The huge new building (which has not been without its controversy) will replace the brewery’s current production line, and will allow the brewers — when fully functional — to produce four times the amount of beer.
Lost Coast Brewery owner Barbara Groom told the congressman and other visitors that there are still kinks being worked out in the brewing and bottling lines, but the brewery’s flaship beers — sold widely in California, Florida, Korea and some European countries — are already being made there. Groom had hoped to reduce the number of employees necessary at the new brewery, she said, but ongoing hiccups made it necessary to hire more.
Groom is hoping to get up to 300,000 barrels per year when running at maximum capacity. That translates to roughly 99 million (12-ounce) bottles of beer per year.
Here's a video of Lost Coast Brewery's new lauter tun, which is used to separate spent grain from the liquid that will become beer, traversing Highway 101's Richardson Grove:
Congressman Jarad Huffman was in town last weekend for a fundraiser and tours that included one of the brand new, up and running, $27 million Lost Coast Brewery facility on the very south end of Eureka.