Stormcloud Production Brewery & Tasting Room
After breaking ground in January 2017, the beer began flowing in early 2018 at Stormcloud Brewing Company's new production brewery, located on the east side of the city of Frankfort.
The 12,759 square-foot facility houses a 20-barrel brewhouse, handcrafted by W.M. Sprinkman Corporation of Waukesha, Wisconsin, with the capacity to brew 4,500 barrels of beer annually. The brewery is also home to a new Craft Canning System, built by Codi Manufacturing, Inc. in Golden, Colorado, with the capacity to fill approximately 40 cans per minute.
Designed by Byce & Associates, Inc. of Kalamazoo, the production brewery houses brewing, fermentation, packaging, cold storage, and all shipping and receiving processes. The facility is also home to a brewing laboratory, office space, and public tasting room with merchandise space.
Tasting Room Update: The public tasting room is scheduled to open Friday, May 25, 2018 and will feature an outdoor beer garden similar to Stormcloud's downtown pub. Public tours of the production brewery will begin June 23, 2018.
Production Brewery Address
366 Parkview Lane, Frankfort, MI 49635
In March 2018, Stormcloud began canning its two most popular beers - Rainmaker Ale, a Belgian-style Pale Ale that brought home a bronze medal from Denver's Great American Beer Festival, and Whiled Away® IPA, a Belgian-style IPA and best seller in Stormcloud's downtown Frankfort pub.
As of April 2018, six-packs of both beers in 12oz cans have been distributed to stores in 13 Michigan counties, including the cities of Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Manistee, and Ludington. As production increases, Stormcloud cans will be distributed north to Petoskey, Cheboygan and Alpena, and south along the coast to Muskegon.
The increase in beer production capacity at the new brewery has also enabled Stormcloud to expand its keg beer distribution to the greater Grand Rapids area in partnership with West Side Beer Distributing. Stormcloud's current keg beer distribution footprint includes 32 counties in Michigan's lower peninsula.
Energy efficiency was top-of-mind when designing the new brewery, and a number of environmentally friendly systems were put into place at the production facility, including:
6.2 kW Solar System with 10 two-panel ground mounted arrays that automatically orient to the sun's location in the sky. Installed by Traverse Solar of Traverse City.
Large sections of vertical glass curtain walls and strategically placed skylights in the production area to maximize daylighting.
All interior lighting is controlled by occupancy sensors and shuts off automatically when vacant.
All exterior lighting is controlled by photocell and timeclock. Exterior lighting shuts off at dawn.
All light fixtures are LED, using less than half of the lighting energy (watts per square foot) allowed by the latest energy code.
Office furnace is 95% efficient (minimum requirement is 80% efficient).
Office condensing unit is 15 SEER (minimum requirement is 13 SEER).
Production area gas heaters are 90% plus efficient (minimum requirement is 80%).
Two electric car charging stations (Tesla and generic). Available summer 2018.
Here's a video of Stormcloud's Rainmaker Ale on the canning line at the new brewery.