---- — NEWBURYPORT — The Newburyport Brewing Company announced yesterday that it has raised $1 million in private capital to expand operations to an 8,330-square-foot facility at 4 New Pasture Road in Newburyport.
The company is using natural ingredients in three products that will be available in early 2013: Newburyport Pale Ale, Plum Island Belgian White and Green Head IPA.
“By building an authentic brick-and-mortar production brewery, we are demonstrating our commitment to consumers and retailers who expect great-tasting, locally produced craft beer,” Bill Fisher, co-founder and chief operating officer, said in a press release.
Newburyport Brewing Company also recently announced that it has partnered with Smart Machine Technologies, a designer, fabricator and manufacturer of custom-made beverage systems. As part of the business partnership, the brewing company will serve as a showpiece brewery for SMT and will welcome visits and inquiries from other craft breweries considering SMT brewing equipment.
The new facility will be outfitted with three-vessel, 20-barrel brew house and tank farm, 50,000-pound grain storage silo, automated can and keg packaging lines, 1,200 cubic feet of cold storage and a 2,000-square-foot tasting room with music stage, seating and bar.
Founded this year, Newburyport Brewing Company is a privately held craft brewery and the state’s first exclusive keg and can craft brewery as well as one-stop contract brewing and canning provider. It was launched by Newburyport entrepreneurs, musicians and home brewers Chris Webb and Bill Fisher. Visit www.nbptbrewing.com for more.