On March 14, the most visible pieces of the New Belgium brewery began arriving at the brewery’s site: the fermentation vessels and bright tanks.
The vessels started their journey in Germany, where they were constructed by Ziemann International. They then made the overseas journey, arriving at the Port of Charleston. After that, the tanks made the trip inland on 127-foot-long trucks.
Last weekend, they wound through the final steps of their journey. The route took them through Candler on the way to their new home in the River Arts District, where they were set upright by a 999 crane.
“We are incredibly grateful for our partners in this process and thankful for the patience of those of you traveling near these vessels as they travel from Candler to Craven Street,” says Susanne Hackett, New Belgium’s community relations specialist. “River Arts District businesses, the city of Asheville and Asheville Police Department have been keystones in this process.”
New Belgium says the approximately two dozen vessels range in size from 32 to 52 feet tall with net volumes between 547 and 1860 hectoliters or up to 49,000 gallons. The six bright tanks, which store beer before packaging, are even larger: “They’re approximately 55 feet tall with net volume of 2090 hectoliters, equivalent to about 55,000 gallons,” according to New Belgium.