The time has finally come for New Belgium to break ground on their new facility in Asheville, North Carolina. The brewery will hold a special ground breaking ceremony on May 1, 2014.
The selected space in Asheville will house a 133,000 square foot facility and tasting room. At full capacity, the new space will produce 500,000 barrels (15.5 millions gallons) annually.
“Over the last two years, we’ve really enjoyed getting to know this community and we have developed strong partnerships with businesses, non-profits, government agencies and neighbors,” said New Belgium CEO and co-founder, Kim Jordan. “We’re investing in greenways and all these amazing programs that our partners have established. We’re grateful to be part of this city and for our partnerships, and are incredibly excited to get this off the ground.”
The 18-acre site next to the French Broad River was previously designated as a brownfield site, basically meaning the site needed cleaning up before groundbreaking and construction began. Previously, the site was used as an auto salvage yard, auctions, even circus performances. Around 65-*85% of the doors, trusses, roofing and siding from existing structures will be repurposed for New Belgium’s brewery.
The Asheville brewery is tentatively scheduled for completion in mid-2015.
Be a part of the public celebration on May 2:
New Belgium Groundbreaking Celebration – Friday, May 2, 2014
with David Earl and the Plowshares
Location: The Grey Eagle in Asheville’s River Arts District
185 Clingman Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
Doors: 7:00 p.m.
Event: 8:00 p.m. All Ages