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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. expanding to east coast

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East coast beer drinkers who enjoy the Sierra Nevada line will no longer have to worry about the freshness of their beverage.

The beer brewing company announced in a press release Wednesday that it has chosen a location for its new brewery. The proposed brewery will be just south of Asheville, North Carolina, in the western part of the state.

“We are thrilled to have found an ideal location in western North Carolina for our second brewery,” Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada, said in the press release. “The beer culture, water quality and quality of life are excellent. We feel lucky to be a part of this community.”

Currently, Sierra Nevada operates out of Chico, California, approximately 90 miles north of Sacramento. Grossman, who attended California State University, Chico, started the company in 1980 and it expanded to its current location in 1989.

In addition to being a hub for beer production, bottling and shipping, the Chico location also features a restaurant and gift shop, and offers guests the chance to tour the facility and taste the many beers on tap.

The location near Asheville was chosen as Sierra Nevada whittled down a list of more than 100 potential spots for an east coast brewery. The decision was based on a number of factors, including ease of shipping, quality of life for employees and quality of water in the area.

According to the press release, Sierra Nevada plans to have a capacity of 300,000 barrels at the new facility, but the ability to expand is available. The company expects to hire 90 workers for the facility and hopes to finish construction by 2014.

Like the Chico brewery, the Asheville Sierra Nevada will feature a restaurant and gift shop to cater to guests.

According to the company's website, the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is the brand's most popular beer, but Sierra Nevada has been recognized worldwide with many awards for its full line of beers. In 2010, the company earned the gold at the World Beer Cup in the "German-Style Pilsner" category.

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