Capital Brewery close to breaking ground on $11 million Sauk City facility

2014-06-18T09:00:00Z Capital Brewery close to breaking ground on $11 million Sauk City facilityKIM LAMOREAUX klamoreaux@capitalnewspapers.com, 608-393-5777 madison.com

Drivers cruising down River Road near the intersection of Lueders Road on the southwest edge of Sauk City will see the newest side street in the village that will lead to the nine-acre location of Capital Brewery.

The street still is under construction, but village administrator Vicky Breunig said the sewer and water service and electrical utilities recently were installed.

She said the street is being built by A-1 Excavating of Bloomer, the same company that repaved Highway 12 last summer.

Brewery co-founder and president Scott Wiener said construction on the $11 million, 60,000 square-foot complex will start later this summer. The building's design is in its final stages.

The production area will take up 42,000 square feet with an adjacent tasting room, and an initial capacity of 40,000 barrels that will be expanded to 100,000 barrels. That’s more than three times the capacity of the Middleton Capital Brewery location.

In addition to a brew house, there also will be a gift shop, tasting room, office space and outdoor music venue.

Food will not be prepared at the facility, but Wiener said local food establishments would be featured caterers at brewery events.

Beer will be both bottled and canned at the facility, Wiener said, something that hasn’t been done in Middleton.

“We’ve been canning beer since 1997,” Wiener said. “We were the first craft brewery to put beer in cans, but we’ve been sending it to Stevens Point. Now we’ll have our own canning and packaging at the facility.”

Wiener, an avid bicyclist, touted the Capital Brewery Bike Club that now boasts more than 400 members, and said he is eager to generate the same popularity in Sauk City.

“We signed up 200 people this year alone,” Wiener said. “Some of our rides have had over 200 riders show up. We can’t wait to expand into that area."

Wiener said he is excited about the opportunity to add new territories to the bike club's region.

"We’re looking forward to starting rides in Sauk City and going all over," he said. "There are so many wonderful roads to ride on out there.”

Wiener said he expected to announce a date for a ceremonial ground breaking next month.

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(5) Comments

  1. Mayor Shovelshitz
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    Mayor Shovelshitz - June 18, 2014 11:41 am
    Pleasant View Road, north of Mineral Point would have been a great high traffic location. Sauk County knows how to grease the skids of a potential new business a heck of a lot better than Dane County, Middleton or Madison.
  2. iponder
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    iponder - June 18, 2014 11:27 am
    Weiner is sucking all the equity out of the brewery as compensation, firing the general managers that were actually doing the heavy lifting. Now he is building a building the company cannot afford. What a wiener.
  3. Cornelius_Gotchberg
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    Cornelius_Gotchberg - June 18, 2014 9:27 am
    @davea;

    Lefty sure taught those Special Olympics Athletes an invaluable civics lesson 3 years ago, didn't they?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcuqM1LEi5c

    Lefty INC; always eagerly seeking a new low!

    What's the chance you'll see THAT bumper sticker on an EcoBox?

    The Gotch

  4. davea
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    davea - June 18, 2014 8:58 am
    If you're smart, don't let Walker show up at your "ground breaking ceremony".
  5. MagnusP
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    MagnusP - June 18, 2014 7:58 am
    Too bad Middleton could not get those jobs, but 9 acres would be tough to find.

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