ANN ARBOR — The Wolverine State Brewing Company has received final approval of expansion plans that will add 3,500 square feet of the old Big George’s warehouse to the brewery and taproom in the coming months.
The new space will include a private rental hall with separate bar to accommodate parties up to 75 people and will serve as overflow for the existing tap room. Restroom facilities will also be expanded as part of the overhaul.
The brewery will also expand bringing totals up to 130 barrels fermentation and 50 barrels of cellar capacity. The brewery renovation will include staff offices, more storage space and a mill room.
Sales in the last year are up 40% in the taproom, and nearly 400% wholesale. Arbor Beverage, distributor for Washtenaw and Livingston Counties have doubled sales of both bottled and draft products at many restaurants, bars, large and small stores.
“We are expanding at a rate that far exceeds our original planning,” says Matt Roy, founder and president. “It’s a testament to the high quality of our beer and the popularity of the taproom. It is the lager revolution.”
Renovation will begin immediately on the space located at 2019 W. Stadium in Ann Arbor.
Additionally, Wolverine announced it will release its Amber Lager in bottles on Aug. 1, and will have a tap room-only release for its Bourbon Barrel Imperial Dark Lager, with pre-sales beginning Aug. 15, and the release taking place Oct. 11.