Thirsty Planet Brewing Company is excited to announce the opening of its new brewing facility on South Congress Avenue. The 60,000-square-foot facility will accommodate an initial brewing capacity of 39,000 barrels per year, a significant increase over the 12,000-barrel maximum capacity at the brewery’s current facility. The architectural firm V Three Studios, LLC was brought on board to provide design services for the new brewery and tasting room, the latter of which is scheduled to open by mid-2018. Stantec and KPFF Consulting Engineers are providing engineering services for the project.
As a result of the new facility’s increased capacity, Thirsty Planet will be equipped to meet current product demand for the greater Austin area and expand its bottle offerings to include the Buckethead IPA and Yellow Armadillo American Wheat. The brewery will also be able to produce a wider variety of seasonal and specialty beers, some of which will only be available at the new tasting room. The brewery plans to increase its distribution to include Waco, TX and to San Antonio, TX in the near future.
“The overwhelming local demand for our beer is very humbling, and we’re thrilled to keep contributing to the increasing enthusiasm for craft brewing here in Austin,” said Brian Smittle, owner and founder of Thirsty Planet Brewing Company. “We are deeply invested in the unique culture of this community and want to continue bringing people together over quality beer.”
Beyond the expanded brewing capacity, the new facility offers visitors the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the craft brew experience and appreciate the personality and character of the Thirsty Planet brand. “We were really able to capture the essence of Thirsty Planet’s unique style and sense of humor, which will be on full display with beer pallets used as ceiling elements, open views of the brewing process and wall-mounted papier–mâché heads representing the brewery’s best-selling beers,” said Kurt Kerns, principal and founder of V Three Studios, LLC. “We can’t wait to see the space come to fruition and create an awesome environment for this growing brewery and the community it supports.”
About Thirsty Planet Brewing Company
Thirsty Planet Brewing, Co. is a local craft brewery located in Austin. Thirsty Planet has a central Austin distribution footprint which includes Hays, William and Travis counties. Founded by owner, Brian Smittle in 2010 the brewery has become best known for their year-round draft offerings of Thirsty Goat Amber, Buckethead IPA, and Yellow Armadillo Wheat. Rotating seasonal draft selections are also offered throughout the year. Thirsty Goat Amber is now available in bottled 6 packs and for off-premise sale at grocery stores, convenience stores, and liquor stores around Austin. Thirsty Planet has a strong charitable presence within the Austin community and supports local Austin charities throughout the year. To learn more about brewery tours and tastings visit, www.thirstyplanet.beer
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