Brooklyn Brewery Looking to Open $70 Million Facility on Staten Island

Beer drinkers rejoice! One of the strongest and longest-running brewing companies in New York City is looking to expand from its roots in Brooklyn somewhere on the western shore of Staten Island in response to the rising demand for its products.

One of the strongest and longest-running brewing companies in New York City is looking to expand from its roots in Brooklyn to somewhere on the western shore of Staten Island in response to the rising demand for its products.

Brooklyn Brewery logo

Brooklyn Brewery logo

SILive.com reports that the Brooklyn Brewery—which started small in mid-1980s as a joint venture between Steve Hindy and Tom Potter and last year opened an 8,000-barrel waterfront brewery all the way in Stockholm, Sweden—plans to open a large-scale brewery on a portion of a 675-acre former industrial site that was previously green lighted for a NASCAR racetrack.

As revealed by the source, the Brooklyn Brewery recently filed plans with the New York City Regional Economic Development Council (NYCREDC) for a $70 million, state-of-the-art facility that will require 20 to 25 acres of land on Staten Island, an ideal location thanks to its proximity to the city. The proposed brewery will span 200,000 square feet and will have an initial capacity of 400,000 barrels that could expand to 1,000,000 barrels. Additionally, Brooklyn Brewery’s partner Galvanina Group SpA, an Italian bottled water company, could co-locate its American operations at the planned facility and this move could pump another $10 million into the project. The plant would create 240 construction jobs and up to 100 full-time jobs.

NYCREDC has until the end of 2014 to identify the best site for Brooklyn Brewery’s proposed manufacturing center, and the new brewery could be fully operational by the end of 2017.

According to the New York Observer, the Brooklyn Brewery has been based in a 135,000-square-foot, five-building complex at 79th North 11th Street in Williamsburg for nearly three decades. In November last year two buildings used as warehouse by the brewery were sold by owner 110 North 11th Street Association LP for $16.4 million to North 11th Associates.

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Image via Brooklyn Brewery; credits to Lyndon (Aussie Dingo) on Flickr