Iron Horse Brewery Plans to Expand Production Facility, Reinforcing The Theory- Operating a Brewery is an Expensive Endeavor.
ELLENSBURG, WA (July 15, 2015)- Iron Horse Brewery announced today that it plans to expand its production facility on Vantage Hwy in Ellensburg, WA to better accommodate their insurmountable, and probably too aggressive 2016 beer production goals. “We realized that bankers were an underclass that needs help from anyone that can provide it. We decided it was a good time to jump in, take on a pile of debt and make sure bankers don’t have to dismantle their golden parachutes”, said Greg Parker, owner and gm of Iron Horse Brewery. “We also realized there is one badass group of consumers out there that like our beer and want more of it. So, that’s what we’re going do. Produce more beer”, commented Parker.
The 2015 expansion project involves site improvements and new brewing equipment. The Iron Horse Brewery production facility will add a new 2,300 sf refrigeration space and 1,600 sf warehouse space off of the east wing. On the west side of the building, a new 1,200 sf mill room and dedicated hop cooler will be added, making the total footprint of the production facility over 17,603 square feet.
Inside the production facility, Iron Horse Brewery will be installing a new 30 bbl BrauKon automated brewhouse. “Currently, we are brewing twenty-eight to thirty brews per week on a 15 barrel system, which doesn’t give a whole lot of flexibility,” said Tyson Read, head brewer of Iron Horse Brewery. “While I enjoy pushing equipment to a high efficiency level, moving to the fully automated, 30 barrel, BrauKon system will improve our material and labor efficiencies. The new system will give us a high level of consistency through the process, along with the ability to grow into the future,” commented Read, who likes butterflies and rainbows.
Even More Equipment
In addition to the new brew house, Iron Horse is adding a 90 barrel fermenter, a 120 barrel fermenter, a 60 barrel brite tank, and a 120 barrel brite tank. A new canning line has been added to their packaging station, which will allow Iron Horse to can up to 100 cases per hour.
Ideally, all of this is complete by December 30, 2015. But Iron Horse Brewery doesn’t operate on conventional terms, so chances are the project complete date will be sometime in mid January.
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About Iron Horse Brewery
Iron Horse Brewery, centrally located in Ellensburg, WA, has been producing hand crafted ales since 2004. Iron Horse is owned and operated by father-son team Greg and Gary Parker. With 36 employees and a recent expansion, enabling IHB to double its brewing capacity, they are on pace to produce over 18,000 barrels this year. To learn more about the brewery or to simply take a break from Facebook, go to www.ironhorsebrewery.com; you’ll probably be sorry you did.