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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Southerleigh Heading to San Antonio's South Side for Second Brewery

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 12:32 PM

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Last year, Southerleigh Brewing Co. unveiled plans for a new restaurant at the Brooks multi-purpose development in Southeast San Antonio.

Now, the proposed restaurant will have company — a second Southerleigh brewery
just down the road. Both the eatery and newly announced brew site will open next summer.

“We’re excited to continue to expand Southerleigh into this neighborhood and introduce our beer to an even larger audience,” said Jeff Balfour, Southerleigh’s owner and chef. “The south side of San Antonio has been rapidly expanding, and we are thrilled to be joining this growing community at Brooks."

Originally, Southerleigh planned to supply the restaurant with beer from its original location at the Pearl's historic brewhouse. However, Balfour cooked up the idea for a second brewing site, which will supply the restaurant and handle all brewing for Southerleigh’s distribution.

The new facility will feature a 25-barrel brewing system and produce
Southerleigh brews including Texas Uncommon and Gold Export Lager.

“The Brooks brewery will still have the same vibe that we’ve cultivated at the Pearl brewpub,” said Head Brewer Les Lock, who will also oversee production at both breweries.

The new system will allow Locke and his crew to produce more beer for distribution, add a barrel program and a bottling line. Its pièce de résistance, however, will be a koelschip, or coolship — a large rectangular pan historically used for cooling unfermented beer before pitching the yeast.

Visitors will have access to 10 rotating taps in a
 taproom next to the brewery, a renovated chapel built in 1941. Tours will be available daily.

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