It may still be 2016, but Junkyard Brewing already has its 2017 New Year’s resolution set—brew more beer.
The Moorhead, Minnesota–based brewery is expanding its operations with the addition of a new 10-barrel brewhouse alongside its current three-barrel brewing system. “Our little three-barrel brewery currently has about 32 barrels of fermenter capacity, and we’re adding 40 barrels of fermentation capacity along with the bigger brewhouse with the potential to add a lot more fermenters,” explained Aaron Juhnke, co-founder and president of Junkyard Brewing.
In addition to the new brewhouse and additional fermentation capacity, the brewery added an automatic keg washer, a 16’x20′ cold storage room, and a four-headed can filler for filling 750-milliliter Crowlers.
The expansion comes two years after the Junkyard opened its taproom in September of 2014. Since then, all of Junkyard’s beer has gone to satisfy the demand from taproom patrons, precluding the possibility of distribution. Once the new brewhouse is fully installed in January 2017, Aaron and brother and co-owner Dan Juhnke hope to being able to not only quench the taproom demand and begin self-distribution the company’s eye-catching cans.
“For next year, [the expansion] means that we will have Crowlers available for off-sale more regularly, and that we will have some beer in the retail market. We might distribute some kegs, but plan to focus mainly on cans,” explained Aaron. “We are also hoping that the increased capacity will give us the opportunity to get more into long term sour and aging projects.”