Anybody working in downtown Cleveland today (July 23) may spot an intriguing sight. Two 600-barrel fermenters will be trucked from the Port of Cleveland to Great Lakes Brewing Co. starting around 1 p.m. Another two tanks will make their way from the port to the brewery on Thursday.
All four fermenters, which were made in Germany, will be lifted by crane into Great Lakes' production brewery on Carroll Avenue on Thursday.
The brewery is making about $7 million worth of capital improvements this year to expand its brewing capacity by about 20 percent. The new fermenters are the second part of a two-phase expansion. Two 600-barrel bright tanks were installed earlier this month.
Great Lakes, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, has reported that beer shipments climbed 22 percent to 142,673 barrels last year. The brewery is the 20th largest craft brewery in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.