Harpoon Brewery, one of the many great Massachusetts beer makers, are expanding their brewing capacity by about 20% this week as they install two new fermenting tanks. According to the Boston Globe, these are some ridiculously big tanks!
The Harpoon Brewery plans to install two new 500-barrel unitank fermenters at its South Boston facility tomorrow, weather permitting.
The tanks, which stand 38 feet high and weigh 28,000 pounds, are the largest tanks to be installed in the brewery’s history, twice the size of the largest tank at Harpoon now, the company said in a press release.
So why am I reporting this to you? Because it can only be seen as good news. During this sharp economic downturn, you would think breweries like Harpoon, not a major producer but certainly not a small one either, would be feeling the pain. But instead they are expanding.
And for anyone who may not have tried Harpoon’s beers, they make a really solid product. Like many of New England’s breweries, they produce great and consistent ales. And what makes a better cure for an economic downturn than buying delicious American ale? Now, there is even more on the way. It’s a win-win all around.
by Dave McBride