Paige Latham Didora
Lift Bridge announces major expansion
Lift Bridge Brewing Company is expanding! The 10-year-old brewery that’s known for keeping its head down and getting to work is beloved by its local community (and beyond). So the best news of all is that they’re only moving a short walk from the current facility for the benefit of a much-improved taproom.
The 10-year-old craft brewery will break ground in August to build a larger production and distribution facility which will also include a new taproom with outdoor patio. For those of you who have played bean bags in the current parking lot, that time will come to an end.
The new property is about 5.5 acres and the motivation behind the expansion was the desire to keep everything under one roof (or in this case, two), while still meeting growing distribution demand. This expansion comes at a time when many large regional brands like New Belgium and Deschutes are putting a halt to expansion plans, or even making retractions.
Co-founder and VP Brad Glynn cites “10 years of consistent growth” and predicts about 20% growth over the next five. Lift Bridge, whose production is currently 19,000 barrels annually, might represent the sweet spot in the Minnesota market: enough beer for consistent distribution, but a local focus meaning less competition for tap lines or SKUs several states away. Currently, distribution is limited to Minnesota, much of Wisconsin, and the eastern Dakotas.
The project is expected to take about a year to complete. Cheers to August 2019!
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