Opening in early 2016
New Belgium Brewing picked Beer City USA Asheville in April 2012 as the new location for a second brewery. The brewery and packaging facility will be completed in early 2016 (pouring in February and touring in March). Their big 25th Anniversary Celebration will be August 27, 2016. The brewery in the heart of the River Arts District, just across the French Broad River from downtown, will feature a 200-barrel brewing system, a tasting room, public tours and perhaps even a rooftop beer garden. Sierra Nevada opened a brewery about 10 miles south in late 2014.
The major project transforms the former Western North Carolina Livestock Market on Craven Street, located just 1/2 mile from downtown Asheville. It will join the many artists, studios, galleries and restaurant in the revitalized commerical warehouse district. The facility will pursue LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council with its environmentally conscious construction. The site will include a greenway along the river.
New Belgium is the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., producing nine year-round beers in Fort Collins, Colorado; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA, Belgo IPA, Sunshine Wheat, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey, Mothership Wit and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases.
Preparation of the site began in 2013. New Belgium held a ground breaking in May 2014. The brewery will be in production by the end of 2015. Capacity at full build out will be 500,000 barrels annually. Initial projections allowed for a Phase 2 construction plan that could potentially reach 750,000 barrels.