New Belgium building a southern brewery

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Colorado craft brewer New Belgium is building a new brewery in Asheville, North Carolina as it expands into the East Coast market.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports that construction at the site of Asheville’s former stockyards began with a toast of beer on Thursday.

The brewery is expected to be operating by late next year and will employ about 140 people.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Colorado-based Oskar Blues have already expanded into the Asheville area.

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