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Lakefront's new brewery plans would double capacity, add canning line

Monday, May 29, 2017   (0 Comments)

Business Journal
Dan Shafer



Lakefront Brewery still has its eye on building a new brewery that would include a new canning line and more than double its brewing capacity, said Michael Stodola, Lakefront Brewery brand manager.

"(A new brewery) has been on the horizon for a little while now,” he said. "But that, realistically, is two years away.”

The brewery would be located at a seven-tenths of an acre parcel at 1890 N. Commerce St. just northeast of its current facility along the Milwaukee River. Lakefront purchased the land in 2014, and put forth plans and renderings for the new brewery.

The new building would significantly expand Lakefront’s brewing capacity, which is already getting close to its limit, said Stodola.

"(The new brewery) will become the workhorse,” he said. "Right now, with the size and shape and capacity of (the brewery), it’s only about 60,000 to 65,000 barrels (per year). We’re really pushing that right now. I wouldn't be surprised if we did a little over 50,000 (barrels) this year. The new brewery, it’s not a gigantic space or lot, but what we could (brew) out of there is going to be more like 150,000 barrels. It’ll more than double our capacity.”

Another component of a new brewery would be the addition of a canning line. Lakefront began selling its flagship beer, Riverwest Stein, for the first time in cans beginning Memorial Day weekend. However, these beers are being canned at a facility in Stevens Point.

"When we build our new brewery, we’ll have a state-of-the-art line,” said Stodola.

Plans to add more brands in cans is already in the works, with Lakefront IPA likely being the next Lakefront beer to be available in cans.

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