Firestone Walker Brewing Co. has announced an expansion that will double the brewing capacity of the Paso Robles, Calif.-based brewery.
In an email with Tenemu, David Walker, co-founder of Firestone Walker, said the brewery will be adding 4,500-square-feet to its Paso Robles brewhouse along the western front, which will double the brewing capacity to 600,000 barrels as well as “take the pressure off the hectic 7×24 brewing schedule on the current smaller brewhouse.”
“We upgraded our existing brewhouse in late 2012 and felt it might serve us efficiently for at least the next five to seven years,” said Firestone Walker brewmaster Matt Brynildson, in a press release. “However, demand for our beers has been greater than expected, and we are now literally working around the clock to keep up. The new brewhouse will return us to a more normal work week, and that will give our brewers their weekends back.”
The expansion, which is estimated to be completed sometime in 2017, will also allow more space dedicated for the production of both small-batch and single-lot beers as well as the addition of state-of-the-art brewing technologies and new water recovery systems.
“Eighty percent of our beer is consumed in California, which makes us perfectly located here on the Central Coast to meet demand, and demand continues to climb,” said Walker. “It’s satisfying to reinvest in this place. This is home.”
According to the Brewers Association, Firestone Walker was the 16th largest craft brewery by production in 2014 producing over 200,000 barrels.
In addition to the Paso Robles brewery, the company has its Barrelworks cellar in Buellton and a planned taproom and pilot brewery in Venice set to open next year.
Earlier this year, Duvel Moortgat announced that it was making an investment in Firestone Walker. When the agreement was announced, the two companies announced that Firestone Walker would continue to operate independently.