Stormcloud Brewing Company
Production Facility Expansion
Design Program: Currently under construction is Stormcloud Brewing Company’s New Production Facility in Frankfort, Michigan. Stormcloud Brewing Company, voted “Michigan’s Best New Brewery” in August 2016, has been in operation for 3 years brewing Belgian Inspired Michigan made beer and cooking up locally inspired food.
Byce & Associates, Inc. is providing architectural and engineering services for the new 12,759 square foot Production Facility. The facility includes a 1,200 square foot office space that houses a brewing laboratory adjacent to the lobby and future tasting and merchandise area. The lobby and tasting area acts as a point of sale for merchandise and a hub for large outdoor events. The tasting area is equipped with large areas of glazing that allows a visual connection into the adjacent production portion of the facility. The production space is 30’ tall and houses brewing, fermentation, packaging, cold storage, and all shipping and receiving processes. A mezzanine is provided over the office space and is open to the production space which is utilized for the storage and processing of raw brewing materials, as well as the storage of various packaging materials.
The design intent focuses around connecting the new facility to the existing brew pub as a way for Stormcloud to maintain its roots in downtown Frankfort. Look for completion in 2017.
Design Challenges: The facility was designed to accommodate all Stormcloud’s current production needs in order to address and limit budgeting concerns of a quickly growing brewery, while also addressing the need for future expansion. The systems and structure were designed with additional growth in mind to address the 20-year plan. Design quality was a high priority as Stormcloud begins to create a larger identity with a new production facility while still maintaining its roots and connection to its downtown Frankfort location.