Thursday, October 11, 2012

Railway City Brewing Co. is Expanding!

St. Thomas, ON

St. Thomas Raises a Glass - Railway City Brewing Company Announces Expansion into Larger Facility

There are some exciting things brewing over at Railway City Brewing Company, and if they have their way, there's going to be a few more Dead Elephants coming out of St. Thomas, Ontario.

The company will be making a big move next year, but they won't be going too far.  It was announced on Tuesday that they will be moving their business and expanding into a larger location that will allow them to increase production and further meet the demands of their ever-increasing customer base.

Scheduled to open in 2013, the new brewery will feature an expanded production facility for cans, bottles and draft beer, a larger retail store to better serve the walk-in crowd and a tasting room large enough to hold special events.

Railway City Brewing Company currently employs 10 full and part time staff working out of its brewing facility on Curtis Street in St. Thomas. The company expects to hire more employees when the new facility is completed.

Railway City is one of the many small craft brewers reaping the benefits of an exploding micro-brew market in this province. While beer sales overall have fallen 2% to 3% in the past couple of years, the market for craft beer continues to grow, jumping 9% in volume of beer sold last year, according to the Ontario Craft Breweries, a trade group for independent brewers based in Ontario.

Dennis Broome, President of the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation (EDC) noted that "We are fortunate to have Railway City Brewing Company here in St. Thomas. This announcement represents growth in a sector in which the EDC sees a great deal of potential and I look forward to hearing more great things from the company in the future."

Railway City Brewing said in a release that demand has been outpacing supply in recent years, noting that the brewery was sold out of many brands throughout the summer and was unable to fill some of their customers’ orders. This expansion is necessary both to keep up with current demand and to provide capacity for projected long-term growth.

“You can find Railway City beer at many LCBO stores, bars and restaurants from Windsor to Ottawa, but for the best selection, we recommend a visit to the brewery to sample, tour and purchase their other brands which are not available elsewhere.” Paul Corriveau, V.P. Sales and Marketing added “We pride ourselves in featuring as many local ingredients as possible in our beer, including locally grown hops, apples, honey, and even pears which are featured in our newest Hoptoberfest Beer.  This expansion will allow us the opportunity to continue to create more locally inspired brews”

St. Thomas Mayor Heather Jackson congratulated the company and noted that “The move to the much larger facility will bring a boost to the St. Thomas economy, creating new jobs and opportunities for local residents.  The Railway City name, along with brands that include Dead Elephant, Iron Spike and Black Coal help to solidify St. Thomas’ place as the Railway Capital of Canada and this growth can only help to spread that message even further.”

The current location at 168 Curtis Street will stay open until the new brewery is up and running sometime next year.  The company offers sampling and tours at their location and encourages visitors to stop by and sample their many varieties of quality craft beer.


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