Lager demand prompts East Brother Beer expansion

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East Brother Beer Company opened in Richmond in December, and already the business is expanding.

Turns out the lager is just that good.

Last week, the brewery co-founded by longtime pals Rob Lightner and Chris Coomber broke ground on an expansion project that will more than double the capacity of its production of craft classics.

Four new vessels will be added to the cellar side (fermentation) of the brewhouse, in part to satisfy the growing demand for East Brother lagers in retail and in the taproom.

“Because lagers take longer to brew than ales, the expansion will essentially give the lagers their own dedicated fermenters,” according to the brewery’s statement on the expansion.

Lightner said the expansion has come earlier than expected, adding the crew has been “pleasantly surprised by the demand” for lagers.

East Brother says it commits to producing a balance of ales and lagers. The brewery operates out of a 12,000-square foot warehouse at 1001 Canal Blvd., near the old Richmond Shipyards, which includes an inviting 3,000-square foot taproom with outdoor seating, a rotation of food trucks and taproom exclusive English Pale.  The taproom is open to the public Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.

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