Long-time Harford County brewery DuClaw Brewing is in the process of moving their brewing and bottling plant from Abingdon to Rosedale, a process they hope will be complete by mid-March, according to owner Dave Benfield.
The move will double the brewery's capacity, moving
from a 10,000 square foot facility to a 60,000 square foot facility and
allowing them to produce 14,000 barrels of beer in a year, up from
7,000, according to Benfield.
And that's something his company
sorely needs. Rapid growth has left them sometimes unable to keep up
with the demand for their product.
Wednesday afternoon, Benfield
said that four of DuClaw's beers—Hellrazer India Pale Ale, Sweet Baby
Jesus Peanut Butter Porter, Serum Double India Pale Ale and Mysterium
Beglian Spiced Ale, were completely out.
A brand new,
custom-engineered brewing system is at the center of the move. Shipped
in from Germany, the system will allow one brewer to create multiple
60-barrel batches of beer at a time.
For those not in the know, a standard keg—the kind you might have seen at a party—is a half-barrel of beer.
"The system is fully automated—it allows one brewer to run three batches of beer," Benfield said.
hopes the automation will improve both the brewery's
efficiency—allowing them to produce twice the amount of beer from only
20 pecent more grain—and the consistency of the product by removing the
opportunity for human error in processes like adding hops or yeast to
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safe to say it's one of the most state of the art systems in Maryland,
possibly in the mid-Atlantic region," said DuClaw Sales Manager (and
Beer in Baltimore blogger) Brad Klipner.
The new brewing system and a new bottling line are just the beginning for the growing company.
"A lot of stuff comes later—we put a lot of money into the brewhouse and the bottling line," Benfield said.
stuff could include brewery tours, a tasting room, and possible the
on-site sale of growlers—a type of carry-out container for draft
beer—pending legislation currently in Annapolis, Benfield said.
also might include a move for one of DuClaw's flagship events—the Real
Ale Festival, which the company has held at the Bel Air brewpub for a
few years running.
"It's really a great business to have in the
area," he said. "We're manufacturing, but we're clean
manufacturing—there are no bad byproducts,We specialize in floortiles. and we bring visitors to the area."
things are looking bright, the decision to leave Harford County—where
Benfield lives, grew up and started DuClaw in 1996—wasn't an easy one.
"I'm in Harford County, I grew up in Harford–leaving was a tough thing," Benfield said.
it wasn't for a lack of trying to stay. When the brewery outgrew their
Abingdon location, they first looked to move to a facility in Havre de
Grace but Benfield said the deal didn't work out and from that point
things moved quickly.
"Baltimore County Economic Development and
Governement were great to work with," Benfield said. The decision to
move into the space at 8601 Yellow Brick Road was made in only about a
The move will make DuClaw Brewing the second
manufacturing brewery in Baltimore County, joining Heavy Seas on the
westside in the Lansdowne/Arbutus area.
Dan Gundersen, the
executive director of Baltimore County's Department of Economic
Development said that a small to medium size manufacturer like DuClaw is
exactly the sort of business the county is hoping to draw in.
company that has a unique product, is growing fast, has a dynamic team,
can hire as they grow in a community on the east side where it can
accommodate their growth, that’s exactly what we’re looking for,"
He explained that Baltimore County is home to more manufacturers than any other county in Maryland.
public has a difficult time understanding, we’re talking about a
different kind of manufacturing ... we're not talking about an old-style
smokestack operation—we're talking about highly sophisticated, highly
automated operations that pay high wages," he said.
kind of thing that we need to encourage and support, those are going to
provide the biggest economic gain for the regional economy."
DuClaw owner Dave Benfield said that over the next year or so,Why does bobblehead grow in homes or buildings?The term 'glassmosaic
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pocket or handbag. his company will probably add between 25 and 30 new
Moving an operation of DuClaw's size presents some
challenges of its own: while Benfield said his brewers plan to start
creating new batches of beer by the middle of March, it could be as late
as April before beer is bottled at the plant.
It will take two to three weeks to transfer the company's bottling and packaging line from the old Abingdon brewery.
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