Digital Marketing Manager, Jason Randles, told BeerPulse in March that the company was in the midst of adding five new tanks, expanding capacity to nearly 350,000 barrels annually. On Thursday, Shanken Daily News elaborated on what that expansion might entail. As COO, Michael LaLonde, mentioned in June, the brewery isn’t against the possibility of building a second facility elsewhere. CEO, Gary Fish, re-affirmed that idea:
A second brewery expansion phase should start in 2014 and ultimately push capacity to around 600,000 barrels. In terms of longer-term expansion to the East Coast, Fish says another brewery location will be needed for such a move. Among the solutions he foresees are building a second brewery, utilizing capacity that already exists within the industry, or “another model that could create brewing capacity closer to where we’re selling it.”
In other news, BeerPulse channeled Randles on Thursday to get more info about a recently-released pub-exclusive beer, Flagline Golden Ale. Deschutes’ website describes the ale as being, “Light, crisp and refreshing with generous herbal hops and just a hint of caramel malt (4.4% ABV / 42 IBUs).”
While SND reported that the beer would be launched this quarter, Randles tells BeerPulse that the company won’t launch it until the first quarter of next year. When it is packaged, it will be released under a different name.