Oct 08, 2020

Molson Coors Begins Major Upgrade of Golden Brewing Plant

Molson Coors Beverage Co. brewing plant upgrades in Golden, Colorado are on the horizon.

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Molson Coors Beverage Co. brewing plant upgrades are beginning soon in Golden, Colorado. 

This will make the facility the second-largest beer-making facility in the world.

“Demolition activities will be starting relatively quickly,” said Peter J. Coors, son of Molson Coors vice chairman to The Denver Post.

Peter Coors has been named the director of the G150 project, a name taken from the impending 150-year anniversary of family patriarch Adolph Coors launching a brewing company in Golden with fellow Prussian immigrant Jacob Schueler in 1873, reported the Denver Post.

G150 is scheduled to stretch into 2024 and will completely overhaul the infrastructure between the company’s Golden brewhouse and the packaging facility at the massive plant. 

More-efficient fermentation, aging and filtration facilities will be built. The building where beer is stored prior to packaging will also be replaced with a state-of-the-art upgrade, according to Coors.

The existing fermenting, filtering and storage facilities are not being removed as part of the work but instead will be abandoned in place. The new tank farms coming will be replacing surface parking lots and ponds on the property, added the Denver Post.

There will be an anticipated 25% less beer waste and 15% less energy usage on an annual basis, according to Coors. Water usage at the plant should decrease by 100 million gallons per year.

“The city of Golden is committed to a sustainable future and its wonderful to know that Molson Coors has that same commitment as well,” said Golden Mayor Laura Weinberg at the groundbreaking.

For now, the Golden brewery’s upgrade is set up so that it will continue only to produce beers like Coors Banquet Beer, Miller Genuine Lite, Blue Moon Belgian White and 22 other well-known brands. The facility will have the capability to be retrofitted to make hard seltzers. 

The plant can make between 11 and 12 million barrels of beer a year, a cap brought on by the capacity of its packaging operation, which will not change after the overhaul is done. Coors expects between 450 to 500 construction workers to be on site almost every day.

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