer (120 kegs) in the time in now takes to brew 15.
Most of the existing fermenters will be replaced with 60- and 90-barrel fermenters. Neil tells me that they will keep a couple of the existing, smaller fermenters for small-batch and experimental beers.
To accommodate the increased production, American Brewing is installing a new, 816 square foot cold room off the back of the building (24’ x 34’ x 15’ high).
You might be wondering how they are going to make room for all of this to fit into the existing brewery and taproom. Neil tells me what I already knew: there was no empty space next door to take over. To begin with, the taproom will be reconfigured.
The addition of the new cold room out back, and the decommissioning of the old one inside, means more space for the taproom. In the end, the taproom’s seating capacity remains the same and guests will still enjoy access to outdoor seating.
Providing even more space, American Brewing now stores its kegs, bottles, and other dry goods in a separate, nearby warehouse.
They will park the new brewhouse where there is currently seating and will eventually set it off from the taproom with a Plexiglas wall, though that part of the plan has not been finalized.
To assign any kind of timetable to the plan would be foolish at this point. For now, it is enough to know that the expansion project has begun.