To answer the strong demand for its IPAs and stouts, Scofflaw Brewing Company is adding three 90-barrel fermentation tanks and one 90-barrel bright tank, expected to be delivered in early May.
After just nine months of operation, the additional tanks will double the present capacity to around 14,000 barrels per year for the brewery, according to today's announcement.
Scofflaw became an immediate sensation in Atlanta after opening in the Bolton neighborhood on Atlanta’s westside in August 2016.
Its highly sought after Northeastern-style Basement IPA and POG Basement IPA, as well as its higher-gravity IPAs such as the Double Jeopardy and Hooligan, are in high demand in metro Atlanta and markets in Athens, Gainesville, Columbus, Augusta and Savannah.
“The demand has been surprising and unexpected for us,” said co-founder Matt Shirah in the announcement. “We have been struggling to keep up. This expansion will enable us to keep meeting demand for kegs and start distributing more cans.”
In addition to expanding capacity, the brewery has upgraded the analytical equipment in its quality control lab. “The more data the better,” said brewmaster Travis Herman. “It’s critical that we grow quality control on a parallel path.”
A centrifuge has been added to brewing operations to improve efficiency. And a team of Industrial Engineering majors from Georgia Tech are working with the brewery to improve efficiency as part of their capstone program in senior design.