More space, more brewing
The Invercargill Brewery is moving to larger premises to keep up with growing global demand, its head brewer says.
The brewery will move from its 420m2 building in Wood St to the 600m2 former Wilson Bros Engineering Fabrication shop in Leet St.
Invercargill Brewery head brewer Steve Nally said he was excited about the move because the company was pushed to its limits to meet customer demand in the old building.
"We've had to turn away export orders and wait-list new clients, as well as limit development of new beers. It's a very frustrating holding pattern that we're keen to step out of," he said.
The company needed to make more beer and, therefore, needed more space, he said.
The brewery began operating in a converted cowshed on the outskirts of Invercargill in 1999 and moved to the Wood St site in 2006.
In 1999 the brewery sold 6000 litres of beer but in the last financial year it sold 187,000 litres, Mr Nally said.
About 85 per cent of its beer left Invercargill, he said. "The growth is global."
The new building, with its high stud and level floor, was perfect for the brewery, he said.
Renovations of the building, at a cost of $500,00, began last week.
The building will house a new 2500 litre batch brewery, and Mr Nally said he was looking forward to making the first batch of beer in the new premises. He hoped to be in the new building by Christmas.
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