A San Diego-based craft brewery has some exciting plans on tap: a multi-million dollar expansion that will increase brewing capacity, and maybe even lead to a new brew house.
Coronado Brewing Co. (CBC) – the current mid-size champion of the World Beer Cup – has been working to increase its efficiency over the past few months, adding four new 240-barrel fermenters to its operations.
With this addition, CBC says it will soon expand its capacity to 65,000 barrels.
The craft brewery also plans to begin canning its beers in early 2016 and hopes to have a canning line in place by the end of this year.
CBC recently secured a new building adjacent to its San Diego brewery location. CBC says the building will be used for storage and office space starting this month, but in the future, the building could be used for other things, including a new brew house.
Brandon Richards, CBC’s vice president of sales and marketing says the craft brewing company has been growing quickly the past few years and these big moves will help CBC maintain the pace.
According to the company, sales have grown at 30 percent through August. CBC recently picked up new business in California, Michigan and North Carolina, helping in that sales increase.
CBC first opened in Coronado in 1996, founded by brothers Ron and Rick Chapman. Today, CBC beers can be found in 20 states in the U.S. and across 10 countries.
CBC operates three locations across San Diego County: its long-running brew pub in Coronado (170 Orange Ave.); the tasting room that opened in 2013 inside the CBC production facility (1205 Knoxville St.); and the new tasting room and restaurant in Imperial Beach (875 Seacoast Dr.).
The company is known for its hoppy craft suds, including its Core Series of brews such as the Coronado Golden Pilsner, the Idiot IPA and the Orange Avenue Wit, just to name a few.