The brand new system being thought of would make as much as 15 barrels at a time and be accompanied by 5, 15-barrel fermentation tanks. The mission, which Easton hopes to start later this yr or in early 2022, would additionally embody a bigger walk-in cooler, full bottling line and in the end add a canning line, as a result of extra beer drinkers are gravitating away from bottles in favor of cans which can be extra simply transported and acceptable at locations like seashores, parks, campgrounds and the Decrease Wisconsin Riverway.
Easton had been a house brewer for greater than 15 years, however when his spouse, Maureen, an avid beer drinker, was identified with celiac illness in 2007, it compelled him to cease making beer in his residence. In 2010, he started making an attempt to make gluten-free beer and in 2014 rented out a 125-square-foot area with its personal air flow system on the now-defunct Home of Brews. He moved the operation to Wright Road in 2016.
In 2020, the overwhelming majority of its beer was packaged in bottles. There was even one month the place no kegs have been stuffed as a result of most of the brewery’s restaurant and bar accounts have been closed. Previous to the pandemic the brewery break up its packaging evenly between bottles and kegs, however the objective is to bottle about 80% of the brewery’s beer.
“It’s been a protracted combat, however we’re getting there and we all know much more about what we knew nothing about even two years in the past,” Easton mentioned. “COVID triggered us to do a fairly large pivot, and we survived it, so we’re feeling fairly resilient. We simply hope we will maintain discovering prospects.”