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Hart Brewing, Inc. expands brewery.

Hart Brewing, Inc. expands brewery

Hart Brewing, Inc., has at last opened its new brewery on the banks of the Kalama, WA's Columbia River. The new plant will replace the downtown Kalama brewery, which was originally launched in 1984.

The old brewery was expanded twice by former owners Tom Baune and his wife Beth Hartwell, but was operating near capacity when the new owners - Jack Bryce, John Stoddard, George Hancock, and John and Peter Morse - took over in July of 1989. Recent growth in the microbrewery industry convinced the partners that a major expansion was necessary. Construction of the new facility began in the spring of 1990.

The heart of the new plant is its new 65-barrel capacity brewhouse, now the largest specialty brewhouse in the Northwest, according to the partners. "The brewhouse design utilizes American and German brewing technology while eschewing automation in favor of operator control," said project manager Vince Cottone.

Draft beer shipments from the new brewery began in June, while finishing touches on its bottling line have just been completed.

Later this month, the brewery staff will welcome the arrival of master brewer Jack Schaller as the new plant manager. Schaller brings with him over 15 years of production experience and impressive achievements in commercial brewing and winemaking.
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Title Annotation:Hart Brewing Co.'s Kalama brewery
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Oct 21, 1991
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