Tenth and Blake to expand Milwaukee brewery

Tenth and Blake Beer Company, the craft and import division of MillerCoors, has purchased property behind its 10th Street brewery in Milwaukee.

The 110,000-square-foot facility at 918 W. Somers St. was most recently used as a multi-tenant warehouse and previously was a bakery for Sara Lee. Tenth and Blake purchased the space from Securant Bank & Trust, and the purchase price is not being disclosed.

“As demand for our craft and specialty beers continues to increase, this additional space gives us the ability to expand our overall brewing and packaging capacity,” said Tom Cardella, Tenth and Blake president and chief executive officer.

With a staff of 12, the 10th Street Brewery brews a variety of beers for Chippewa Falls-based Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, including its Big Eddy Series. It brews additional beers for Tenth and Blake, whose family of breweries also includes Blue Moon Brewing Company and Crispin Cider Company.

Tenth and Blake will refurbish the two-story building, which was built in 1924, over the next several months, and expects it to be ready in early 2014.

Tenth and Blake Beer Company is the craft and import division of MillerCoors. The Tenth and Blake family of breweries includes Blue Moon Brewing Co. at the Sandlot in Denver, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. in Chippewa Falls, Wis., 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee, AC Golden in Golden, Colorado, Birra Peroni in Rome and Plzeňský Prazdroj (Pilsner Urquell) in Pilsen, Czech Republic.

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