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Chuckanut Brewery to expand capacity

DBR Staff Writer Published 15 March 2012

Chuckanut Brewery, a Bellingham-based waterfront brewery, is set to expand its brewing capacity by adding five new 20 barrel fermenters, associated kegs and raw materials.

Umpqua Bank, based in Oregon, has arranged and funded the Small Business Administration loan to Chuckanut that will give it the additional equipment to handle a larger volume of kegged beer.

The new tanks will be delivered in early June, put into production by July and the beer from the new tanks will be ready by late August or September, as the company ages its ales three to four weeks and its lager six to eight weeks.

Chuckanut Brewery co-owner Mari Kemper told The Bellingham Herald that the increase in capacity will help both the retail and wholesale sides of the business.

"We've basically been at capacity since the last time we expanded (in June 2010). It's a good problem to have but still a problem we needed to address," Kemper said.