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Brewery triples capacity

July 1, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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Holland-based Big Lake Brewing produces handcrafted beer and wine. Photo via fb.com

An upstart brewery in the region is tripling its capacity.

Big Lake Brewing Co. in Holland said today it will triple its capacity this year.

The announcement comes near the brewery’s second anniversary and also marks the transition of two of the three owners to full time.

“It’s a really exciting time,” said Nic Winsemius, co-owner and brewer, Big Lake Brewing Co. “Our focus on quality has led us to invest in some laboratory equipment to better ensure consistency.”

Gradual increase

Big Lake first opened on Fourth of July weekend in 2013, and Winsemius, Travis Prueter and Greg MacKeller have brewed on a three-barrel brewing system with limited fermenter space.

The taproom has also been on limited hours since the grand opening.

With plenty of extra space in the production area, Big Lake has slowly grown its production capabilities and will add a new seven-barrel brew system this month.

The new system will allow the brewery to increase its capacity to 1,000 barrels a month.

Big Lake began canning and self-distribution earlier this year, but with the output increase, the owners plan to grow the company’s distribution.

Full time

Winsemius and Prueter recently left their engineering jobs to focus on brewing and business management. The pair serve as the company’s brewers.

MacKeller oversees the wine and mead production.

“It was always our goal to work at the brewery full time,” Prueter said. “But we didn’t expect it to happen this quickly. We’ve consistently sold all of the product we can make, and this is the fourth time we’ve increased our capacity.”

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