Major Announcement: we’re expanding and launching the Lemongrass American Wheat in a can!

by Ben on February 4, 2014

Final CanWe’ve got some big news today that we can’t wait to share with you:  we’re embarking on a major brewery expansion, and launching a new beer (the Lemongrass American Wheat) in a can!

Over the past year, we’ve expanded a few times on our 15 barrel brewhouse by adding additional fermentation capacity. That’s allowed us to grow from our original 45 barrels of weekly production when we first opened up to 195 barrels of weekly production by the fall of 2013.

However, late last year, we realized that we just couldn’t keep expanding by adding tanks. We were brewing 13 times a week (up from our original 3), and didn’t want to expand into brewing overnight or on the weekends.

So, we’re excited to announce today that last week, our new 40 barrel brewhouse and 6 80 barrel fermenters arrived.

This brewhouse will allow us to continue to grow over the next few years, and also has a secondary benefit: it will allow us to begin canning a third beer.

This beer is one we’re really excited about: the Lemongrass American Wheat.

our new brewhouse

Robin, our head brewer and co-founder describes it this way: “This american wheat is brewed with Sorachi Ace hops and nearly 6 pounds of fresh lemongrass in each 15 barrel batch. The Sorachi Ace hop, which originated out of Japan, has a very unique flavor that we believe complements the lemongrass perfectly.  It’s a craft beer drinker’s wheat.”

This beer will be rolled out gradually into each market — it should be available on draft within a few weeks and in cans within the month.

All this is possible because of the continued support of all of our fans and trailblazers.  Thank you all for this — we never in a million years expected to be expanding in such a way so soon.

Thank you all, and cheers to an exciting 2014!

 

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Ed Tiemeyer February 4, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Congratulations! This is so special.

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Kevin Dinsmore February 4, 2014 at 4:23 pm

Congrats! Love seeing you guys grow and continue to produce the best beer around!

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Klint Arnold February 4, 2014 at 6:07 pm

NICE JOB GUYS! Very cool. I love your product and the impact you’re having locally. Best of luck this year – this is a great start!

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Brian McCall February 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm

To Robin, Ben, Brady, Joe, Andrew, Andy, and the rest of the folks at West Sixth, congratulations on such an overwhelming success! We’ll keep drinking cuz you keep brewing. Cocoa porter next in can?!

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Rob February 4, 2014 at 7:57 pm

I LOVE SMITHTOWN BROWN!!!

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Paula February 4, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Any chance of shipping those cans to Michigan????

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Craig stickler February 5, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Sounds like the lemongrass wheat will be nice sitting by the pool. Please don’t ever change the IPA it’s my go too.
Congratulations on all your success

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Pamela February 10, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Oooo; this looks like one I’m really going to enjoy. Looking forward to giving it a try!

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Jerry Lovett February 17, 2014 at 4:02 am

I just got to try this beer at the Cincy Winter Beerfest. It was very good! Can’t wait to see it in cans here in the Cincinnati area!

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Seana Hue April 2, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Congratulations on the American Wheat launch and your expansion! We are so excited to have you come pour this Friday at Buttermilk and we will also see you at our road trip this Saturday to taste some more!

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