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More interesting local brewing news unearthed during the recent World Beer Cup ceremony. Things are coming along well for the new brewing facility the team at Santee’s Manzanita Brewing Company have been working hard to open up for the better part of a year.

At 12,000 square feet, it’s much larger than their current brewery and tasting room, which occupies a small, columnar business park space. The new space will include a 1,200 square foot tasting room (replacing their current constantly hopping day/night hangout) and 700 square feet of outdoor space.

Equipment-wise, they’re going from a three-barrel system to a two-vessel, 30-barrel system, giving them the ability to produce 9,000 barrels of beer a year, a 7,900 barrel-per-year increase from their current capacity. The facility itself is expandable to 25,000 barrels annually with an expanded cellar.

Looks like Santee residents (who make up a large and loyal percentage of the homegrown business’ clientele) will have a great deal more Riverwalk Blonde, Rustic Horizon Red Ale and Chaotic Double IPA at their fingertips. They might even have some spirits.

Owner Jeff Trevaskis shared the fact that Manzanita is exploring the possibility of converting their old facility to a distillery. The space may very well end up being taken over by a start-up brewery, but there’s nothing wrong with having a spirited plan B.

Manzanita’s future facility is located at 10151 Prospect Avenue. Their current base of operations is located in Suite E at 9962 Prospect Avenue.

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