Update on Asheville: Production Begins in 2017
In 2015, White Labs announced pretty significant expansion plans for a new eastern United States production facility and headquarters. Since then, a good deal of progress has been made and we’re excited to share that White Labs Asheville is ringing in the new year with production beginning as early as the second week of January 2017! Ultimately, the facility will be ramping up operations in three phases with all construction ending in late spring 2017 (fingers crossed, you know how construction plans unfold). Here are some of the updates we’re happy to share, including more details on what’s to come…
So far, we finished building out space for our production facility and administrative offices, and have also begun to move in our yeast propagation equipment (also known as the FlexCell™ process). Once production begins in January, we will be producing a limited amount of yeast from this location and likely still shipping most of our supply from San Diego. In phase two we’ll be adding more FlexCells™ and increasing production.
*Asheville team members show off our future yeast lab.
Hiring for Asheville officially began in early fall 2016. A few our of San Diego-based team members have relocated to assist with setting up the facility, on-boarding new employees and allowing for operations to smoothly commence. Among them, our very own vice president Lisa White is now residing in North Carolina and driving this project to fruition. We set a date for Asheville’s new hire orientation to begin immediately after the New Year. Are you interested in joining the team? Take a peek at the White Labs jobs board here.
While we’d love to have you stop by for a tour and educational beer tasting at White Labs Asheville, we hope to officially open to the public in late spring 2017. We’re working on a tasting room and boutique restaurant, along with adding an educational classroom and large-scale brewing system. Much like our current San Diego and Boulder Tasting Room, the AVL Tasting Room will serve the same batches of beer fermented with different White Labs liquid yeast strains. This will all mark the completion of phase three, and for the next two years, we’ll shift our focus to increase yeast production from Asheville.
**Construction for our future tasting room and restaurant has begun.
Keep a lookout for additional information on White Labs Asheville via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and whitelabs.com/asheville. We look forward to getting operations dialed in and having the ability to create more yeast than ever before...Stay tuned for more updates!