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San Francisco craft brewer and pub 21st Amendment has revealed plans to build a new US$21m brewing facility, with a future eye on export markets.

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The new 95,000 square-foot site, in San Leandro, California, will have an initial capacity of 100,000 barrels, with plans to expand to 250,000 barrels. Brewing at the site is expected to start in the first quarter of 2015.

Speaking exclusively to just-drinks today (20 February), 21st Amendment’s sales director, Ted Whitney, said the company has seen “explosive growth” in the last five years. “The market couldn’t be better, Americans are loving craft beer,” he said. 

21st Amendment was founded as a brewpub in San Francisco 14 years ago by Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan. Since 2008, as well as producing beers at the pub, the company has had a contract brewing agreement with Minnesota’s Third Street Brewery. 

Writing on the company’s website today, O’Sullivan said: “We are running out capacity at our partner brewery at Third Street Brewery. Since we started this endeavour, Nico and I have always wanted to bring the beer back to our home in Northern California.” 

The brewer’s biggest selling beer is 7.5% abv Brew Free! Or Die IPA. 

Whitney said for the first year of the new site the aim is to satisfy domestic demand for its beers. But he added: “Overseas markets are attractive to us, especially the UK and even China and Japan.” 

For an in-depth look at the US craft brewing scene, click here.


Sectors: Beer & cider

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