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Brewery undergoing expansion

June 7, 2017
| By Pat Evans |
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Railtown Brewing Co. expansion partial rendering
A partial rendering of the expanded Railtown Brewing Co. in Dutton. Courtesy Railtown Brewing Co.

A brewery in the area is expanding.

Railtown Brewing Co. in Dutton, at 3555 68th St. SE, just southeast of Grand Rapids, said yesterday it plans to expand its taproom and production capabilities.

The brewery will take over the neighboring carwash building, which will provide 6,250 square feet.

The new space will have room for 100 people inside, 95 seats on a mezzanine and 40 to 70 on the patio.

“We are thrilled to formalize that we are staying rooted in the Dutton community,” said Justin Buiter, co-owner, Railtown Brewing Co. “Our customers have supported us for two-and-a-half years, and we couldn’t be happier to stay here.”

Construction is slated to start this summer, with a planned opening this winter.

The cost of the project was not disclosed.

The business is a 50-50 partnership between Buiter and Co-Owner Gim Lee.

The two intended on remaining at their full-time jobs when they opened in 2014, but within weeks, they quit their jobs.

Along with the expanded taproom area, Buiter said they'll likely move up to a 7-barrel brewing system, from the current 3-barrel system. The increase could double the brewery’s capacity to up to 2,500 barrels a year.

The brewery sold 414 barrels in 2016 and plans for 1,000 in 2018.

Grand Rapids-based Beer City Metal Works & Construction is the project's contractor, and The Design Forum in Grand Rapids is serving as the project's architect.

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