With today’s announcement that MadTree Brewing is launching a new production brewery/tap room/event center in Oakley, to the tune of $18 million, there are lots of reasons to be excited. Here are our top five:
- It’s the ultimate upcycle. MadTree will be taking a defunct paper factory—RockTenn closed its paperboard operations at the site in late 2014; the mill had been in operation since the 1940s—and turning it into a destination. Such is the life cycle of Oakley: former industrial sites becoming today’s hot spots.
- They’re adding jobs. According to MadTree, the project will bring 50 new jobs to the city immediately, with plans to add 40 more over the next three years. That’s a net +27 jobs, if you consider the 63 jobs lost when RockTenn closed.
- More beer, part one. With more space comes more capacity. MadTree produced nearly 20,000 barrels in 2015; they’re hoping to eventually be able to produce 100,000 barrels a year at the new facility. That means distribution, and more beer available, which brings us to…
- More beer, part two. The expanded tap room will hold 64 taps. That’s right, 64. And there will be a 10,000 square foot outdoor beer garden, plus room for an expanded Catch-a-Fire Pizza café.
- Parking. If you’ve been to MadTree’s Kennedy Avenue space, you know that parking can be a bit of a free-for-all at times. With nearly five acres of space, let’s hope there will be a little more elbow room. Check out the site map, and the Madison Road elevation, below: