It’s safe to say beer geeks in Columbia are thirsty for some of their own locally produced beers, and since Conquest‘s stuff has started trickling out into the market, they can barely keep up with production.
“Our beer is selling out in a matter of hours wherever it goes,” Conquest co-owner Joseph Ackerman told me earlier this week. “Columbia’s thirst for local is incredible. So we saw the need to expand.”
And expand they will.
Conquest announced today that they have purchased and will soon receive enough equipment to grow their output threefold. Some of the new equipment was delivered to the brewery earlier this week and will be up and running soon.
Conquest currently has a three-barrel brewhouse with four six-barrel fermenters. Their new equipment includes a seven-barrel bright tank and a 10-barrel fermenter. There’s also an additional 15-barrel fermenter on order, and an additional whirlpool tank will be installed soon.
“So with these two tanks we are effectively doubling our fermentation capacity, and with more hours will be tripling our output,” said Ackerman. Conquest will be able to brew four times a day when everything is online.
In addition to that, Charleston’s Holy City recently sold Conquest its old keg washer, which was installed Monday.
Reminder: It’s been less than two months since Conquest was cleared to begin distributing, and their tasting room isn’t even open yet.
Drink up, Columbia, because you’ve got a lot more coming.