Call it Christmas come early.
The co-founders and owners of Jack’s Abby Brewing – Jack, Eric, and Sam Hendler – announced today that plans are in the works to build an expanded and super-sized brewery in downtown Framingham at 100 Clinton Street. By doing so, the brewery will be able to pump out more suds at a higher capacity, which was spurred by the popularity of the beer in Mass, as well as the success the local brew house has seen in Connecticut, upstate New York, and Vermont. From the release:
“The 67,000 sq. foot space (up from the current brewery’s 12,000) will feature state-of-the-art brewing equipment including a canning line and a 60 bbl brew house for initial brewing capacity of 50,000 bbls annually, with opportunity to scale up to 125,000 bbls.”
That’s a lot of bbls (note: it stands for barrel units, not the texting acronym “be back later sometime”) and the increase is welcomed to anyone who’s a fan of their goods. Besides the increase in production, the all new Jack’s Abby will feature a 5,000-square-foot tasting room and eatery (think: fresh hot pretzels), and construction is slated to begin this spring, with a projected opening of late 2015. Also from the release:
“We’ve developed a great relationship with the town of Framingham over the past three years and couldn’t be happier that we found a location for the brewery that meets our needs and is central to downtown,” said Jack Hendler, Owner and Head Brewer. “Not only are we able to increase our capacity but we are will also able to offer 12-packs of bottles and cans. These are projects that we have wanted to do, but just don’t have the room for in our current space.”
Reminder: 12-packs of awesome beer > not a 12-pack of awesome beer.