Foothills Brewing is expanding capacity in 2013, according to a company press release, with the addition of four 200 barrel (bbl) fermenting tanks. This will put potential brewing capacity to about 40,000 bbls annually.
The Winston-Salem, N.C., brewery has slowly grown since its 2004 launch. In January 2011, Foothills acquired the Carolina and Cottonwood beer brands, adding to an already extensive portfolio of beer styles. In December 2011, Foothills expanded their brewing operations from their brewpub in downtown Winston-Salem to a 50,000 sq-ft facility to allow for increased development of six-pack and 22-ounce bottle production.
The other big news from Foothills is the availability of its Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout beginning this weekend at the brewery’s downtown Winston-Salem pub. The beer has been produced once a year by Foothills since 2007, and is the brainchild of president and brewmaster Jamie Bartholomaus. That first year, Bartholomaus brewed about 12 barrels; this year, Foothills will produce 100 barrels.
Foothills Brewing has been awarded seven Great American Beer Fest medals Foothills since 2006; three of those went to Sexual Chocolate, along with a World Beer Cup medal in 2010.