FAIRFIELD — Heretic Brewing Co. is getting bigger.
The craft brewing business came to the Western Business Park at 1052 Horizon Drive two years ago. It has signed a lease to expand into an adjoining 7,700 square feet of space, bringing its total space to about 15,000 square feet.
Heretic Brewing Co. has doubled production since arriving in Fairfield, to about 12,000 gallons a month, owner Jamil Zainasheff said.
Now it’s ready to double its space.
“We need it for storage,” Zainasheff said. “We’re going to do a lot more barrel aging of beers. We’re thinking of putting in a classroom to teach people how to start up their own breweries.”
Plus, Heretic Brewery is tripling the amount of space it has available for tasting, including the addition of an outdoor area.
“The tasting room is really popular and it just gets crowded on Friday and Saturday,” Zainasheff said.
Zainasheff started brewing beer in 1999, when his wife bought him a Mr. Beer brewing kit. He began brewing two gallons at a time as a hobby.
In 2009, he quit his career in software. He started his craft beer brewing venture in Pittsburg in 2011. The business quickly outgrew its space there and moved to Fairfield.
Now Heretic Brewery again needs more space. This time, it has room to grow.
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