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Devils Backbone Brewing Company announced plans this week for a $3.25 million expansion at both its Lexington and Nelson County locations.
The outpost production brewery expansion in Rockbridge County, where most of the company's craft beer is produced, increases its indoor work space from 15,000 square feet to 28,000 square feet. The additional space will be used for expanding the packaging hall, tripling the cooler space and adding additional office space.
DBBC will also be adding a new DE filter, four 120 bbl tanks and four 240bbl outdoor silo tanks. These additions will take the annualized production capacity of the brewery from 21,000 bbl. to 40,000 bbl.
“The craft beer industry in the United States has seen tremendous growth over the last few years led by some outstanding craft breweries and it is expected to continue its rapid growth for the foreseeable future,” observed Steven Crandall, DDBC founder and CEO. “We are excited to be a small part of this exciting creative industry and see our business improve along with the personal fulfillment of our treasured employees, and most importantly to continue to creating unique award winning craft beer for our loyal fans.”
The base camp brew pub expansion in Nelson County creates a lager walk-n cooler space and room for additional 20 hectoliter fermenters and a bright tank. It also expands the kegging operational space, allows for significant expansion of the kitchens dry storage and creates more storage space throughout the facility. This space is critical for the base camp's growth of festivals, camping, plays and events on its 100-acre property.
DBBC was recently recognized as the Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year in addition to taking home eight medals at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. The company has won more medals and awards at The Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup than any other single brewery in the Mid-Atlantic region, and has done this in three short years.
This recognition, along with the World Beer Cup Champion Brewery win in 2010, has propelled the DBBC brand to a leading position in the craft beer market in Virginia and Washington, D.C. and it is establishing itself into Maryland, according to a company spokesperson. The sales success of DBBC’s craft beer in the market has exceeded the capacity of the current footprint of the production facility in Rockbridge County and led to expansion plans that after just one and a half years of operation, are meeting the 10-year plan that was originally projected.