SACRAMENTO – One of Sacramento's most popular craft breweries has announced plans to open a new, 35,000 square-foot production brewery and tasting room in Natomas.
In a press release issued Tuesday morning, Curtis Park's Track 7 Brewing Company revealed they had signed a lease with Westcore Properties at 826 Professor Lane in Natomas. The move was made to accommodate surging demand for their beers, according to co-owner Ryan Graham.
"Demand for our beers is through the roof," Graham said. "As fast as we add new tanks at our Curtis Park facility, that capacity is absorbed. We needed to get ahead of our ability to meet demand for our beer, and this new facility will allow us room to grow."
The new location will allow Track 7 to produce an estimated 8,000 barrels of beer per year. By comparison, the brewery churned out just under 1,200 barrels in 2013 at their Curtis Park facility.
The bulk of the new capacity will be filled with Track 7's flagship Panic IPA, per the release. Panic IPA won "Best of Show" at the California State Fair Craft Brew Competition in June, besting 859 beers from California breweries which included nationally renowned brewers such as Stone Brewing Company and Firestone Walker Brewing Company.
The ability to produce 6,800 more barrels of beer per year will allow Track 7 to broaden their distribution radius, thus introducing Northern and Central California to some of Sacramento's preferred ales, as well as Sacramento's growth as a prominent producer of artisan brews.
"Right now, our draft product is limited to a 30-mile radius and our packaged product to a 70-mile radius," co-owner Geoff Scott explained. "The Natomas facility will give us an opening capacity of about 8,000 barrels of beer. Our goal has always been to satisfy the Sacramento demand prior to taking on new territory. This should allow us to meet that goal and still have product remaining to begin the development of East Bay and Central Valley markets."
Track 7 will retain its Curtis Park brewery for the production of sour beers and pilot releases, according to Graham.
"One of the main reasons for expanding at a different location was to separate production of traditionally fermented products from the wild and sour beers that we also want to make," Graham said. "Now, we can take more risks and start pushing our creative boundaries."
Scott said he anticipates the new facility to open in December 2014.