Triptych Brewing looking to double production capacity

Triptych Brewing looking to double production capacity

SAVOY — Four years after opening, Triptych Brewing Co. is planning to double its production capacity at a facility across the street.

The co-owner of the microbrewery that opened in February 2013 said it has outgrown its location at 1703 Woodfield Drive.

"Our beer has been well-received, and we've basically signed a distribution agreement with a distributor, so we're sending our beer all the way out to the Quad Cities, and we're also sending it all the way up to Chicago," said James Voigtlander. "We just don't have a big enough system to brew it in the batch sizes we need."

The Savoy Planning Commission unanimously recommended to the village board a special-use permit for the new building and an amended special-use permit at the current building.

"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to stay here in Savoy," said co-owner Lyle Amacher. "We have a good, local customer base, and we're looking to continue to be a good neighbor to the surrounding community."

Triptych plans to buy the Flooring Surfaces Inc. store across the road and move most of its production to that building, where customers will be able to take tours, Voigtlander said.

By moving most of the production across the street, Triptych will have more room for customers at the current taproom.

Triptych hopes to complete the expansion by March 1, 2018, Voigtlander said.

During the meeting, two nearby residents expressed some concerns about the expansion.

Susan Gabay-Laughnan lives in the house closest to Triptych and said the sound from the taproom has bothered her intermittently but never enough to file a complaint. She was concerned about Triptych expanding the patio and the noise this could create.

Heather Mangian, president of the Arbours Homeowners Association, said many of the concerns residents had when Triptych opened weren't realized.

"We were really concerned about Triptych coming in and how that might impact our neighborhood," she said. "Some of the things that we were worried about turned out not to be a worry, so that's good."

She expressed safety concerns, citing a chemical spill last fall at Triptych involving a faulty container from a vendor.

Amacher said Triptych has taken steps to prevent this from happening in the future, such as buying chemicals that have a secondary container to contain any leaks.

Amacher said Triptych has an incentive to be a good neighbor.

"Some of the homeowners are some of our best customers," he said. "So we certainly want to keep them happy. It just makes for good business."

Flooring Surfaces Inc. will remain open, co-owner Kevin Applebee said, and no one will be losing their job.

"The opportunity was right, so we sold it," he said. "We're not going anywhere. We'll still be in business."

It will operate out of its Champaign location until it finds another location in the area, Applebee said.

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