The iconic Three Floyds Brewing is planning to nearly triple in size with an ambitious redevelopment of its operation in Munster, Ind., according to documents posted by the town of Munster.
What is currently a 57,000-square-foot brewery in an office park would balloon to a sprawling, glass-walled campus that includes an expanded brewpub, a retail area, office space, vast outdoor dining, ample parking and a substantially larger brewery full of top-of-the-line German equipment.
The plans — which look more like a vision from the tech industry than craft brewing — were posted last week on the town of Munster’s website. Town officials have been hammering out details of the expansion with Three Floyds since September.
Munster Town Manager Dustin Anderson said he expects formal approval by March. The new brewery would likely be completed in 2019 or 2020. Three Floyds officials did not respond to requests for comment.
Anderson said his first response upon seeing the plans was, “Holy cow.”
“Second was, ‘That’s awesome, and how can I as a resident and employee of the town help facilitate that in my community?’” he said.
Three Floyds bought multiple lots around its brewery in 2014 to expand brewing production and build a distillery. The new plans calls for Three Floyds to continue building outward from its existing operation, including construction on an undeveloped lot north of the distillery and a lot south of the brewery that formerly housed another business.
“We’re thrilled,” Anderson said. “Three Floyds is a great neighbor and asset for the community, and we’re glad they’re choosing to expand in Munster.”
The expansion will be discussed at a public meeting of the Munster planning commission Feb. 27 and then be subject to approval by the town council.
Though a longtime Chicago resident, founder Nick Floyd launched Three Floyds in northwest Indiana in 1996, where land was cheaper. Since then, his brewery has become an international craft brewing sensation, due in part to its annual Dark Lord Day festival, held each spring at the brewery.
Last year, Floyd launched an American version of his WarPigs Brewing collaboration with renowned Danish brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergso. The beer has been brewed under contract at breweries in Chicago and Wisconsin.
Three Floyds has hired HKS Architects, a Dallas-based firm with an office in Chicago, for its brewery expansion. Brewing equipment will come from German equipment manufacture BrauKon, which is widely considered among the best in the industry.