To stay ahead of increasing demand, Boulevard Brewing Co. has announced it is breaking ground on an expansion to its Kansas City, Mo. brewery.

At the heart of the estimated $12 million Cellar Five expansion is a 3,600-square-feet single-story building that will include space for six 1,000 barrel fermenters. Also being built is a two-story utility and process building that will encompass 84,000-square-feet. Together, the new buildings will increase Boulevard’s fermentation capacity by 40 percent translating into over 300,000 barrels.

“We’ve been planning Cellar Five for the better part of two years,” said Mike Utz, director of engineering, in a press release. “It’s an exciting and challenging project, as it will house our largest fermentation tanks to date. The new structures will complement the appearance of the adjacent Cellar Three, with design elements drawn from our Brewhouse Two building.”

While Boulevard will celebrate groundbreaking on Cellar Five today, a spokesperson from the company told Tenemu it will be three weeks before formal constructions begins.

In addition to the Cellar Five project, Boulevard will be installing a new $2.5 million filtration centrifuge and effluent equalization system, both of which should be operational by the middle of 2015.

According to the brewery, workers will break ground on the Cellar Five construction “in the next few weeks”, and construction is scheduled to be finished in June of next year. Boulevard has announced the general contractor for the construction will be Rau Construction with new brewing equipment being supplied by German company Krones AG.

Boulevard is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. Last year, Boulevard was purchased by Belgian brewer Duvel Moortgat.

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