Lagers have been good to Oak Park’s Kinslahger.
A little over a year since opening their lager-focused brewery, Oak Park’s Kinslahger is already adding a new brewhouse and a ton of capacity – moving from 72bbls of fermenter space to 285 later this summer.
They’re apparently a little impatient about getting them installed, since they’re also partnering with local contract brewer Great Central Brewing Company to roll out tallboys of their two most popular beers: Chicago Common and Prohibition Pilsner.
Summer is coming, and lagers do go down well in hot weather. Can’t blame ’em for moving fast. Here’s the new labels, followed by the official release:
Kinslahger Brewing to quadruple production capacity, begin packaging in 16-ounce cans
Oak Park, IL (May 2, 2017) – Kinslahger Brewing Company announced today it is quadrupling its brewing capacity at 6806 Roosevelt Road. The locally owned company recently celebrated its first anniversary by placing orders for a 15-barrel brewhouse, one 45-barrel and four 60-barrel fermentation tanks, one 45-barrel and a GEA centrifuge. It will also broadly release its top two brands in 16-ounce cans in late May.
Head Brewer Steve Loranz said “We’re thrilled with the response we’ve had to our beers this first year and are looking forward to sharing them with a wider audience.”
The launch, and now growth, of a lager focused brewery such as Kinslahger is unique in the Chicago area – where the majority of independent brewers are dedicated primarily to ale fermentation. Lagers undergo a cool fermentation followed by a cold conditioning period prior to packaging – resulting in a clean rounded finish.
To immediately address the demand for its beers, Kinslahger has entered into a relationship with Great Central Brewing. Great Central will brew Kinslahger’s Chicago Common and Prohibition Pilsner brands for broad release in 16 ounce cans and kegs in late May.
Kinslahger Brewing Company was founded by Oak Parkers Steve Loranz and Neal Armstrong and River Forest resident Keith Huizinga. It opened its doors in March 2016 and focuses exclusively on lager fermented beers. The Roosevelt Road Oak Park location has a 600 square-foot tasting room and full production facility. Its core portfolio includes traditional styles such as Altbier, Dunkel, Prohibition Pilsner and Baltic Porter as well as the style busting original Chicago Common.
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