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The $1.5 million investment is good news for the Stevens Point community; the investment means adding eight new brewing, packaging, administration and sales jobs, says Joe Martino, Stevens Point Brewery Operating Partner.

The brewery will be investing in equipment and infrastructure upgrades. These upgrades will allow it to meet the increasing growth in consumer demand for its handcrafted beers.

Much of the investment is earmarked for electrical and cooling system upgrades. In addition, the brewery will install three more unitanks for fermenting and aging beer, upgrade its bottle filler, and purchase one thousand new kegs for the brewery’s expanding draft beer business, among other improvements.

“Our business continues to grow across the board, from our Point craft beer brands to our new Ciderboys hard cider products launched in 2012,” said Martino. “Our strong sales mean we can keep investing in our brewery to continue to take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace. Being able to create some new jobs at the same time is icing on the cake. It’s an exciting time for the Stevens Point Brewery and our loyal customers.”

Fifth expansion in five years

The 2014 improvements represent the 157-year-old brewery’s fifth major expansion since 2010. Earlier this year the brewery completed a $2 million project that increased its annual production capacity to 150,000 barrels with the addition of a second brew kettle, 16 unitanks for fermenting and aging beer, and an automated grain handling system. The expansion also included a new can packer so the brewery can take full advantage of consumers’ increasing preference for craft beers in cans.

In 2012, the company installed nine unitanks, two bright beer tanks for package release beer, a new hot water tank and a centrifuge for filtering finished beer. In 2011, the brewery added warehouse space, and aging and fermentation tanks that boosted the brewery’s capacity to 100,000 barrels per year. The era of expansions began in 2010 when the brewery enlarged its keg cooler room and added aging tanks.

The Stevens Point Brewery

Stevens Point Brewery was founded in 1857 The flagship Point Special Lager won the gold medal in the American Premium Lager category at the 2003 Great American Beer Festival. It brews with some of the world’s best water; in 2010 the City of Stevens Point won the American Water Works Association’s annual “Best of the Best” Water Taste Test.

The brewery’s year-round specialty beers include:

  • Point Special Lager.
  • Point 2012 Black Ale, a robust dark ale.
  • Point Beyond the Pale IPA, a West Coast-style IPA.
  • Point Belgian White, a Belgian-style wheat ale.
  • Point Burly Brown American Brown Ale, an American-style brown ale.
  • Point Cascade Pale Ale, a hoppy American-style pale ale.
  • Point Drop Dead Blonde Ale, a golden ale.
  • Point Amber Classic, an American-style amber lager.

Point’s seasonal portfolio features:

  • St. Benedict’s Winter Ale, a hearty dark winter brew.
  • Three Kings Ale, a Kölsch-style ale for the spring.
  • Nude Beach Summer Wheat, a golden wheat ale.
  • Point Oktoberfest, a Märzen-style lager for the fall.

The brewery’s year-round craft portfolio also features the Whole Hog Limited Edition “big beers,” including:

  • Whole Hog Six-Hop India Pale Ale
  • Whole Hog Raspberry Saison
  • Whole Hog Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
  • Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout
  • Whole Hog Barley Wine Ale
  • Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale

The Stevens Point Brewery also produces Ciderboys Hard Cider.

Point also brews the James Page specialty beers, including A Cappella Gluten-free Pale
Ale, Casper White Stout, Yhaba Dhaba Chai Tea Porter and Ould Sod Irish Red Ale.

For more information about the Stevens Point Brewery, please visit www.pointbeer.com or call 1-800-369-4911. Tours of the brewery are available; schedules are listed on the website.

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