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Water may be the Point for brewery expansion

By Jan Basina

The Stevens Point Brewery is expanding after it recently announced that it plans to build a 2,700-square-foot addition, which will house a keg cooler and aging tanks.

Construction is planned for this summer.

The brewery says the expansion is necessary because of increased sales. That’s probably right. But maybe, just maybe, the water has something to do with it.

After all, the Stevens Point Water Department last week was honored for having the best-tasting water in the nation by the American Water Works Association. The association has been presenting its Best of the Best water taste test award since 2005 in part to promote the use of tap water over bottled water.

Stevens Point, population 25,000, topped such heavyweight contenders as New York City, which gets its water from the Catskill Mountains; and Silverdale, Wash., where a 1,000-foot-deep aquifer supplies water to its residents. Stevens Point supplies water to its residents from groundwater wells since 1922.

But Stevens Point Brewery has been brewing beer since 1857. Although several new brands have been added recently, Point Beer remains the premium beer of the fifth oldest continuously operating brewery in the U.S.

The new addition, which is expected to be completed in September, will increase the brewery’s yearly capacity to more than 80,000 barrels.

With Stevens Point’s motto being “City of Wonderful Water,” the country now knows what residents have known since 1922 – their water is the best of the best. And as for the Point Beer, I’m thinking – maybe it’s all in the water.

Jan Basina is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. She can be reached at (414) 225-1817.

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