Opening in late 2015
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 2015. The brewery will be in the heart of the River Arts District will feature a 200-barrel brewing system, a tasting room, public tours and perhaps even a rooftop beer garden. Sierra Nevada plans to open a brewery about 10 miles south.
The major project will transform 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, known as the River Arts District. The facility will pursue LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council with its environmentally conscious construction.
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. They
will break ground by early 2014. The Asheville brewery will be in production by the end of 2015. Once underway, the construction phase will take place over about 22 months. Their 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.
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