Great Northern Brewing Releases Expansion Details

From Great Northern Brewing:

Great Northern Brewing is undergoing its first expansion project in 19 years beginning Monday March 31, 2014. 

With the help of Montana West Economic Development’s loan program, Great Northern received the financing necessary to meet the Brewery’s growing demand and distribution. “We’re now distributing throughout every market in the State of Montana, and we simply can’t produce enough beer with our current fermentation capacity,” said General Manager, Marcus Duffey.

On Monday March 31, 2014, three existing fermentation and conditioning tanks are being removed from the Brewery to make way for the new tanks. They will be loaded and shipped to the North Carolina brewery that purchased the used tanks from Great Northern. Monday’s work will be followed by the new tank installation beginning Tuesday morning. “Three 40 barrel tanks are being replaced with three 100 barrel tanks,” says Marcus Duffey. “We’re very excited for the expansion. The installation will be about like fitting a square peg in a round hole. The tanks will have less than one foot of ceiling clearance,” said Duffey.

The new fermentation tanks will increase Great Northern’s production capacity by 50%. Great Northern brewed nearly 4,500 barrels of beer in 2013. They are expecting to produce over 6,500 barrels in 2014.

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