Jacksonville is becoming a microbrewery hotspot. There are now six microbreweries in Duval including Engine 15 Brewing Co. located in Jacksonville Beach, who have just announced that they will be expanding their business with a new location in the downtown neighborhood of LaVilla. This winter, Engine 15 will be expanding its brewing facilities with a new production brewery downtown that will allow them to immensely ramp up the quantities of their beer production.
The downtown production facility will raise beer production from its current capacity of roughly 1,000 barrels a year to a total capacity of 10,000 barrels a year. Engine 15 said they have plans to also install a 20 barrel brewhouse and 60 barrel fermentation tanks, along with a large format bottling line to more widely distribute their beer. All the equipment is scheduled to begin brewing beer by February 2014, and the brewery also plans to add a canning line in late 2014.
Engine 15’s new location encompasses a massive 1.3 acres and two buildings totaling 38,000 square feet under roof. With all of this space, the JAX beach brewers are planning to add on a tap room and outdoor beer garden for potential customers.
Luciano Scremin, co-owner and brewmaster at Engine 15 said he plans to keep the JAX beach location, so fear not beach dwellers. “This new facility will allow us to grow our distribution while keeping our Jacksonville Beach location to serve our customers new and interesting beers and food,” said Scremin. Sean Bielman, who is also a co-owner and brewer at Engine 15 added, “The Jacksonville Beach location will remain and be tasked with creating fun and interesting new beers without the pressure of strict brew schedules to meet production quotas.”
To find out more information, visit Engine 15’s website, or stop by their Beaches location and grab a beer!