Saint Arnold Brewing just completed its latest expansion efforts, adding a fourth brewing vessel to the brewhouse. The added vessel is a brew kettle and it should help the good guys and gals at Saint Arnold keep up with demand, at least for now. With this new equipment, the brewery can produce six beers every 24 hours as opposed to just three beers previously.
A short time ago, Saint Arnold Brewing ramped up its brewing process by installing a malt mill capable of crushing up to 8,000 pounds of grain per hour. A 120 barrel batch of beer requires 6,000 to 7,000 pounds of grain, so the malt mill is a much needed upgrade for improved speed and efficiency.
"This project is a key part of our future growth," said Saint Arnold Founder/Brewer Brock Wagner. "We needed to add the kettle before we filled up the building with fermenters, at which point the brewhouse would not be accessible for expansion. When we moved here in 2010 we thought it would take 15 to 20 years to fill this place – we are now about to move the final three tanks into place this month."
Success has caught up quickly with Saint Arnold Brewing and to make sure the necessary expansion space is available, the brewery has already secured an open lot across the street from the main brewery for future growth.
For the first six months of the year, Saint Arnold reports that it brewed 31,960 barrels of craft beer. This is an 18 percent increase from the same period in 2013 and there are no signs of the industry slowing down. The added brewing vessel and grain mill should keep the brewery functioning for a while. But with such rapid growth Brock Wagner & crew may need to start building a second brewhouse on the lot across the street a little sooner than expected.