Some fresh news out of Portland, Maine earlier today announced the official expansion of Foundation Brewing which will be breaking down the adjacent walls and expanding in Bissell Brothers Brewing’s former space.
This expansion will involve three additional spaces bringing their total footprint up to 7,500 sq. ft with a larger taproom as well as additional room for fermentation tanks and packaging.
Below is their official statement:
Portland, ME (May 9, 2016) – Foundation Brewing Company in Portland, ME will be growing at the current location on One Industrial Way starting this month with the expansion into three additional spaces formerly occupied by Bissell Brothers Brewing. This expansion will bring Foundation’s current space to a total of 7,500 sq. ft. and give the brewery the opportunity to expand its tasting room space, install additional fermentation capacity, and expand its packaging capability.
John Bonney, co-founder of the brewery that opened in the One Industrial Way location in 2014 says, “We are fortunate to have had the opportunity to launch our brewery here, and being part of this community, which has become known simply as ‘The Park,’ has been simply amazing from day one. From the very origins of the Craft Beer industry in Maine, to the latest riffs on diverse and divergent beer styles, the energy and enthusiasm for Craft Beer and its culture is palpable here like nowhere else.”
The new tasting room will be expanded in both size and hours. Behind the scenes growth will include creating more efficiencies in operation work spaces and the opportunity for additional growth in 2017. Joel Mahaffey, co-founder and Head Brewer, says he is looking forward to “expanding the fermentation capacity that will allow us to brew our popular beers more frequently. The expansion will give us the opportunity to bring out new brands that support our focus on using classic styles as the inspiration for brewing beers that push conventional boundaries.” The brewery operates a 15 bbl brewhouse and has a current fermentation capacity of 180 bbls. They release fresh cans of popular brands like Epiphany, their Maine IPA, and Wanderlust, a hoppy Farmhouse ale, about every three weeks. The brewery anticipates being able to increase the frequency of their canning operations with the expansion.
One Industrial Way has been an incubator for many other successful breweries, including Rising Tide Brewing, Maine Beer Company and Bissell Brothers. Allagash Brewing Company is located across the street, and Austin Street Brewery, who started in 2014 as well, is located on the opposite side of the One Industrial Way building. Along with their neighbors on the other side of the Park, Geary’s Brewing and New England Distilling, the Industrial Park has become a mecca for beer tourists visiting the Portland area as well as a fun place for locals to enjoy Portland’s exciting craft beer scene.
You can read more about this over on their Foundation Brewing and as always stay tuned for more updates.
Foundation Brewing is located at 1 Industrial Way #5, Portland, ME 04103.