Matanuska Brewing Co. begins canning in old Mat-Maid building
A Palmer landmark has new owners and they're brewing up business in the heart of downtown.
Matanuska Brewing Company is canning its beer in the same building that Matanuska Maid used to make its milk jugs.
The facility is now filled with brand new, semi-automatic equipment and can package 92 cans of ale a minute-- or roughly 40,000 cans a day.
Matanuska Brewing Company is partnered with Glacier Brewhouse to brew and can their beer on a large scale and help distribute the product to grocery and liquor stores.
Head brewer Kevin Burton, who spent 20 years with Glacier Brewhouse, is now working on a new line of beer specifically for the Matanuska brand.
“We’re a production brewery, we’re not a brewpub,” Burton said. “We want to sell to distributors and sell all over the state.”
Where many people saw an abandoned dairy building, the folks behind Matanuska Brewing Company say they saw an opportunity to give an old building new life.
So far they've put about $5 million into the business.
“The goal is to maximize out the facility and become as profitable as large of a brewery as we can get while maintaining that craft level of beer,” co-owner Matthew Tomter said.
Matanuska brewing purchased the long-vacant building from the Division of Agriculture in 2017 for $825,000.
The state says all of the proceeds from the sale went into the agricultural revolving loan fund, which helps people buy things such as farmland, barns and equipment.
Matanuska Brewing will also have a small tasting room scheduled to open on May 16.
Additionally, Tomter hopes to someday open an additional tasting room in an abandoned silo on the property.
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