10 September 2012

DuClaw Moving to Baltimore County UPDATED

DuClaw Brewing seems to have found a new home.

With the caveat that anything can still happen to disrupt the deal (and it's happened before)......  We're picturing Bullwinkle the Magician saying "This time for sure!..."

After the earlier announced plan for the purchase of a Havre de Grace, Harford County industrial location for a new brewery location fell through, DuClaw Brewing Co. president David Benfield confirmed over the weekend that the company was partway through closing on a new deal to acquire a large industrial building on Yellow Brick Road in Rosedale, Baltimore County, a short distance from the junction of Pulaski Highway and the Baltimore Beltway.

"It's literally the same building that Legends Limited, the beer importer and distributor, is based out of," said Benfield.  "We could just roll our production through a roll-up door to them.  But unfortunately they're just not our distributor!"

The planned purchase of the 165,000-square-foot Havre de Grace location was undone by demands of the property developer, according to Benfield.  A larger brewing system is en route from overseas and is expected to arrive in November.  The company expects to make a gradual transition to the new facility from its current Abingdon plant, and hopes to be running at the Rosedale site in spring 2013.  Benfield raised the possibility that the new facility could end up, like Heavy Seas Brewery in Halethorpe, playing host to its own special events such as the annual Real Ale Festival in September.

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UPDATE:  More from Baltimore Business Journal.

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