Sierra Nevada Beer will be flowing this summer in North Carolina, as the country’s second largest craft brewer expands from Chico to the East Coast.
Sierra Nevada Brewery’s Telecommunications and Security Manager Charles Kyle shared an update about the progress of the brewery in Asheville, North Carolina.
“We’re brewing beer there. We are trying to flavor match all our products to get them to taste like Chico and North Carolina tastes the same. We’re still under construction for our public parts of the brewery and hoping to be up and running in August,” Kyle said.
The new facility will help cut shipping costs to the eastern portion of the country, but that’s not the reason it was built.
Kyle said the Chico brewery is just about tapped out.
“We are at maximum capacity in Chico right now. So when that comes on line it will take some pressure of the Chico brewery," Kyle said. "We can only make so much beer, and we’re making as much as we can right now.”
The facility in North Carolina will also be highly sustainable, modeled after Chico’s facility.
The Chico plant recycles more than 98 percent of its waste, and generates about 85 percent of its own power.