"We knew we would need more space, it just wasn't available" states Mike Halker, founder and president of Due South. "Finally the opportunity presented itself and we were able to acquire the bay next to us. We're certainly excited about continuing our relationship with the folks in Boynton and eventually expanding our brewing operations enough that we can supply all of Florida. We've got some thirsty friends on the west coast we haven't been able to take care of yet."
According to a press release, the new space will be used for an indoor beer garden, a large air conditioned tap room, a dedicated area for barrel aging and additional offices. There will also be a separate area for expansion of the new 'Due South Sour Project'.
Since Due South opened in 2012, it has always had a production focus. They were named the 'Best Large Brewery' in the Best Florida Beer Competition in 2014. They also won gold medals that year for their Mariana Trench Imperial Stout, Asylum Harbor Red Ale, & Category 5 DIPA. They've been featured in the Boston Globe as a brewery to check out during Extreme Beer Festival. And, of course, they were named New Times' Best Local Brewery in 2015, which is the highest honor of all.
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