(Kansas City, MO) – With the completion last summer of the latest in a series of plant expansions, the folks at Boulevard Brewing Company thought they had bought themselves a little breathing room. But growing demand and a host of new brands and packages compelled the company to accelerate its expansion timetable. Instead of breaking ground on a new building, Boulevard will literally rip the roof off its original cellar, removing six 105-barrel fermenters and replacing them with eight specially designed 300-barrel vessels from the Paul Mueller Company of Springfield, Missouri.
“Doing business close to home has been a longstanding priority for Boulevard” said Mike Utz, Boulevard’s Director of Engineering. “Mueller built the very first fermenters for Boulevard, and the long history between our two companies made the new decision an easy one”.
The $3 million expansion is slated to begin in October, and will feature a 35-foot tall, glass-enclosed structure to house the new tanks, rising from within the existing brewery. The project will increase the brewery’s fermentation capacity by about 20%, to well over 200,000 barrels per year.
“Mueller is extremely excited and honored to be the chosen equipment supplier for this major project,” said Ashton Lewis, Staff Master Brewer and Brewing Market Manager for the Paul Mueller Company in Springfield, Missouri. “Mueller first began working with Boulevard in 1989, and it’s been very gratifying to watch Boulevard – an innovative Missouri brewery producing exceptional and highly regarded beers – continue to grow. This project means a great deal to me and the Paul Mueller Company. We are delighted to be part of the team.”
About Boulevard Brewing Company
Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to be the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest, dedicated to the craft of producing fresh, flavorful beers using traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. Boulevard’s portfolio of year-round and seasonal beers is available in fourteen states, primarily in the Midwest, with select offerings distributed in an additional six states. For more information about Boulevard visit www.boulevard.com, facebook.com/Boulevard or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/Boulevard_Beer.
About Paul Mueller Company
Paul Mueller Company manufactures stainless steel equipment and performs on-site construction and repair/maintenance in over 100 countries worldwide in a wide variety of industrial applications, including food, dairy, beverage processing, pharmaceutical, biotechnological, chemical processing, water distillation, heat transfer, HVAC, heat recovery, and process cooling.