Third Space Brewing completes major expansion
Tapped Oconomowoc equipment supplier Quality Tank Solutions for project

Freeman Staff

May 9, 2019

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee craft brewer Third Space Brewing will able to produce much more beer having completed the installation of three new brewing tanks Tuesday.

The brewer’s annual capacity will increase from 7,500 barrels to over 10,000 barrels.

Third Space installed two additional 90-barrel fermentation tanks and a 120-barrel brite tank at its brewing facility at 1505 W. Saint Paul Ave., in the Menomonee River Valley.

For this expansion, Third Space once again turned to local brewing equipment supplier, Quality Tank Solutions of Oconomowoc.

This expansion is the company’s third in its almost three-year existence. Third Space opened in 2016 with two 30-barrel and two 60-barrel fermentation tanks, plus two brite tanks.

By the summer of 2017 the start-up brewery added two additional 60-barrel fermentation tanks and a canning line. In May 2018 Third Space added its first two 90-barrel fermentation tanks, a whirlpool tank, a 90-barrel brite tank and a 5-barrel pilot system.

In March, the award-winning craft brewery was named one of the 50 fastest growing small and independent craft breweries of 2018. Third Space was ranked 34th on the nationwide list compiled by the Brewers Association, a not-for-profit association dedicated to small and independent American brewers. In 2019, the company has expanded into the Madison and southwestern Wisconsin markets.

“With 2019 sales already well outpacing 2018’s numbers, we needed to move quickly to add additional capacity in order to meet the current demand for our beer as we approach the busy summer season,” said Andy Gehl, Third Space Brewing’s co-founder and director of sales and marketing.