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    Newburyport Brewing to double its output this year

    The Newburyport Brewing Co. said Tuesday it would double its output this year to 15,000 barrels of beer.

    Bill Fisher, who co-founded the North Shore brewery, said it would add seven 80-barrel brewing tanks, partially funded with a $280,000 loan from MassDevelopment, the state’s economic development agency. The company also nearly doubled its staff, adding five full-time and five part-time employees to help it grow.

    “During the past two years, we have proven our commitment to producing consistently fresh, high-quality craft beers and are excited to offer more innovative products across the region as we expand our production capacity,” said Chris Webb, the company’s co-founder and chief executive.


    MassDevelopment said Newburyport also received a $196,000 export guarantee. Fisher said demand is currently extremely high in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York City, where it sells its beer to Delta, but it may expand to foreign markets this year.

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    In 2014, Newburyport brewed 7,500 barrels of beer and began offering its products on Delta Airlines flights in the northeast. All of its beer is sold in cans and kegs, unless patrons fill up a growler at its brewery. By doubling its capacity, the company said it would become one of around 135 “regional breweries” in the country that brew 15,000 to 6 million barrels of beer annually.

    Last month, Boston-based craft brewer Trillium Brewing Co. said it had leased 16,000 square feet in Canton to expand its brewing operations.

    Jack Newsham can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @TheNewsHam.