There are big changes coming for Bell’s Brewery. In fact, 200,000 of them.
According to a story on MLive.com, the Comstock, Mich.-based brewery will be building a $50 million expansion that will add 200,000-square-feet to its existing brewery, including a new 100,000-square-foot warehouse, 13,000-square-feet of keg storage. The new space will also allow the addition of a new bottling line that fills 750 bottles per minute, a warehouse logistics center and employee offices.
“We need the additional bottling capacity,” said Larry Bell, Bell’s Brewery founder. “We’re going to need the additional fermentation capacity. Business is good, so we’re going to get all of this going.”
In addition, the expansion will allow the brewery to increase production capacity 20 percent, from the current 800,000 barrels a year to 1 million barrels a year.
“We’re breaking ground right now,” said Bell. “For the next Oberon season this bottling line will be up and running and the new warehouse will be up and running.”
While there is no concrete deadline for completion of the new project, this will be Bell’s first large expansion since it opened a 200-barrel brewhouse and expanded its production facilities in May 2012.