Boulevard Brewing adding $10 million canning facility

Boulevard Brewing Co. has broken ground on a $10 million expansion.

The 24,000-square-foot, single-story structure will be built on land immediately adjacent to the brewery at 2501 Southwest Blvd. It will have a canning line designed to fill 350 12-ounce cans per minute.

The first beers canned in the new facility will be the ones it currently cans: American Kolsch, Heavy Lifting IPA, Ginger Lemon Radler (and Orange Cranberry Radler in the fall), Unfiltered Wheat Beer and Tropical Pale Ale.

In a statement, Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels said: “Demand for our canned beers has continued to grow since we first offered them in 2014. Ten years ago it was uncommon to find craft beer in cans, but today it’s a popular package. We’re happy to oblige because cans completely block light, they’re lighter than bottles so easier to transport, and they can go almost anywhere.”

The expansion is being overseen by Dali Grabar and Tim Hall, engineering directors for Boulevard. They plan to produce cans by the first quarter of 2018. Finkle + Williams Architecture in Overland Park is the project architect; Kansas City, Kan.-based Miller Stauch Construction Co. will be the general contractor, and key equipment will be supplied by Krones AG.

Boulevard Brewing Co. is one of the largest specialty brewers in the Midwest.

It started canning beer in 2014, with a small run at a Minnesota canning facility. But Boulevard wanted to consolidate the canning operation in Kansas City.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC