New tanks arrived at Blackstone Brewing Company this week that will allow the Nashville craft brewery to increase capacity by 60 percent.
Blackstone received three new tanks (two fermentation and one bright tank) with nominal capacity of 120 barrels each. They were fabricated by the W.M. Sprinkman Corp. in Elroy, Wisconsin.
Here’s more from Blackstone:
Our current fermentation capacity is 390 barrels and this will increase that by about 60% to 630 barrels. Our annual capacity will increase from 10,000 barrels to 16,000 barrels. For 2013 we will use this capacity to support the growth of our core brands, four seasonal brands and one high gravity brand in the existing markets. In addition we will bring out new brands, HopJack IPA in and a new high gravity brand in early spring. Assuming that we can satisfy our current markets, we plan to expand our brands to the remaining Tennessee markets first and then to limited markets in Kentucky and Alabama. Our capacity will also be used to support existing contract brewing arrangements. Within the next two months we will place an order for two additional tanks for delivery in the summer of 2013 which will boost our fermentation capacity to 750 barrels giving us annual capacity of 19,000 barrels.
In October, Blackstone celebrated a milestone by capping its one millionth bottle since opening a bottling line in the summer of 2011.
Blackstone is growing! This is #1 of 3 new tanks going in today. That means 60% more beer can be brewed for you! twitter.com/BlackstoneBrew…
— Blackstone Brewery (@BlackstoneBrew) December 21, 2012