AleSmith Inks Lease For 105k Sq Ft New Facility
AleSmith Brewing Company, based in San Diego, CA, has leased a 105,000 sq. ft. building at 9990 Empire Street, San Diego, CA and will begin renovations on the existing building in order to build a brand new production facility, tasting room and gift shop. The space will also give AleSmith room to grow into other ventures down the road. AleSmith has retained Urban Contracting, Marcatects & Pacific Rim Mechanical to facilitate the complete build out of the new facility.
Owner Peter Zien expressed his passion for the expansion in the following words, “It has taken many years of hard work, but I am excited to guide AleSmith into the new future with this move to our new facility. As an artisan brewery where quality, respect for the brewers art and customer service are paramount, our new facility will enable AleSmith beer to reach more people and maintain our status as one of the world’s great breweries. Although we will miss our original facility, we will be taking our passion, commitment to excellence, and the AleSmith soul to flourish at our new Miramar location.”
The $10 million project is expected to be completed by January 2015 with the brand new brew house, cellar and bottling line from Krone’s having already been ordered in January of this year. Plans call for an increase in capacity from 15,000 barrels projected in 2014 to 25,000 barrels in 2015. AleSmith plans on steady growth with careful scaling and a continued commitment to quality that will allow us to reach a capacity of 150,000 barrels annually.
AleSmith is hoping to add up to 25 new positions in production, retail, sales and management within the company in 2015 and looks forward to the continued growth of the brand both locally and nationally while maintaining the extremely high standards AleSmith set for itself when the brewery opened in 1995. With AleSmith’s increased capacity, they’re looking to add up to five new distribution areas in 2015 and are extremely enthused to bring the AleSmith to more states around the country.
About AleSmith Brewing Company
AleSmith Brewing Company was founded in August 1995 in San Diego, California. AleSmith owner, Peter Zien purchased the brewery in 2002 and has spent the last 12 years growing an internationally recognized brand dedicated to hand forged ales and craftsmanship. In 2008, AleSmith was recognized as the Great American Beer Festival® “Small Brewing Company Of The Year”. RateBeer.com named AleSmith Brewing Company the #1 consumer rated brewery in the world for 2014. AleSmith currently employs 27 people and is projected to brew 15,000 barrels in 2014.