Mother Earth Brew Co., a San Diego County-based production craft brewer, has selected Nampa, Idaho, as the location for its second brewery facility. This marks its first brewery expansion outside of California.
A collaborative effort between the City of Nampa Economic Development, Boise Valley Economic Partnership and private industry helped bring the brewery to the Valley. Working with Mike Fery at Rocky Mountain Properties, Mother Earth secured an existing 40,000 square-foot facility in the I-84 Industrial Park for its brewery, tasting room and corporate office space.
The brewery is currently ordering new equipment and plans on being operational by early to mid-2016. The goal for the facility is to double the brewery’s overall production capability and allow for expansion into additional Pacific Northwest markets.
Mother Earth will start hiring initial employees in the spring of 2016 and anticipates growing to 75-100 employees in Idaho within the next five years. Interested applicants can pass on their resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 2010, Mother Earth Brew Co. develops hand crafted artisanal ales in year-round, as well as seasonal and specialty offerings. Its award-winning beers help define the standard of West Coast Craft and have led to year-over-year growth of well-over 100% since inception, currently making it San Diego’s 6th largest brewery.
Brewery founder and CEO Dan Love and his wife Erin, along with head brewer Chris Baker, will move to Nampa to lead the new project.
“As we looked at where Mother Earth could expand, we wanted to be in a location that embraced craft breweries,” Love said. “We are excited to work closely with other brewers in the region to continue building on the craft brew scene the Boise Valley is becoming known for, and Erin and I are personally looking forward to becoming very engaged in the community.”
According to the Brewer’s Association, Idaho produced 43,073 barrels of craft beer in 2013 and contributed to an economic impact of over $172 million. Idaho Brewers United states there are more than 50 active breweries in the state with several more in planning stages.
“Mother Earth Brew Co. is making a strategic move to embrace the culture the Boise Valley has been cultivating for years,” said Clark Krause, Executive Director of the Boise Valley Economic Partnership. “Idaho is the third largest producer of hops in the United States and becoming noticed in the national scene as a craft brew culture.”
Idaho’s Hayden Beverage will handle local distribution for Mother Earth, and Idaho consumers should see their beers on local shelves by the end of October 2015.