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Union brewery expansion continues Hampden’s hot streak

UNION® Craft Brewing, will relocate and expand its brewery and taproom to a new facility located at 1700 W. 41st St. in Hampden. It is expected to open spring 2018. (Union Craft Brewing photo)

Union Craft Brewing will relocate and expand its brewery and taproom to a new facility located at 1700 W. 41st St. in Hampden. It is expected to open spring 2018. (Union Craft Brewing photo)

Union Craft Brewing plans to move and expand its brewery and taproom and provide emerging Baltimore businesses space to grow.

The maker of brews, such as Duckpin Pale Ale, Anthem Golden Ale and Rye-Baby I.P.A., plans to open its new facility at 1700 W. 41st St. in the spring of 2018. The brewery, via its UNION Collective venture, will transform 138,000 square feet of warehouse space that will also house eight commercial tenants in 87,000 square feet of space adjacent the brewery. Development of the project is expected to start in July, and the first tenants should be able to move in by the fall.

“The site is something that we had visited a couple times through this process, and certainly the first time we saw it, it was way too large of a building for what we were looking for. But over the course of the year looking for more space, and evaluating how we can grow, and what we can do, came across and met all these fantastic growing Baltimore businesses that have the same growing pains that we do — most of those revolving around the need for more space,” Adam Benesch, co-founder of Union Craft Brewing, said.

The new space will allow the brewery to produce 30,000 barrels of beer annually. Eventually the capacity can be expanded 70,000 barrels annually. Union intends to add 100 new jobs during the next to seven to 10 years. That will add to Maryland’s brewery scene that, according to statistics provided by the company, ranked No. 34 among the states in 2015 in terms of per capita breweries and No. 26 in terms of gallons of beer produced per drinking age adult.

Seawall Development is partnering in the project and will handle the build-out of the facility. Seawall has handled several adaptive reuses in Baltimore including Union Mill near the new brewery. The company has a reputation as a socially conscious builder that produces projects intended to foster community development by meeting needs, such as affordable housing for schoolteachers.

“We love the Union guys. They share our same soul. They are to beer what we are to community development, and we’ve had an amazing relationship with them for a long time,” Thibault Manekin, principal at Seawall Development, said.

The brewery project also will be bolstered by a planned mixed-use redevelopment of the nearby Pepsi Cola plant. Developer Sam Himmelrich owns the Pepsi property and intends to build a transit oriented development. A 75,000-square-foot Harris Teeter Neighborhood Food & Pharmacy has been mentioned as a potential tenant.

Benn Ray, president of the Hampden Village Merchants Association, said his organization is excited the brewery is staying in the community. Ray said the brewery is a contributor to a thriving business community in Hampden.

“As a Union beer fan, the bigger their capacity to produce the happier I’m going to be,” Ray said.


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