I’ll leave it to others to debate whether $25 million is an appropriate estimate of the cost of redeveloping the Neuweiler Brewery, but Hoptimus Prime is pretty good and so is the idea of leasing extra tank space to other local craft brewers. It would allow for collaborative batches between different brewing companies, which is a common thing, and further reinforce the Lehigh Valley’s craft beer cluster.
Allentown’s former Neuweiler Brewery could soon make beer again.
Josh Wood said tonight that his Manhattan-based Ruckus Brewing Co. will buy the long-vacant brewery near a hockey arena now being built and make beer there as early as 2014. He said Ruckus has lined up most of the roughly $25 million it needs to buy the brewery from the city and redevelop it.
The brewery, which Ruckus is calling Brewer’s Hill, would give Ruckus the capacity it needs to meet increased demand for its craft beers, which include popular labels Hoptimus Prime and Hedonism, Wood said. Ruckus doesn’t currently have its own brewery.
“Where we are in our business model, we needed to get into the facility,” Wood said, adding that the brewery would create 50 to 150 jobs. “When you’re in 11 states and Canada and demand is outgrowing supply, you really want to have control of your own production.”