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New Belgium Brewing to Break Ground on East Coast Facility May 1 in Asheville, NC

$175 million investment, 133,000 SF, 400+ construction jobs, 140 permanent jobs, 1 great city

Ft. Collins, Colo., April 17, 2014 - Going up! New Belgium Brewing is officially breaking ground and starting construction on its second brewery—a 133,000 SF brewery and tasting room. At full build out, New Belgium will brew 500,000 barrels annually and support upwards of 140 jobs. The groundbreaking includes a private ceremony on May 1 and a public celebration on May 2.

“Over the last two years, we’ve really enjoyed getting to know this community and we have developed strong partnerships with businesses, non-profits, government agencies and neighbors,” said New Belgium CEO and co-founder, Kim Jordan. “We’re investing in greenways and all these amazing programs that our partners have established. We’re grateful to be part of this city and for our partnerships, and are incredibly excited to get this off the ground.”

New Belgium’s brewery and Liquid Center (tasting room) location, an 18-acre site along the French Broad River in West Asheville, was designated as a brownfield site, having a history of uses that necessitated site clean-up prior to building. New Belgium worked with North Carolina’s brownfield program to invest in and remediate the site and improve the area.

“While brownfield remediation isn’t exactly sexy work, it was important to our employee owners to improve a site from an environmental perspective,” said Jay Richardson, New Belgium’s General Manager in Asheville. “We’re rounding the corner and it’s exciting to see the site taking shape. Starting in May, we’ll see buildings going up and things will really be transformed.”

The site has a rich history in the neighborhood with many different uses in the past, including an auto salvage shop and stockyard, a location for circus performances and even auctions. The buildings on the site provided New Belgium with materials to reuse in Asheville’s brewery and Liquid Center. Those materials include: steel trusses, pine and oak beams, barn doors, metal roofing and siding, and oak flooring.

“Rather than send thousands of pounds of materials to the landfill, we worked with a great local partner salvaging wood, sheet metal and other materials to repurpose for future use,” said Richardson. “We plan to reuse about 65-85% of those elements in the new buildings and plan to find a way to make the salvaged items we don’t use available to the community.”

New Belgium became 100% employee owned in January 2013 in anticipation of bringing on new employees in Asheville. With a 93% employee retention rate, new employees at the Asheville brewery, Liquid Center and distribution center can expect to make between $27,500 and $60,000 plus benefits.

In February 2014, New Belgium announced that it secured an industrial location in Buncombe County in Enka/Candler, NC, to build its East Coast Distribution Center. The 100,000 SF Distribution Center will be built concurrently with the brewery and liquid center, and will be ready for occupancy by fall 2015. The distribution center will have room for a future 40,000 SF expansion. When complete, beer packaged in Asheville will leave the Distribution Center for distribution in the eastern U.S..

Be part of the Celebration:

New Belgium Groundbreaking Celebration – Friday, May 2, 2014
with David Earl and the Plowshares
Location: The Grey Eagle in Asheville’s River Arts District
185 Clingman Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
Doors: 7:00 p.m.
Event: 8:00 p.m. All Ages

Tickets are free and are only available in person at the Grey Eagle or Harvest Records in West Asheville. Limit: 4 per person. Venue capacity: 550

For more information on New Belgium Brewing, please visit

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NBB April 2014 Site Updates

APRIL 2014: Ground Improvement & Site Grading
Anticipated Community impact: 4 of 5 (noise and trucks)

Here’s what will be going on for the next few weeks at our Asheville brewery site:

Ground Improvement - Work on our aggregate pier ground improvements will wrap up in the next several days.  We anticipate working this weekend (April 5th/6th) to finish this work and move out equipment ahead of off-site import of soil.

Site Grading – on site grading will continue into early May.  Our “screening” piles of rock and concrete rubble along Craven Street will be crushed and reused on site as well.

Soil Import – Assuming weather cooperates next week (Mon, Apr 7th), we will begin importing soil to elevate the building pad above the floodplain as part of our site grading activities.  Most of the trucks will be coming to and leaving the site via the Craven/Riverside route going toward US 19/23 north.  This period of work will be intense as we will be working roughly dawn until dusk on weekdays with some Saturday work likely.  We anticipate this work to wrap up by mid-May.

Looking Ahead – we will hold our building groundbreaking celebration on May 2nd with building foundation work to start immediately afterward!  Exciting times

SITE SAFETY - Please be aware, this is an active and secured construction site.  Thank you for respecting the safety boundaries of the site.


If you have questions or concerns, please send us an email or leave us a voicemail at 888-598-9552.  We will get back with you.  Also, you can find answers to FAQs here.


  • Weather conditions will impact work efficiency.
  • The majority of work will be done Monday through Friday during hours approved by City noise ordinances.

Saturday work days will be leveraged to address schedule delays and/or accommodate subcontractor availability.  In these instances, we will make every effort to begin construction no earlier than 8 a.m.

Due to weather and scheduling, there may be the need to work an occasional Sunday. We will do everything possible to avoid this scenario and we will observe the same limited hours as a Saturday operations should this occur. We appreciate your patience during this busy time of construction!

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New Belgium Brewing Secures Distribution Center Site

Site located in Enka/Candler, Buncombe County – 8 Miles from Brewery and Liquid Center

Asheville, NC, January 29, 2014 -New Belgium Brewing announced today that it has secured a site for their East coast distribution center at the Enka Center off Highway 19/23 in Enka-Candler, NC, about 8 miles from their brewery and liquid center. At full build out, the distribution center operations will support about 30 of the total 140 expected jobs. Hiring will begin by early 2015.

“New Belgium beer will be brewed in Asheville and distributed up and down the East coast from our distribution center in Buncombe County,” says Jay Richardson, General Manager of New Belgium’s Asheville operations. “We’re proud to bring these jobs to Western North Carolina and our beer to the East coast.”

New Belgium invited several firms to submit design-build proposals on the DC, with more than half based in or having permanent offices in NC. The submission process is complete and the DC contract will be awarded by early March.

The 100,000SF Distribution Center will be built concurrently with the brewery and liquid center on Craven Street in West Asheville, and be ready for occupancy by fall 2015. There will be room for a future 40,000SF expansion. When complete, packaged beer will leave the DC for East Coast distribution.

New Belgium is in support of diversifying truck routes between the brewery and distribution center. Once up and running, truck routing will include utilizing Haywood and Amboy Roads and Riverside Drive, once infrastructure is improved to enable truck access along that route as part of the City’s River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project (RADTIP).

To keep up with the Asheville Brewery:

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one ofOutside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee- owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews eight year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at

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NBB Site Brownfields Agreement Available for Review


Purpose of the Brownfields Agreement is to capture what has happened on the site in the past, establish protocols going forward, and agree to not put additional liability on New Belgium Brewing if outlined processes are completed.

The Brownfields Agreement for this site has a public comment period which began Monday, January 13, 2014. Comments on the agreement go through the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources in Raleigh. The comment period closes February 13, 2014.

The Brownfields Agreement document is available at Pack Memorial Library in downtown Asheville and the West Asheville Branch Library.  Ask the librarian at the main desk for the document to review.

For additional information:


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NBB Neighborhood Meeting – Jan 10, 2014

New Belgium Brewing Neighbor Construction Update Meeting
January 10, 2014, 5-6:30 p.m.
Dr. Wesley Grant Center, 285 Livingston Street

Neighbors within one mile of the site should have received a letter in late December/early January with an invitation to this meeting along with construction information. New Belgium Brewing has scheduled this meeting to share the construction timeline, answer construction questions and provide an opportunity to ask questions of NC Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (NC DENR) about their brownfields program and process.

Please note: This is an informational meeting most relevant to those who live, work or own businesses near the brewery site. Capacity is limited, no refreshments will be served. Doors open at 4:50 pm.

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