Conquest teased some “big” news early last week, setting off speculation as to what exactly the brewery had in store. A new release? New packaging? The long-awaited arrival of the second heir to the Conquest throne?
While it didn’t arrive on schedule, the brewery still announced the “big” news before the week was out: It would soon become home to a shiny new 30 BBL fermenter, nearly doubling the brewery’s fermentation capacity.
The new fermenter, which was scheduled to arrive Monday, will bring Conquest’s fermentation capacity up to 79 BBLs. The brewery already has four 6 BBL fermenters, one 10 BBL and one 15 BBL. The new equipment is expected to be online soon and will help keep up with the increasing demand for Conquest’s flagship beers, which are now available in all of the state’s major markets.
For the time being, Conquest will remain on its 3 BBL brewing system but is inching closer to expanding to a 15 BBL brewing system, which will make filling the 30 BBL fermenter much less labor-intensive. The brewery expects to have the larger brewing system up and running by year’s end.