House of Brews, Madison’s east side “community supported brewery,” has successfully incubated another startup brewery. Just like Mobcraft Beer, which is on its way to a 14,000-square-foot facility in Milwaukee, ALT Brew is making moves to leave the HOB nest.
ALT Brew, a gluten-free brewer that came on the Madison beer scene in 2012, will move into its own space with a one-barrel brewery and tasting room on the city’s east side this fall. The brewery and tasting room will be located at 1806 and 1808 Wright Street, just blocks from Karben4’s brewery and tasting room.
Trevor Easton, co-owner and brewmaster for ALT Brew, said his specialty brewery has simply outgrown the House of Brews space, which has been squeezed to its 4,800 square-foot limit by increasing demand for brews by all of its tenants: House of Brews itself, MobCraft Beer and ALT Brew.
“We’re kind of all expanding into each other,” Easton said. “It was always our goal to be able to move out of House of Brews. We found a spot and we’re thrilled that it’s still on the east side of town.”
Easton said he hopes to open the tasting room at the new space this August. After the appropriate legal permissions have been acquired, they’ll bring over their brewing equipment and get a brewhouse rolling on the site as well. The 5,800 square-foot space is currently being used as an office furniture warehouse.
“It’s a lot more space than we currently need, but we’re hoping to fill it in the next few years,” Easton said.
ALT Brew is currently distributing its Farmhouse Ale and Hollywood Nights Blond IPA at various locations in the Madison area. The new facility will allow them to produce more beer (they’re currently limited to two barrels a week at House of Brews), share more experimental and limited edition beers in the tasting room and expand into larger regional markets, Easton said.