The new Brew Hub HQ should be operational by 2016

The new Brew Hub HQ should be operational by 2016

Brew Hub, a US firm that offers brewing facilities to craft producers, has announced plans to build a second site as the sub-category continues to grow in the country.

The new US$20m brewery, in St Louis County, Missouri, will become the corporate headquarters of the firm. Brew Hub, founded in 2012, offers “partner” brewing, packaging, distribution and selling services for craft brands that are “constrained by capacity, geography or capital”. Three more additional sites are also planned.

The St Louis site will have an initial annual brewing capacity of 75,000 barrels, with the potential to expand to 200,000. Construction is expected to start by the end of this year, with a launch in “early-2016”, Brew Hub said. Around 55 people will be employed at the facility, which will also include a tasting room.

Tim Schoen, Brew Hub’s founder & CEO and a former Anheuser-Busch employee, said: "We have had meetings and are negotiating partnerships with some of the top craft breweries in the Midwest. Our St Louis brewery is going to allow these brewers to expand to new states and grow their brands like never before.”

The site is around 20 miles from Anheuser-Busch's HQ, also in St Louis. 

Brew Hub, whose present site is in Lakeland, Florida, said it currently has partnerships with companies including Cigar City Brewing, Orange Blossom Pilsner, Green Man Brewing and BJ's Restaurants.

Looking ahead, the firm plans to open three more breweries in the US over the next five years. “Specific markets will be determined based on demand, but the company is considering strategic locations in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Texas and the West Coast,” Brew Hub said. 

Craft brewers currently have around a 6.5% volume share of the US beer market and a 10.2% share by value. The country boasts 3,040 breweries - the highest number since the 1870s.