After less than two years in business, Raised Grain Brewing Co. is expanding.
The Waukesha Plan Commission Wednesday, May 10, unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the local craft brewery to relocate its production operation and eventually open a new taproom and restaurant on the city's east side.
Raised Grain's current brewery and taproom will stay at 2244 W. Bluemound Road – the company's original location – but production will move to the proposed expansion site inside a 20,000-square-foot former mattress store at 1725 Dolphin Drive, according to city documents.
Under the plan, the Bluemound brewhouse will become a pilot brewery.
Nick Reistad, one Raised Grain's owners, said the plan is initially to build out the production area, then add the restaurant and taproom later. (A food truck currently serves as a makeshift restaurant outside the brewery.)
Under one roof
The goal is to have all those components internalized at a single location, Reistad said.
Raised Grain is owned by four partners: Reistad, Scott Kelley, James Gosset and Kevin Brandenburg.
"Things have been going very well (for us) so far," Reistad continued. "It's been a great ride and we look forward to more."
"It's a pleasure having you in the community," said Mayor Shawn Reilly, the commission's chairman.
The brewery has garnered some substantial recognition since opening in 2015.
It won a gold medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival for its Paradocs Red Imperial IPA, named for its two head brewers – one a physician, the other a vascular surgeon.
Raised Grain is also the smallest brewery represented at the Local Brews bar at Miller Park, a new addition to the stadium's concessions options.