ANN ARBOR, MICH. — The Wolverine State Brewing Company received final approval of expansion plans that will add 3,500 square feet of the old Big George’s warehouse to the brewery and Tap Room 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 percent in the Tap Room and nearly 400 percent percent 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.
WOLVERINE AMBER LAGER will be added to the bottled beer lineup beginning Aug. 1. More information about Wolverine Amber, a Vienna-style lager, is available on the “lagers” page of www.wolverinebeer.com.
THE MASSACRE, Bourbon barrel Imperial Dark Lager will release in four-packs in the Tap Room ONLY by pre-sold tickets on Oct. 11, 2012. More info at www.wolverinebeer.com. Presales begin Aug. 15, 2012.
“We are expanding at a rate that far exceeds our original planning,” said Matt Roy, founder and president. “It’s a testament to the high quality of our beer and the popularity of the Tap Room. It is the lager revolution.”
Renovation will begin immediately on the space located at 2019 W. Stadium Ann Arbor. Pricing information on the hall rental will be made available July 15, 2012.