...New Belgium Brewery heads east.
From the article
Two of the nation's biggest craft brewers, both based in California, have revealed the details of some major expansion plans in the past couple of days, and Colorado's New Belgium Brewing, the country's third largest craft brewer, could be close behind.
New Belgium is just three to five years away from reaching capacity at its existing facility in Fort Collins, which is capable of brewing 900,000 barrels of beer each year. That fact, coupled with the company's major East Coast distribution plans for the fall, means that New Belgium needs to find a second place to make beer, says brewery spokesman Bryan Simpson.
"The goal now is to have something decided and under contract by the end of 2011, somewhere between here and the East Coast, probably closer to the coast," he says. "If you think about potential growth, there is a lot of territory out there."
The other two breweries seeking eastern expansion are Sierra Nevada, and Stone Brewing. Sierra is planning on opening a second brewing location in eastern Tennessee to service the demand of the east coast market. While Stone plans to up production by opening a new brewery in San Diego. They are also looking into opening a Stone Brewery in Germany or Belgium. Also, in case you weren't aware, rumor has it New Belgium will begin distribution in MD, VA, and DC this fall. Road trip!
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