Night Shift Brewing Undergoing Massive Expansion
MassDevelopment has officially approved a $700,000 loan in support of Night Shift Brewing’s expansion effort in Everett. The company is using loan proceeds for its expansion from a 3,000-square-foot facility on Charlton Street to a new 16,000-square-foot space at 87 Santilli Highway, which they hope to move into by mid-April.
“This is huge upgrade for us,” says co-owner Michael Oxton. “We’ve been around for two years now and during the course of our second year we realized that there’s way more demand for our product than we can accommodate in our tiny space. We have a long waiting list of accounts who’ve asked for our beer that we’ve unfortunately been unable to provide to. I think it’s a good problem to have, but it’s still a problem.”
Renovations will include converting their current 3.5-barrel brewing system into one with a 20-barrel capacity, bumping production from 700 barrels a year up to 3000 barrels by 2016.
A brewery well regarded for its Barrel Society selections [small-batch offerings only available in their taproom and by membership], wild yeast fermentations, and sour beers, Night Shift will now have more room to entertain their penchant for experimentation.
“We’ll be able to do more of everything,” says Oxton. “Right now we have 100 oak barrels for aging and we hope to grow that to 300 over the next couple of years. Our new space will also have more fermentation capacity to produce more sour projects like Somer Weisse (a berliner weisse brewed with lemongrass and ginger root).
Oxton admits that parking is currently an issue at their facility, but the new space will have a dedicated lot big enough to accommodate crowds and host food trucks every weekend. Their current 90-square-foot taproom will expand into a sprawling 2500-square-foot space that offers seating, up to 25 different beers on tap, event space available for private parties, and easy access to Everett bike trails.
“Boston should expect to see a lot more Night Shift on the shelves and on tap in 2014,” said Oxton.