Octopi Brewing celebrates expansion, clean energy project

WAUNAKEE, Wis. — Octopi Brewing is celebrating a new expansion and clean energy project.

On Wednesday, brewery employees gave a tour of the company’s new $72 million expansion, which adds two new sections, including a 200,000 square-foot redistribution center and a 120,000 square-foot expansion in its current building.

The expansion also includes a large-scale energy storage project powered by a rooftop solar installation. Part of the project’s cost was covered by a $500,000 grant.

“I’m really thrilled to be a partner with Octopi, as they’ve made their commitment, as I’ve said from the very beginning, to protect the water resources of our state and to make sure that they’re thinking about their energy need and how that impacts climate change and the air quality of our state as well,” Mark Redsten, the president and CEO of Clean Wisconsin, Inc., said.

With the expansion, Octopi said it will now be able to make 14 billion cases — or one million barrels — of product per year.

The company expects the expansion to come online next month and to hire 30 more people in the following six to 10 months.