Hutton & Smith Brewing Co. is expanding its brewing capacity with a new facility. (Photo: Contributed)

Hutton & Smith Brewing Co. is expanding by adding a production facility on Riverside Drive. 

“Our original business plan when we opened [on Martin Luther King Boulevard] was to expand in three years,” co-owner Melanie Krautstrunk said. “When we reached [brewing] capacity at four months, we started planning [for the expansion].”

Melanie and her husband, Joel, opened the seven-barrel brewhouse in June 2015. 

The new 15,000-square-foot space will allow for the production of 30 barrels, as well as expand distribution in Chattanooga. The duo also plans to take their products to Knoxville and Nashville. 

Currently, the brewery has about 28 local accounts, but it’s sometimes difficult to keep up with the demand, the duo said. 

“[The expansion] will be better for our current accounts, and we will be able to supply the accounts that would like to have us on tap,” Melanie said. 

The brewery is in the early phases of construction and hopes to be packaging beer in 10 or 11 months. 

The larger brewhouse will allow Joel, who is the head brewer, to make a variety of new styles that were previously off-limits because of the limited size of the Martin Luther King space. 

Styles to look forward to in addition to the 28 beers in the brewery’s current lineup are Way Bock When, which is a traditional bock; a Baltic porter; and a Belgian triple.

It will also allow brewers the chance to brew one-off releases in the pilot system on MLK.

The expansion will mean at least six new full-time positions.

Customers won’t see much change at the MLK taproom. It will still operate as a pilot facility where staff will brew beers only available in the taproom and at select local restaurants. 

The new production brewery on Riverside will not be open for brewery tours, but the general public will be invited for a sneak peek into the brewery in mid-June for the business’ second anniversary party. 

Joel is a climber and homebrewer, and Melanie is a geologist. The duo wanted to move from Las Vegas to somewhere with a sound outdoors scene and a market for craft beer.

They heard about Chattanooga through some climber friends and came to visit for two weeks. They stayed at the Read House for one week and camped for another-and they were sold. 

The brewery is named after James Hutton and William “Strata” Smith, who are considered the fathers of modern geology.

In October, the brewery received recognition from the Great American Beer Festival.

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