Bring on the foam! In Burlington, Foam Brewers is growing. Best known for its complex IPAs and delicate saisons, the brewery has enjoyed fast and furious success since opening at 112 Lake Street in April 2016. In January, popular website RateBeer counted Foam among 2016's 10 best new breweries in the world, and the waterfront spot has become a must-visit for beer tourists and local hopheads alike.
Now, according to Foam partner Jon Farmer, the company is in the process of building a second production space in Hinesburg. The new "annex," as Foam's owners call it, will house additional 15-barrel fermenters, storage space and a canning line, effectively doubling the brewery's production capacity. The brewers plan to fund a 15-barrel brewhouse for the space with the proceeds from their first few can releases, Farmer said.
Yep, cans — bearing eye-catching designs by local artists Mary Lacy and Jackson Tupper — will be available by summer's end, Farmer said, adding that the 16-ounce four-packs will be sold exclusively at Foam's Lake Street home base. The brewery is open to exploring retail and other sales opportunities in Hinesburg, he said, if that community is interested.
The new space will also allow Foam to produce enough of its popular Pavement and Built to Spill double IPAs to ship kegs to a handful of select bars and restaurants. "We really like working with other local businesses," Farmer said. "So we're hoping this'll afford us a chance to do a little more of that."