Brooklyn Brewery May Open $70M Staten Island Base, Report Says

By Nicholas Rizzi on July 28, 2014 12:48pm 

 Brooklyn Brewery plans to build a new $70 million brewing facility outside of its home borough and is eyeing space on the West Shore of Staten Island for the 200,000-square-foot spot.
Brooklyn Brewery plans to build a new $70 million brewing facility outside of its home borough and is eyeing space on the West Shore of Staten Island for the 200,000-square-foot spot.
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STATEN ISLAND — The Brooklyn Brewery might be the latest thing to make the journey across the Verrazano Bridge.

The famous craft brewery plans to open a new 200,000-square-foot manufacturing plant to brew more beer to ship overseas and is eyeing space on the West Shore of Staten Island, Crain's New York reported.

The company wants to build a $70 million, state-of-the-art brewing spot with space to produce 400,000 barrels of beer and room to expand to make a million barrels, according to a draft progress report of large projects drawn up by New York City Regional Economic Development Council, an advisory board working with the brewery.

The brewer is looking for a 20- to 25-acre piece of land near shipping ports and freight rails. Spaces on Staten Island's West Shore and in the Mid-Hudson region are being eyed, according to the draft.

Italian bottled water company Galvanina, Brooklyn Brewery's partner firm, may also pony up an additional $10 million to co-locate their North American operations at the site, according to the draft.

Currently, the beer-maker, which opened in 1996, brews its suds in Utica, New York and at the Williamsburg spot they expanded in 2011 to increase its capacity.

The brewery did not immediately respond to request for comment for this story.

In a blog post about the plans Sunday, the brewery said that lack of real estate in Brooklyn, along with increased demand for the beer in 20 countries, led them to look for space near New York City but outside of Brooklyn.

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