Great Lakes Brewing Co., which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, announced plans this week to expand distribution and make capital improvements at its Cleveland brewery.
Great Lakes -- Ohio's oldest craft brewery -- will expand into the Gettysburg and Harrisburg, Pa., areas during the second quarter of this year; into the West Virginia panhandle, Indiana, St. Cloud, Minn., and Northeast and North Central Pennsylvania in the third quarter; and throughout North Carolina in the first quarter of next year. The brewery now serves 13 states and Washington, D.C.
The brewery also plans to improve automation in the brewhouse, allowing it to make 10 brews a day, up from seven; upgrade its labeler so it can do 240 bottles a minute as opposed to the current 170; and make other improvements, including to water daeration. The company did not state in a news release the cost of the financial investment.