Saturday, April 30, 2011

Blue Mountain Expansion

Blue Mountain Brewery in Nelson County has announced major expansion plans. The brewery plans to open two, yes two, new production breweries. The folks at Nelson County Life bring us the news:
Blue Mountain Brewery has selected the Colleen Business Park in Nelson County as the home for its two new production brewery projects. During the year-long site selection process, the Colleen location emerged as the best fit for the projects, allowing Blue Mountain to expand its brewery operations in Nelson County. Blue Mountain originally located in Nelson after water studies and drilling test wells. Brewer Taylor Smack notes, “The water in this region is an integral part of the success of our brewery process. I had talked with Central Virginia Electric Cooperative [the Colleen Business Park land owner] about locating a brewery here as far back as 2004. The site never left my mind as very ideal, and we’re thrilled to finally be making a production brewery in Colleen a reality.”
One of the projects, known as Blue Mountain Barrel House and Organic Brewery will focus on 10 Blue Mountain beers that will be kegged or bottled in 750ml corked bottles. These specialty beers will be USDA certified organic. Production will start in January 2012 and eventually reach capacity at 5,000 barrels a year. The second brewery will be a 40-60,000 square feet production facility. Capacity is expected to reach 50,000 barrels annually.

This is exciting news from a great Virginia brewery. This expansion will allow Blue Mountain to reach markets outside of Virginia, introducing even more fans to Virginia craft beer excellence.

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