Destihl Begins Fermentation In New Brewery | WGLT

Destihl Begins Fermentation In New Brewery

Apr 7, 2017

Destihl Brewery will open its new $14 million facility in Normal May 27.

The 47,000 square foot brewery will also have a 6,300 square foot beer hall attached for tasting and with a limited a la carte menu.

The beer hall will go along with Destihl's two existing gastropubs in Normal and Champaign.
Guests will be able to see into the brew house, cellar, and packaging areas.

CEO Matt Potts said the new production brewery has been part of the plan since the first brewpub opened in 2007.

"To see it now almost completed is a dream come true, and a great reward and milestone for the years of success for our company," said Potts.
Destihl received state and federal permits to move several weeks ago and has completed the transfer from the brewery it outgrew on GE Road in Bloomington. Brewing has now begun in the new facility.

More than 650 oak barrels and foudres (large casks) are now in the new two story barrel house just north of the Home Depot and the tire plant in Normal.

The new brewing operation will have a peak capacity of 150,000 barrels per year. Destihl said its initial run will be 25,000 barrels per year.

Destihl broke ground a year ago and will employ 100 people at the facility in addition to 180 others already working for the beer maker.