Spring is right around the corner, and Castle Danger Brewery is springing into action with plans for a new packaging facility adjacent to their existing Two Harbors brewery. According to the Duluth News Tribune, the expansion will double Castle Danger’s production capacity within the coming years.
The new facility will house the brewery’s brite tanks, canning and kegging operations, expanded cold storage, and administrative offices. A $90,000 state grant will help them with costs related to cleaning up the site, which was first developed as a sawmill and railroad house in 1888 and was home to a YMCA building in the 1960s that has since been demolished.
Castle Danger’s vice president and co-owner Lon Larson told the DNT that the packaging hall “will free up space in the existing facility to add many more and larger fermentation tanks. In effect, the volume of fermentation capacity defines the brewery’s production capacity. The proximity of the proposed packaging hall is the most critical key factor for the piped transport of product from fermentation to conditioning and packing.”
Coinciding with the expansion is growth in other areas at Castle Danger. They’re expecting to hire around 40 full- and part-time positions, on top of the brewery’s current 40 employees. Additionally, come early April, the taproom’s 10-tap system will be doubled to 20, and the outdoor patio will be expanded in May to allow for additional seating and some activities and games.
Castle Danger doesn’t just want to get bigger and better in Two Harbors, though. The brewery is also planning to expand its distribution footprint across all of Minnesota and some border cities in 2017, with further growth into other states targeted for 2018.