Craft beer and cider have never been more popular in Massachusetts. Walk into a bar in Boston and you’re apt to find several craft beer and cider labels on tap, from Sam Adams Boston Lager to Harpoon IPA to Downeast Cider.
Breweries and cider companies are ramping up their operations to keep up with the demand, whether they are acquiring property for new facilities or adding additional tap rooms.
Check out some of the latest real estate moves made by Massachusetts’ craft breweries and cider companies:
Downeast Cider House: Charlestown, MA
In August, Downeast Cider House announced it is expanding to East Boston and just moved into its new space at the end of September. The new 16,500 square-foot headquarters will be used as a production facility that offers tours, but Downeast hopes to add a taproom in the future. They’ve moved a whopping three times to meet demand since Downeast launched in Maine in 2011, and have been based in Charlestown, Massachusetts for the last three and a half years. The move to East Boston will allow the cider company to produce twice as much cider as their Charlestown operation pretty quickly, with Downeast’s production ability only increasing over time.
Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers: Framingham, MA
In September, Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers announced its expansion plans. The brewery signed a lease for a building adjacent to their current facility and plans to use it for warehousing, manufacturing, a retail space and a 5,000 square-foot tap room. This new 63,000 square-foot acquisition will bring the brewery’s total to 130,000 square feet. Jack’s Abby is on track to brew 36,000 barrels this year and the addition of more space will allow them to continue to grow their operations.
Night Shift Brewing: Everett, MA
In early September, Night Shift Brewing officially opened its new “Annex” in Everett. The Annex will serve as an event space and overflow from Night Shift’s 3,000 square-foot taproom. The company was founded in 2012 and is on pace to produce 10,000 barrels of beer this year with a goal to double that output in 2017.
Dorchester Brewing Company: Dorchester, MA
Dorchester Brewing Company officially opened for business in July in a 25,000 square-foot space on Mass Ave in Dorchester. The brewery’s tap room is now open, and the space is also set to serve as a start-up incubator of sorts for local craft brewers that need space to brew with seven local brewers set to move into the space this fall. In the meantime, Dorchester Brewing Company’s tap room is serving six in-house drafts.
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