A Bloomington Normal Brewer is building a new $14 million production facility in north Normal. Destihl Brewery says it has plans for a 47,000 square foot facility north of Menards.
The project would begin this spring and be ready in 2017. The project is dependent on approval of an extension to the Enterprise Zone for the Property.
Destihl CEO Matt Potts said the new facility would create an additional 70 jobs and the possibility of double that in the next decade. He says Destihl currently employs more than 180 people at its existing gastropubs and brewery in Bloomington, Normal, and Champaign.
Potts says his brewery has averaged over 100% growth in each of the last three years and is rapidly running out of space and capacity in its current brewery on GE Road in Bloomington.
Potts says the new brewery will feature two 60-barrel kettles and two 120-barrel kettles, ultimately capable of brewing more than 150,000 barrels of beer per year. Initial capacity will be 30,000 barrels per year, double its projections for the existing brewery production.
"We are thrilled that an innovative and award-winning business such as Destihl has chosen the Town of Normal as the location to grow their business," said Mayor Chris Koos.
Potts says the company has options to buy more than the six acres of the current parcel, if future expansion is needed.
Destihl currently sells its products in 13 states. While specializing in sour ales, the company makes a range of beers including lagers, ales, stouts, and porters.