Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, the number-two best‐selling craft beer in the United States, behind Boston Beer Company‘s Samuel Adams Boston Lager, announced today they will be opening a second brewery in western North Carolina. The plant will be situated on 90 acres along the French Broad River, 12 miles south of Asheville, in the town of Mills River. Says Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada. “The beer culture, water quality and quality of life are excellent. We feel lucky to be a part of this community.”
Sierra Nevada Brewing’s east coast brewery is expected to employ approximately 90 workers, and will start with a capacity around 300,000 barrels. The added capacity will accommodate wider production and distribution of their seasonal and specialty beers as well as an expansion of the brewery’s well‐known flagship product: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
Grossman anticipates the construction to take between 18 and 24 months. They hope to be operational by early 2014. Grossman’s son, Brian Grossman along with Stan Cooper will be leading operations of the North Carolina location; a few key Chico staff will also be relocating to the North Carolina.
I look forward to finding Sierra Nevada Torpedo, a good West Coast IPA, on the east coast. Hot darn!
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