Anchor Brewing makes major investment in new brewery
San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing will be investing $80 million dollars in their new Pier 48 brewery. The new facility will be right next to AT&T Park and will be a key part of the district.
Anchor will continue to operate its facility in Potrero Hill, but will greatly expand its operations with the development of the Pier 48 facility. The two facilities will allow the company to quadruple its annual production capacity from 180,000 barrels to 680,000 barrels.
“Anchor Steam® Beer is a San Francisco original since 1896 and Anchor Brewing has already called six San Francisco locations home during its rich history,” said Keith Greggor, Co-owner and CEO of Anchor Brewers & Distillers. “It is believed that “Anchor” was chosen as the brewery name for its indirect, but powerful allusion to the booming Port of San Francisco. We’re excited to bring Anchor to our first waterfront home at Pier 48.”
Pier 48, the southern-most structure of the Port’s Embarcadero Historic District, will be fully rehabilitated and re-established as an industrial hub of the central waterfront. The new Anchor facility will feature production facilities for brewing, distilling, packaging, storing, and shipping; a restaurant, museum and educational facility in the headhouse of Pier 48; and a restored walkway around the entire pier apron that will connect pedestrians to the Portwalk and allow views into the Anchor brewhouse.
In addition to Anchor Brewing’s new facility, the Mission Rock Project will include more than eight acres of parks and open space, 650-1,500 residential units, 1-1.7 million square feet office space, parking structure to serve ballpark and Mission Rock patrons, and up to 250,000 square feet of retail, restaurants, and public amenities. In total, Mission Rock is expected to create 4,800 construction jobs and 6,400 permanent jobs.
New Belgium Asheville expecting up to 400,000 barrels out of Asheville
From the Asheville Citizen-Times:
In its first year, New Belgium will make 50,000-75,000 barrels of beer for sale in the eastern U.S. out of it’s new Asheville brewery, but the facility is expected to have a 400,000-barrel capacity when it is fully operational. Highland Brewing, now the city’s biggest brewery, makes about 30,000 barrels annually.
The brewery will initially employ about 50 workers, with an average salary of $50,000. But the work staff will quickly grow to about 100. In its first years, the brewery will operate a single 8-10 hour shift, but by 2018 or 2020, it will be a round-the-clock operation.
The New Belgium site will include a “liquid center” tasting room that could pull 100,000 tourists a year. But it will not have a restaurant or music hall. Food trucks might operate on the site, spokesman Bryan Simpson said.
Angry Orchard moves to #1 cider spot
Samuel Adams’ cider brand Angry Orchard has cruised past their competitors to become America’s #1 brand of cider. Angry Orchard has been in business for less than a year, but the marketing and distribution muscle of Samuel Adams has most certainly been a part of their success, enabling them to quickly eclipse established, though smaller, brands such as Hornsby’s.
According to SymphonyIRI Group, hard cider sales at supermarkets and other stores hit about $90 million for the 12 months ending Oct. 30. That’s up more than 65% from a year earlier and outpaces the 5.6% growth of wine and the 13% growth of the craft beer segment in 2011, as well the 1.7% growth overall beer sales in 2012.
Cider has nowhere to go but up. In parts of the U.K., cider accounts for almost 20% of the beer market, whereas in the U.S. it’s only about 0.4%.