SYDNEY, Montana – Montana’s Meadowlark Brewing will quickly be slinging its personal cocktails together with its brews at a brand new second location. The Sidney, Montana-based brewery opened Meadowlark Brewing and Spirits final month; a brewery, distillery and restaurant in Billings West Finish. The ability options 28 faucets, and later this 12 months will home the corporate’s first handcrafted spirits program.
Meadowlark Brewing beginning welcoming visitor in August 2022.
The Billings location is Meadowlark’s second brick-and-mortar location, however its first dedicated to craft spirits, together with vodkas, gins and whiskey.
“Spirits has been a subject of curiosity to us for just a few years now,” remarked Meadowlark founder Travis Peterson. “We have now all of the data and tools to brew wash for distillation. Spirits appeared like a pure evolution for the enterprise.”
The growth to Billings marks a turning level for Meadowlark Brewing. The 24,000 sq. ft constructing incorporates a 30-barrel brewhouse and ample cellar house to streamline beforehand inefficient manufacturing objectives. Packaging has been a spotlight with all beer choices transferring right into a 16 oz. can, beforehand 12 ozand 22 oz.
“We have now accomplished as a lot as we are able to from our house location in Sydney,” Peterson stated. “However at a sure level we needed to determine to both develop the enterprise dramatically or be glad with our limitations.”
Opened in 2014, Meadowlark Brewing has gained a fame for constantly producing distinctive and high-quality beers. However being situated in a distant space made for some challenges relating to development.
“We needed to be inventive and we needed to adhere to a strict high quality routine,” Peterson stated. “Our Sidney location is in a really rural a part of the state and we needed to work laborious to develop our presence quite a bit farther from house base than most breweries. A brewery in a big inhabitants space can promote numerous beer at its personal location however we did not have that benefit and we did not know if a primary impression was going to be our solely likelihood.”
Meadowlark had thought-about a second faucet room location for numerous years in a number of cities in Montana. In the end Billings, Montana’s most populous metropolis, was chosen as a result of land was fairly obtainable and Billings is considered an financial hub for all of Japanese Montana and Wyoming. However as a substitute of only a taproom, Meadowlark determined a bigger manufacturing facility was warranted. The pandemic shed extra of a light-weight on the restrictions of small format packaging the Sidney brewery was in a position to produce.
“If the pandemic taught us something,” Peterson stated. “it was that we had to have the ability to depend on small format packaging extra effectively and that distillation would an important second supply of manufacturing.
Distilling operations will begin with vodka, gin with a deal with canned RTDs and can begin laying down a Montana single malt straight whiskey. As the primary Craft Malt Licensed brewery within the Montana, Meadowlark’s dedication to native malt producers will lengthen into its spirits program.
“Agriculture is a cornerstone of our economic system in Montana,” Peterson stated. “Highlighting our relationship with native farmers and maltsters encourages clients to make knowledgeable selections about how they purchase beer and spirits. Montana is beer nation simply as a lot as Napa is wine nation. We have now our personal terroir and we ought to be speaking about it.”
Meadowlark Brewing’s Harvester, American Cream Ale.
Meadowlark presently distributes its choices in Montana however has plans to develop its footprint to surrounding states; akin to, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming and the Dakotas. The growth to Billings included a model refresh for packaging and a rise in choices for retailers. Meadowlark Brewing is presently searching for extra distributing companions in different states
“We half-jokingly say we need to go wherever the Meadowlark flies,” Peterson stated. “However actually, we wish our development to be methodical and natural to take care of high quality and provide.”
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