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Sierra Nevada beer brewing tanks arriving in Port of Charleston today

Staff Report
Published March 12, 2013

The Port of Charleston will be offloading 28 beer brewing tanks today for a Sierra Nevada expansion in North Carolina.

The tanks are arriving from Germany and range in size from 400 barrels, which have a capacity for 800 kegs, to 1,600 barrels, which have a capacity for 3,200 kegs. They weigh as much as 40,000 pounds.

The break-bulk ship Star Frazier is bringing the tanks, which will be trucked about 250 miles to the brewery in Mills River, N.C., about 12 miles south of Asheville.

Sierra Nevada expects to open its new brewery to the public in early 2014. The Chico, Calif.,-based brewery chose Mills River in January for its East Coast brewery. The 90-acre site will have a production facility, restaurant and gift shop. It will add 300,000 barrels-worth of capacity for the company and allow quick shipment of beer to consumers on the East Coast. The company expects to employ 90 workers at the site with additional staff in the restaurant to follow.

The shipment is arriving at the port’s Columbus Street terminal, which handles break-bulk cargo and roll-on, roll-off cargo, like BMWs manufactured in the Upstate.

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