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Boulevard Brewing expands again

It’s a “problem” most businesses wouldn’t mind having.

Boulevard Brewing Co. is continually trying to keep ahead of its growth. That includes putting up a glass walkway to connect a new building to the headquarters to taking the roof off an older building to expand production skyward.

Now Kansas City’s hometown brewery has purchased a 60,000-square-foot building at 2450 Summit St., about a block from its headquarters, and will make it part of the brewery’s “campus.”

According to Boulevard, the creamy white Summit building went up in the mid-1970s as headquarters for an industrial parts distributor. Boulevard purchased it for an undisclosed price from DST, which is currently leased to another tenant until mid-2014.

Boulevard will then move packaging and some Smokestack Series production to the building. It has more than 1,000 whiskey barrels that it uses to age the beer — anywhere from three months to five years. Now the barrels are scattered at various Boulevard facilities, but they will be consolidated in the new Summit building in temperature controlled areas.

Office space also is at a premium at Boulevard. So the marketing department could take over the Summit building’s office space.

It’s all about “keeping up with the rapidly growing business,” said Jeff Krum, chief financial officer.

“There is very little room in our existing brewery and this gives us room to grow,” he said.

Boulevard Brewing Co. was founded in 1989.

Joyce Smith is an award-winning Kansas City Star business reporter covering restaurant news — openings, closings, expansions, lawsuits, trends, new products, new menu items, health code violations and more.