Taproom Nation: Small Craft Breweries Expand Their Footprints

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  1. BeerAdvocate

    BeerAdvocate Admin (4,017) Aug 23, 1996 Finland
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    Attracted by the idea of increased brand awareness and selling directly to consumers, breweries tackle growth by opening multiple locations in their hometowns. We look at examples in San Diego, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Asheville, N.C.

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  2. Squire

    Squire Grand Pooh-Bah (3,981) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    I'm in favor of local brewers expanding their footprint.
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  3. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania

    We're certainly seeing this expansion even in a small market like Pittsburgh. Certain states, however, limit how many locations that you can have. Pennsylvania is one of them.
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  4. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,181) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    In Pennsylvania each brewery is permitted to open two taprooms/tasting rooms. One example is Conshohocken Brewing which has two brewing locations: Main brewery in Conshohocken and a Brewpub they opened in Bridgeport a year or so ago. Since they have two brewing locations they can open up four taprooms/tasting rooms. One of these taprooms/tasting rooms is opening this evening in Phoenixville and another will open early next year in Havertown.


    My guess is they will see how these two new businesses work out before deciding whether to open two more.

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  5. KevSal

    KevSal Pooh-Bah (2,916) Oct 17, 2010 California
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    Fieldwork is a great example of this at work. 5 locations all around northern California. I wish more norcal breweries would do the same.
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  6. HeilanCoo

    HeilanCoo Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2014 North Carolina

    The Asheville wrap-up forgot one of the more venerable players: Catawba Brewing. Started in nearby Morganton, opened first one and then a 2nd location in Asheville, and recently a large facility in Charlotte. That's 4 points of sale and counting.

    Also, no matter what their press says, that ain't no rooftop brewery at the GreenMansion.
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  7. Keene

    Keene Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2009 Washington

    Thanks for reading and for pointing out our omission. You're absolutely right, but as you can imagine, it can be tough to include every single example of a trend in one article. As for Green Man, we refer to a rooftop bar in the article, not a rooftop brewery.
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  8. HeilanCoo

    HeilanCoo Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2014 North Carolina

    My mistyping skills amaze me. I also meant to say rooftop bar. But it still ain't on top.
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