This great news just in from Dave Witham at Proclamation Ale Company:
“The day is finally (almost) upon us.
“We’re expanding. (yay!)
“Since the beginning, it was pretty apparent that this day would come (and hopefully sooner than later). Between the demand from the local market, as well as the non-sustainability of a nanobrewery due to lack of state tasting room laws (that’s a whole other discussion), this day had to come. So here’s the deal:
“Expansion will happen in mid-January. The expansion is a bit of a strange one: On one hand we will be making some upgrades to the brewery: changes to the brewing system, slowly acquiring larger fermenters and adding a lot more oak barrels for aging. In addition to this, we will be moving the production of Tendril out to contract brew at a MUCH larger facility. We will begin by doing a 60-barrel batch in early January and slowly ramping up the production of Tendril out from there…For comparison’s sake, we make about 3-barrel batches currently…so…yeah…a lot bigger. Oh and did I mention that besides having draft available all the time, you will (hopefully by March) be able to buy…CANS??? (oh snap!).
“So what will we be doing at the current facility? First off, increasing production at our current brewery and taking Tendril out to a different facility will allow us to do a lot more fun stuff. We will be making much more one-off and seasonal beers, so more stuff in the tasting room and growlers. We will also be bottling a lot more large format bottles, a bunch of which we hope will make it out to local retail accounts so you can grab some of our specialty stuff out in your local stores. Among these bottles, there will be a lot more Brett and Sour beers! We have already started loading up oak barrels at the brewery in preparation for increasing our sour program (these things take time!).
“So that’s pretty much it. We’re excited. We hope you’re excited. We will announce more stuff in the coming weeks/months and give everyone more details on what’s going on…”
To celebrate the Big News, Proclamation will be open on Thursday [10.30] from 4-7 pm [plus the regular Saturday session from 1-5] and will break out two new brews: the Son of Sim [“a very Simcoe-heavy IPA,” 6.5% ABV, available in 32-ounce growlers and for tastings] and Plattelander Rood [“our funky red saison, brewed on New Year’s Day of 2014, this beer was fermented out and then aged in Pinot Noir barrels for six months with Brettanomyces. We bottled it and then allowed it to bottle-condition and age for another couple months”; in 500ml bottles/$7]. Also on tap: Batch 2 of Plattelander [750ml bottles/tastings] and Tendril, the deliriously good flagship IPA [growlers/tastings].
Congrats, Dave! I can’t wait to get cans of Tendril in the fridge . . . . And maybe it’s time to update the slogan: “BIGGER beer from a small state.”