Capital Brewery will build an $11 million facility in Sauk City that could eventually pump out nearly 10 times the beer it makes at its Middleton brewery, the company said Tuesday.

After a six-month site search, the new brewery will begin rising this summer in a nine-acre field at the end of Community Drive at the southwestern edge of Sauk City and be ready to begin producing beer next spring, said Capital brewing production manager Brian Destree.

“We anticipate being fully operational by this time next year,” Destree said.

The new brewery would have a capacity of about 100,000 barrels out of the gate, and fermenting tanks could be added in the future to bring it up to 250,000 barrels without expanding the expensive brewhouse, Destree said. Capital expects to brew about 33,000 barrels of Wisconsin Amber, Mutiny IPA, Supper Club and its other beers this year.

“It’ll be the heart and soul of our operations,” Destree said.

The company is looking for used bottling and canning lines for the new facility, so it would end its arrangement with Stevens Point Brewing in which Capital beer is shipped from Middleton for packaging in Stevens Point. Some Capital beer also is brewed at Point.

The new brewery also would house a tasting room, company offices and an outdoor entertainment venue.

Capital’s Middleton facility would remain in use, with a focus on small batches and limited-release beers.

It’s been a busy 12 months for Capital. Longtime brewmaster Kirby Nelson and general manager Carl Nolen left the company last fall to start Wisconsin Brewing Co., which plans to begin production this fall at a new brewery in Verona. It brought in Destree to take over for Nelson, and Capital released its first beer in 22-ounce bottles last fall and its first India pale ale this spring.

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Chris Drosner writes the Beer Baron column for the Wisconsin State Journal.