WAKE FOREST — White Street Brewing Co. opened just last year, but the company already is planning an expansion to keep up with the demand for its beers.
Owner Dino Radosta said he will maintain the tap room and brewery located on South White Street downtown, but he’s looking to build an additional brewery with equipment that can produce more beer each year.
“We want to get into a system that has significant room for growth,” he said.
Since the brewery opened in September, its beers have been served at 112 restaurants and bars. And the brewery is closing in on its production capacity of 3,000 barrels each year.
“We continuously have to produce more,” Radosta said.
Radosta hopes that at a new facility the company would be able to produce as many as 20,000 barrels annually, as well as bottle beer to be sold in stores for the first time. The new facility may offer occasional tours but would not have a tap room like the current location.
Radosta said the brewery’s success has come about because of a great team of brewers and salespeople, as well as support from all of the places that carry White Street’s beer.
Wakefield Tavern in North Raleigh was among the brewery’s first customers.
Jane Scalese, the co-owner of the tavern, said people are eager to try the beer because it’s local, but they’re hooked because of the quality.
“Everyone wants to try them because of who they are, but they also make great beer,” she said.
Radosta said he still is considering locations for the new brewery, but a building in Youngsville is a top contender.
The Franklin County commissioners earlier this month approved a $48,000 incentive package for White Street if it chooses the Youngsville site. The incentive package would be spread evenly over four years.
“We are just delighted that this may all work out,” said Richie Duncan, a coordinator at the county’s Economic Development Commission. The commission estimates that the brewery would bring 35 jobs to Youngsville by the end of the four-year period.
Radosta said he hopes to decide on a location in the next month.
“We just look forward to doing what we’re doing in our neck of the woods,” he said.