Brew Hub, the relatively massive “partner brewing” facility just off of Interstate 4 in Lakeland, announced today that it will expand its capacity by 60 percent, and has signed two award-winning Florida breweries – Sarasota’s JDub’s Brewing Company and M.I.A Brewing Company of Miami – to do some of their brewing at what will be a 100,000 bbl-per-year brewery.
Here’s the release they sent to Beer in Florida:
ST. LOUIS (Dec. 17, 2015): Brew Hub, a company led by a team of beer-industry executives and craft-brewing experts, announced the expansion of their Lakeland brewery and the formation of new partnerships with JDub’s Brewing Company of Sarasota and M.I.A. Brewing Company of Miami. The brewery expansion will allow Brew Hub to increase its incremental capacity by 60 percent, and the partnerships with JDub’s and M.I.A. will enable both craft brewers to immediately expand distribution and grow volume.
Brew Hub’s 64,000-square-foot Lakeland brewery opened September 2014. The brewery had an initial brewing capacity of 60,000 barrels, or nearly 1 million cases, annually. The expansion will increase the brewery’s capacity to 100,000 barrels, or 1.4 million cases, annually. In addition to its home brands, Brew Hub brews beer for partners Cigar City, BJ’s Restaurants, Toppling Goliath, Green Man, Orange Blossom, GolfBeer and Brew Bus.
“We designed the brewery with expansion in mind. We hoped this day would come – it just arrived sooner than we could have ever imagined,” said Tim Schoen, CEO of Brew Hub. “The expansion proves the model we built to help craft brewers grow is working. We’re excited to continue helping our partners grow as we expand, and we welcome the opportunity to add quality brewers like JDub’s and M.I.A. to our team.”
During its first 12 months of operation, Brew Hub expanded its bottling line and installed a new, state-of-the-art canning line to handle increased demand. In January, the company will install new bright beer tanks, increasing packaging capacity by 64 percent. In February, the company will add eight new fermentation tanks, increasing fermentation and conditioning capacity by 60 percent.
“With these additions, Brew Hub can brew and package an additional 40,000 barrels of beer in 2016,” said Brew Hub’s chief of brewing operations, Jim Ottolini. “We’re getting thirsty just thinking about it!”
Due to high demand, Brew Hub’s brewing capacity has been sold out since July 2015. The expansion allows for an increase in production for all existing partners and the opportunity to add new partner brewers. The expansion also is needed to meet projected growth for 2016.
Founded in 2013, JDub’s Brewing produced approximately 4,000 barrels (55,000 cases) of beer in 2015.
The partnership with Brew Hub will allow JDub’s to increase its volume to nearly 10,000 barrels (137,000 cases) annually.
“Partnering with Brew Hub is a dream come true,” said Jeremy Joerger, founder and CEO of JDub’s Brewing Company. “Their state-of-the-art brewery and the deep experience of the Brew Hub team give small brewers like JDub’s access to an array of talent, tools and technologies found only in larger breweries.”
Founded in 2014, M.I.A. Brewing Company produced approximately 2,000 barrels (27,000 cases) of beer in 2015. The partnership with Brew Hub will allow M.I.A. to increase its volume to nearly 8,000 barrels (110,000 cases) annually.
“The partnership with Brew Hub is a game-changer for us,” said Eddie Leon, founder of M.I.A. Brewing Company. “This is an exciting chapter in our company’s history, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
Brew Hub will package the beer in cans, bottles and kegs for both brewers. Florida is the only state where JDub’s and M.I.A. currently distribute their beer. The increase in production will allow both brewers to expand their distribution throughout the state and regionally.