UPDATED 1/8/15: Hiring Kicks Off and Brewhouse Vessels Arrive

UPDATED INFORMATION as of 1/8/2015 Happy nearly New Year! We're ringing in 2015 with an exciting week and reflecting on 2014 with gratitude. We hope you are as well.  On January 7, we'll kick off our public hiring for our Asheville location and the same week, our brewhouse vessels arrive in Asheville after making the trek from Kitzingen, Germany. HIRING KICK OFF We'll kick off our Asheville hiring phase at Asheville’s 9th Annual Homecoming Job Fair on January 7, 2015 at the WNC Agriculture Center in Fletcher, NC from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Along with about 100 other businesses, we'll meet with potential applicants at the job fair. Jobs will be posted throughout 2015. Find jobs and ...
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Brewhouse Vessels Arrive in Asheville

We are incredibly grateful to be surrounded by an exceptional team and community as we undertake what is New Belgium's largest project and investment to date, building an east coast brewery home in Asheville, NC. The second week in January, our Brewhouse vessels arrive, marking a key milestone in this process. Literally hundreds of people from multiple countries have made this possible. We are grateful.  Read the press release New Belgium Asheville, December 2014 - www.oppenheimphoto.com  Brewhouse 2 in Fort Collins, CO Whirlpool kettle ready for shipment from Germany Wort Kettle and Mashtun at GEA in Germany
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October 31, 2014 - Distribution Center Site Update

Over the last month at our DC site in Enka-Candler, tilt up walls have been erected and structural Steel is currently being welded on site for roofing.    We expect the building to be enclosed by December and operational by Spring 2015.
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UPDATED October 31, 2014: BOOerwery Site Update

HAPPENING NOW Deep Foundation Piles – Anticipated neighborhood impact: 4 of 5 (noise and trucks) The second and final planned installation of deep foundation piles will start around November 10 and be finished within two weeks or less, weather pending. We thank our immediate neighbors for their patience during this process. UPDATE: 11/21/14 - if you live nearby, you may have noticed it's been fairly quiet these last two weeks.  Due to challenges with equipment and increased depth needed for some of the piles, our timeline for pile driving has shifted.  We aim to have pile driving complete before Thanksgiving, but it may continue into the first week in December.  Regardless of whether w...
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October 2, 2014: Site Update - Craven Street

HAPPENING NOW Malt Silos Preparation – Anticipated neighborhood impact: 2 of 5 (material delivery, setting steelwork for silos) Malt Silos store malt for brewing Malt Silos construction has begun and continues through November.  The Malt Silos are located within the retaining walls on the west end of the site.  The nine silos will be constructed in pieces and then walled in later this year. The process begin in mid-September and you can start see them taking shape. Cellar Foundations- Anticipated neighborhood impact: 3 of 5 (trucks along Riverside and Craven, extended work hours) Foundation work continues and runs through the first of next year.  You will see increased trucks a...
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September 17, 2014: Site Update - Craven Street

HAPPENING NOW Malt Silos Preparation – Anticipated neighborhood impact: 3 of 5 (material delivery, setting steel columns) Malt Silos store malt for brewing Malt Silos construction will begin with setting steel columns in the next week and continue through November.  The Malt Silos are located within the retaining walls on the west end of the site.  The nine silos will be constructed in pieces and then walled in later this year. While the process begins in mid-September, visually, you will see it starting to take shape around mid-October. Site Panorama - see the site from the inside Cellar Foundations You may have noticed the columns that went up on site.  They are the foundatio...
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August 18, 2014: Distribution Center Site Update

We’re moving right along with progress on our Distribution Center (DC), starting to pour foundations.  By the end of this week (weather pending) we will pour nearly 2,000 cubic yards of concrete.  That’s roughly 250 concrete truck fulls or enough to pour about 120 slabs for a 1,500 SF house! We expect the DC walls to be raised by September 2014 and the building to be complete by Spring of 2015.  We'll ship beer along the East Coast from the DC in Enka-Candler. And, we have a new DC neighbor! Wicked Weed Brewing is building a production brewery next door.
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August 7, 2014: Site Update-Craven Street

HAPPENING NOW Concrete Foundation Work-Anticipated neighborhood impact: 3 of 5 (expanded work hours and concrete trucks) Foundation work has begun and runs through the first of next year.  You will see increased trucks along Riverside Dr. and Craven St., and you may see some on Haywood Rd.  You will see material deliveries and trucks on site. We have obtained a permit from the City for expanded work hours for concrete work. The expanded hours are necessary due to a schedule delay with concrete preparation and a hard date for sections of the concrete to be complete by September 15 for building the Malt Silo. Details of expanded hours: Friday, August 8– Morning Concrete Pour– pe...
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City Begins Improvements on Craven Street

Craven Street runs along our brewery and Liquid Center location in West Asheville, and the Craven Street construction starts today, July 21, 2014 and continues through December 2015. The City has chosen Tennoca for the Craven Street contract. The City encourages citizens to avoid Craven from July 2014-July 2015 as much as possible.  Schedules may change based on weather and material availability. A press release from the City with more information is here.  Other City resources: Details on the improvements. Here’s an easy one-pager with some background, closing and contacts, including anticipated street closures. Here's a link to the City’s Craven Street Improvements Project Page  ...
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July 8, 2014 Site Update – Craven Street

We have a shift in the pile driving schedule from our Early July Update. Thank you for bearing with us during this construction process, which is, at times unpredictable, with timelines and processes shifting day by day and sometimes even hour by hour.  We're doing our best to keep you posted. Update below. Good news –Pile driving will stop temporarily. We anticipate this temporary stop happening by the end of the week of July 7, earlier than our original estimated stop date of mid to end of July. Bad news – While we wish it were complete, pile driving is not yet finished.  We anticipate we will drive about 40 additional piers starting in late summer or early fall. We will keep you poste...
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Summer 2014: Distribution Center Site Update

In January 2014, we secured our location for our distribution center in Enka Center off Highway 19/23 in Enka-Candler, NC. It's about 8 miles from the brewery and Liquid Center site on Craven Street.  Since that announcement, product demand and construction efficiency are driving our decision to build the full 141,000 sq ft facility in one swoop rather than in two phases. We will distribute beer made at our Asheville brewery across the East coast from this location.  Hiring will begin in early 2015. More below the photo. Site preparation at our DC began late this spring 2014.  Grading and pad preparation are in progress.  The building process will run concurrent with the brewery buildi...
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Early July 2014 Site Update: Brewery and Liquid Center

Thank you for your patience as we continue with pile driving on site to stabilize the foundation for our brewery and Liquid Center on Craven Street in West Asheville. We are moving as efficiently as possible to complete the process.  The construction process is, at times, unpredictable, altering timelines and processes day by day and sometimes even hour by hour. If you have questions or want to talk in person, please get in touch by phone or email. Update below the images. HAPPENING NOW Deep Foundation Piles for the Liquid Center (South end of the site) - Anticipated neighborhood impact: 4 of 5 (noise and trucks) This process has begun and ideally it will last for a 2-weeks, with complet...
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END OF MAY 2014: Beginning of Deep Foundation Piles

END OF MAY 2014:  Beginning of Deep Foundation Piles Anticipated neighborhood impact: 4 of 5 (noise and trucks) As our weather becomes more conducive for outdoor work, activities on the construction site are changing more rapidly.  Accordingly, we will post updates more frequently.  Deep Foundation Piles – Given the generally unstable soil conditions of our site, certain sections of the brewery and all of the Liquid Center must rely on deep foundation piles, i.e. steel H-beams driven into the ground until reaching bedrock.  This process is loud, with ground vibration being felt by neighbors closest to the site.  We’ve contracted a local geotechnical firm to monitor noise and vibratio...
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May 2014 Site Update: Monthly Overview

MAY 2014:  Preparing site for building construction Anticipated neighborhood impact: 4 of 5 (noise and trucks) The focus remains on preparing the site for building construction, and the end of this phase is in sight!  Although the early-spring wet weather caused schedule delays, we’ve been able to use more dirt from the “upper” half of the site (i.e. between Haywood Road and Penland Creek) than was expected.  This has decreased the need for off-site soil and delayed its delivery until now. Soil Import – To continue to raise the site out of the flood plain, the importing of soil is scheduled to begin this week with a 2-week duration (weather dependent, of course).  The truck traffic w...
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April 2014 Site Update: Monthly Overview

APRIL 2014: Ground Improvement & Site Grading Anticipated Community impact: 4 of 5 (noise and trucks) Here’s what will be going on for the next few weeks at our Asheville brewery site: Ground Improvement - Work on our aggregate pier ground improvements will wrap up in the next several days.  We anticipate working this weekend (April 5th/6th) to finish this work and move out equipment ahead of off-site import of soil. Site Grading – on site grading will continue into early May.  Our “screening” piles of rock and concrete rubble along Craven Street will be crushed and reused on site as well. Soil Import – Assuming weather cooperates next week (Mon, Apr 7th), we will begin importin...
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Groundbreaking Celebration: May 2 at The Grey Eagle

Going up! We are starting our building process of our East Coast brewery in Asheville and want to celebrate with you!   In West Asheville, along the French Broad River, a 133,000 SF brewery and tasting room, where we will eventually brew 500,000 barrels annually, will be emerging.  We'll support upwards of 140 jobs at full build out.  Brewing will begin in late 2015, but the celebration starts now! Asheville, we plan to celebrate with you in fine style. Asheville-based rock, soul, gospel band David Earl and the Plowshares join us to get down with you! Tickets are free, and we recommend getting yours soon by going to Grey Eagle or Harvest Records in person. Tickets are not available onlin...
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Partner: Industrious Productions (sweet film makers)

We’re working with some cool Asheville cats to document the building of our Asheville brewery - Rod, Francine, and Adams from Industrious Productions. Industrious Productions has worked with some amazing clients, including American Express’s Open Forum, Leaf International, and The Biltmore to name a few.  They’ll be helping us tell the story of building a brewery, the history of the area, and all the partnerships, challenges and successes that are part of that process. In the 4 years since they formed Industrious Productions, they’ve have had assignments that have taken them from Point Hope, Alaska to the Copper Canyons of Mexico.  They are currently also working on independent feature d...
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March 2014: Site Update (Month Overview)

Soil Stabilization + Improvement and Floodplain Mitigation Anticipated community impact: 3.5 of 5 (noise and trucks) Due to some weather-related impacts, we continue to work on soil stabilization and floodplain mitigation on site and will do so into early May.  The work on site will increase in intensity in March and April.  We will be working many Saturdays and will delay starting work until at least 8:00 a.m. on Saturdays.  Aggregate Piers: As foundation preparation, large cylindrical holes will be drilled into the ground on site and stone will fill the holes and be compacted to stabilize the soil. There will be trucks bringing stone to the site, as well as drilling and pounding. Yo...
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Wicked Weed Beer Collab: Tapping March 8 in Asheville

We teamed up with Wicked Weed Brewing to brew a collaboration beer in Fort Collins last fall. A limited amount of the collaboration beer –a Brettanomyces IPA or Brett IPA– has made it to the east coast.  The east coast tapping will occur at Wicked Weed’s Brewpub downstairs taproom at 91 Biltmore Ave. with representatives from both breweries on Saturday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m. Wicked Weed owners and brothers, Luke and Walt Dickinson, jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with our brewer, Matty Gilliland after meeting at a beer dinner hosted at Wicked Weed’s brewpub.  And, we jumped at the opportunity to work with them! Last September 2013, the Dickinson’s came to Fort Collins to brew a 1...
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Partner: Asheville on Bikes + Bike Love baby

We’ve been working with Asheville On Bikes since 2010 through Clips of Faith.  AOB is a non-profit advocacy organization advancing bicycle culture in Asheville, NC. Their work, along with other strong organizations and advocates, and public and private partnerships (like ours!) is steadily making cycling in Asheville safer and more available.  On February 22, AOB is hosting one of their largest fundraisers of the year, Bike Love (and we're a proud sponsor).  There’s music -Jamar Woods & the Broken Spokes and DJ Marley Carroll - and fun, but also dynamic, quick information sessions to learn about how and why it’s important to support bicycle culture in our community.  Presenters with have ...
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