Central City Brewers + Distillers Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Grand Opening of New 65,000 sq. ft. State-of-the-Art Facility
Canada’s Brewery of the Year Launches New Brewery & Distillery in Surrey
Surrey, B.C. – 2013 marks the 10th Anniversary of Central City Brewers + Distillers (CCBD) and the company is celebrating this milestone with the grand opening of a brand new 65,000 sq. ft. brewery and distillery on Bridgeview Drive in Surrey. The state-of-the art facility came about as a result of a joint partnership between the brewery and the Surrey City Development Corporation (SCDC). Voted as Canada’s Brewery of the Year in 2012 and 2010, the leading BC craft brewery is organizing a public grand opening event on Friday, November 29th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The brewery first opened in 2003 as a brewpub and liquor store in downtown Surrey. Their beer grew so popular that in 2005, the brewery launched a canning line, enabling them to sell its beers at its own liquor store, and beyond. By 2009, the brewery reached full capacity.
“Our story began 10 years ago and we’ve been leaders in B.C.’s craft beer industry ever since, pushing the limits of creativity when it comes to producing premium craft brews,” says Darryll Frost, president and founder of Central City Brewers + Distillers. “We’re celebrating this 10-year milestone with the launch of a new state-of-the-art masterpiece brewery so we can build on our success, increase our market reach, create new products through innovation and continue to focus on crafting the highest quality products.”
Widely known for its award-winning premium craft beers including their signature Red Racer brand, the new, multi-million dollar, 65,000 sq. ft. brewery and distillery will increase its brewing capacity from 7,500 hL to 25,000 hL per year immediately, and up to 100,000 hL+ within a few years. The new facility will also have distilling capabilities that will enable CCBD to add craft distilled gin, vodka, rye and single malt whiskeys to their product offering.
The new facility features modern architectural design with floor-to-ceiling glass, striking V-shaped ‘ghulam’ wood beams, exposed concrete and cedar siding, adding a distinctly west coast feel. The impressive structure mirrors the curvature of Bridgeview Drive in Surrey, and is situated just off the Pattullo Bridge near the South Fraser Perimeter Road.
Rows of glistening stainless steel fermentation tanks and copper still kettles line the insides of the brewery floor. In addition, four quality-assurance labs, along with a cellar (for barrel-aged beer and new whisky products) and a massive cooler reside in-house. An open-concept foyer greets the visitor which opens to a tapping room where people can sample their award-winning beer, and a retail store where full-height fridges stocked full of Red Racer beers beckon the thirsty traveler.