Home Beer Asheville’s Green Man expanding, increasing sour beer production

Asheville’s Green Man expanding, increasing sour beer production

On deck (literally): a third-floor beer garden with mountain views.
SHARE
CATEGORIES: Beer   News  

The bar at Green Man Brewery

The bar at Green Man Brewery

Dennis Thies, owner of Asheville, N.C.‘s second-oldest brewery, Green Man, refers to the company’s expansions as “1, 2, 3.” The first expansion, which came soon after he purchased the brewery six years ago, cost $1 million. That was followed by a $2 million expansion three years later, and now, Green Man is on the brink of an even larger, $4 million growth spurt. This one especially should interest the brewery’s fans, especially those looking to enjoy greater access to sour beers.

Last week, Thies inked a deal to acquire a building adjacent to the brewery’s current location that will become a dedicated souring and barrel-aging space. The 16-year-old brewery has built its reputation on English-style ales, including a topnotch ESB, but has seen huge demand for its handful of limited-release sour offerings. Now, with a separate space for that project, Green Man will be able to produce even more of those popular beers, including the coming-soon Snozzberry lambic.

There’s another construction project currently in the works for Green Man: a three-story packaging vault with a retail shop and third-floor beer garden overlooking the nearby mountains. Thies says Green Man is on track to produce 10,000 barrels or more this year, and could possibly reach regional distribution status in 2016. That means potential expansions in Charleston, S.C.; Georgia; and Florida. Expect construction to finish up on the tasting room and packaging space in late summer or early fall—ideally with enough warm weather left to enjoy an English IPA with a side of mountain views.

 

Author
Kate Bernot is DRAFT’s beer editor. Reach her at kate.bernot[at]draftmag.com.

Brewery Travels
draftmag.com

Brewery Travels: My Favorite Brewery/Beer from Each State

In my ongoing quest to visit breweries all across this great land, I have now surpassed the 400 mark, and they’ve been spread across 37 states and 175+ cities. To celebrate this landmark, I’ve put together a ‘Special Edition’ of Brewery Travels: A rundown of my favorites in each of the states visited so far.

CATEGORIES: Beer   Feature   Midwest Breweries   Midwest Feature   Northeast Breweries   South Breweries   Travel   West Breweries  

draftmag.com

Why a Miller Lite Was the Best Beer I’ve Ever Had

I’ve worked in craft beer for nearly five years now. I’ve had the fortune to try some truly amazing brews: Pliny the Elder, Heady Topper, Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout. Supplication? I’ve got one in my mini-fridge. The reason I’m telling you this is because I want to frame my statements here properly. I’ve had good beer, trust me. The best beer I’ve ever had, though, was a Miller Lite.

CATEGORIES: Beer   MIDWEST   Midwest Feature  

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

200 queries in 2.381 seconds.