JAKs Brewing Co. (7654 McLaughlin Road, jaksbrewing.com), will see a much-needed expansion in the coming year. General manager Kyal Copenhaver says the brewery will move to the Shops at Meridian Ranch, an under-construction shopping center at the corner of Meridian Road and Stapleton Drive, around two miles from their current storefront. She says the new brewery location could be ready as soon as mid-February.
The No. 1 reason for the move is space. Currently, JAKs operates in around 1,300 square feet, including 400 square feet of taproom area. The new space will have somewhere between 1,100 and 1,500 feet of indoor seating alone, with additional private event space and patio seating. They'll also have the room to increase brewing capacity, doubling the current five-barrel system and going from 10 to 20 taps.
Right now, they also have to close two days a week, as their current space doesn't allow them to brew and serve at the same time. Not so with the new location, says Copenhaver.
"Being able to brew seven days a week without any hindrance ... we're going to be popping out kegs like nobody's business," she says. They also plan on setting up refrigeration systems in order to brew lagers. At some point, they hope to add bottling and distribution to the brewery, though details on that are still up in the air. What's more, they're expanding their barrel-aging program, going from six to 11 barrels.
"The population up here is responding to [our barrel-aged beers] really well, and it's really fun," she says. Come March 14, when the company celebrates its second anniversary, they'll be tapping a few special beers, some of which will have been aging for over a year.
When we wrote about Humble Coffee's expansion plans here last week, we noted that Firedance Coffee is now Mango Tree Coffee (2814 N. Prospect St., mangotreecoffee.org), owned by Fort Worth, Texas-based charity organization Manna Worldwide. But roaster/manager Mark Corona isn't a new face at Mango Tree. He and former owner Craig Ganoe started Mango Tree as a charitable imprint of Firedance in June 2015. Corona's not a roaster himself — he comes from the nonprofit management world — but as part of the transition process, Ganoe trained him and Manna team leader Keith O'Neal on the roasting process.
"We plan on going to roasting school when we get the time, and we're planning to learn a lot more," says Corona. "We still have our full-time jobs with the nonprofit. ... If I'm traveling, [O'Neal] helps out and comes down a couple days a week."
Manna International's mission statement, on their website, says that they are "a Christian organization that focuses on caring for impoverished children around the world. We are strategically fighting the global giants of disease, poverty, illiteracy, and spiritual emptiness."