MILWAUKEE - Lakefront Brewery, Inc. on
Wednesday announced it had accepted an offer to buy land
at 1890 N. Commerce St. and plans to expand its
Lakefront owner Russ Klisch said the plan
is to build a new facility as soon as financially
feasible. The brewery would relocate its packaging lines
and additional fermentation tanks at the new facility.
The vacated space at the current facility, located at
1872 N. Commerce St., would be used for barrel aging.
Klisch said the move is being driven by
increased demand. Lakefront currently brews 40,000 per
year and has doubled production over the last two years.
“We are taking a very measured approach
to expansion, and acquiring this land is an initial
step,” Klisch said. “However, the craft beer market just
continues to grow and we need to expand production or we
won’t be able to keep up with demand.”
The new facility could add 40 full-time
positions. Lakefront has also begun expanding its
warehouse facilities at 218 E. Keefe Ave. That expansion
could add up to 30 jobs.
Started in 1987, Lakefront now
distributes its products in 35 states, Japan, Korea and
Terms of the sale were not immediately