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Brewing Projekt sets its sights on a new location

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- The Brewing Projekt is feeling a little bottled up.

The local brewery is working on moving up, and moving down the street because they have outgrown where they are now.  Tight spaces and crowded storage has them looking to relocate to one of the historic buildings on Oxford Avenue.

"We have to walk around here kind of sideways some days to get through pallets of cans and pallets of bombers and kegs, we're just out of space and can't make any more beer," said William Glass, President of the Brewing Projekt.

The new location at 1807 Oxford Avenue was built in 1901 as a meat packaging facility.  It's a building with a little bit of history, a lot of room, and even more room for improvements.

"The building is kind of an eye sore right now, and we want to really spruce it up and give it a lot more appeal, and also make it a destination," Glass said.

Making the move would give the brewery ten times the amount of square footage.  Glass said it could even triple their brewing, and add a few new flavors to their flights, like sour brews and barrel aged beers.

Some ideas that are brewing include adding a bigger tap room, and some outdoor space looking out to views of the Chippewa River.

"We found this and we made it work.  I knew eventually we would outgrow it, I figured it would be towards the end of our three year lease, but it was only about eight months in to the first year," Glass said.

The building won't be vacant until March, which is when the Brewing Projekt will be asking the city's Redevelopment Authority for a 90-day exclusive right to negotiate the purchase of the property.

The Brewing Projekt said that if all goes through, the new space is close enough to allow for an easy move, and they would only be out of production for a couple months.

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