Weyerbacher Brewing Expansion Begins
South Side Easton brewing company Weyerbacher will add 7,500 square feet of space.
Last year, sales for Easton's Weyerbacher Brewing Company increased by 34 percent, something president Dan Weirback attributes to a growing demand for craft brewed beers.
Now, company officials say it's time for the size of their South Side headquarters to grow as well.
Construction began Monday on a 7,500-square-foot expansion of Weyerbacher's Line Street facility that will give the company room for up to 30,000 barrels and allow it to hire new employees.
And when the expansion is finished, Weyerbacher plans to add a new "tasting room," allowing visitors to sample various beers.
"We think it's great that you're in a neighborhood," Mayor Sal Panto told Weirback Monday at a groundbreaking ceremony. "We think it's great that you're growing."
Panto noted that this is the type of business Easton wants to attract. "We're not going to have the old industrial belts anymore," he said.
Weirback says this is the fourth time the company has moved or expanded in its nearly 17 years. He said as the demand for Weyerbacher products has grown, it's become more and more difficult to find space.
Work is expected to be wrapped up by October, Weirback said. The tasting room will open sometime in 2013. "We could do it now. We just don't have the space," he said.
Weirback stressed that this won't be a restaurant; it will, however, connect customers with local restaurants that carry Weyerbacher's brews.
"We've got a lot of restaurants around town serving our beer now," Weirback said. "It's only fair to send the business their way."