GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — Georgetown’s only brewery can’t keep up with demand. After a year in business, Rentsch Brewery is ready for a major expansion, which includes an outdoor beer garden and a new, larger, air-conditioned tap-room.
The expansion will also include a canning operation that will allow Rentsch beer to be sold in packages in stores throughout Central Texas. The company is adding 3,750 square feet of production space and 3,500 square feet of warehouse and storage space.
“Last August when we had our grand opening, we actually sold out of all of our beers in one day, and that shut our production down for a couple weeks. And after that, we’ve sold everything we can make as soon as we’ve made it,” says Andrew Rentschler, owner of Rentsch Brewery.
The Georgetown City Council has approved pitching in $70,000, which will be used for electric and water line upgrades to serve the brewery. The funding comes from a sales tax voters approved more than a decade ago.
“Not only did it improve the infrastructure to the Flex Office Park that they’re in, but it also shows the entrepreneurial spirit within Georgetown,” explains Michaela Dollar, director of Georgetown Economic Development.
The city uses the tax dollars as incentives to help businesses and the community. “We are a prospering community that can support growing businesses and that “hipster-style” culture as people are aging out of the Austin demographic and looking to move north,” said Dollar.
The expansion is expected to be completed by the spring of 2017.
Since 2006, the city of Georgetown has approved funding for at least seven other businesses, including $4.5 million for public infrastructure and a parking garage near the new Sheraton Hotel.