Minnesota’s Summit plans $6 million expansion

Summit Brewing Co. plans to spend about $6 million to expand capacity at its St. Paul brewery within the next two years. The brewery will add to its current building to create more space for fermentation, storage and packaging. With demand for its beers growing, “we will be in a world of hurt if [the expansion] doesn’t happen,” Summit founder Mark Stutrud told the Star-Tribune.

Summit sells its beers in 15 states, with 90% of sales within Minnesota. The company had an 8 percent increase in production last year to almost 105,000 barrels (a barrel holds 31 gallons).

Summit, which has just over 50 employees, also said that its workforce should expand by about 20 percent by the end of this year.