A coveted brewery in Monson will expand its production with a new location in Charlton, according to Boston Magazine. Tree House Brewing Company's co-founder Nate Lanier announced the brewery's plans to build a 45,000-square-foot facility with a 50-barrel brewhouse, revealing further details in a blog post on the brewery's website.
Tree House has a whole 70 acres of land set aside in Charlton for this new project. The space will include a 5,000-square-foot retail area where guests can purchase bottles and get full pours of beer while taking in views of the "tank farm of 60, 120, and 240 BBL fermenters flanked by a natural light-drenched brewhouse."
Lanier wrote that the brewery has maximized its production and efficiency in Monson but needs more space "to make our beer better than ever, vastly expand our range of offerings, make our core offerings more readily available, and to create a central gathering place of kinship and camaraderie for beer enthusiasts."
Monson is about 70 miles away from Boston, and its beers are some of the highest-rated on BeerAdvocate, according to BostInno.
Long term, the Charlton Tree House could accommodate 50,000 barrels of cellar space, which — combined with the brewhouse — could reach 125,000 barrels per year.
Once the Charlton place gets going, the Monson brewery will transition to become a barrel hall and a place for experimentation where Tree House can push the boundaries of years-long projects without space limitations, Lanier wrote. Tree House plans to break ground this spring and to get things up and running within the first part of 2017.
The Monson location is the only place to purchase Tree House beer. It is open for can sales on Wednesdays from 12 to 6 p.m. and for both growler and can sales on Thursday and Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.