Good City Brewing in Milwaukee Expanding

NOW: Good City Brewing in Milwaukee Expanding

One of Milwaukee's newest craft breweries is already expanding. Good City Brewing on the east side opened last June on Farwell Avenue.

Now it's adding a private event space, called Good City Hall, that will seat an additional 130 people. The founders are knocking through a wall and taking over vacant space where Crank Daddy's Bicycle Works used to be located.

They're also adding a new rooftop patio. The plan is to have the rooftop spot finished in July.

"It kinda goes to 'Seek The Good' right? That's our motto," co-founder Dan Katt explained. "And what's better than sitting on an outdoor patio on the east side that's elevated with a fresh made beer and some food? Not much. We expect it to be a continuation of what we're doing (inside) with more sunshine," Katt added. 

Good City Brewing also announced on Monday a new distribution partnership with Beechwood Sales & Service in New Berlin. 

The founders used to help deliver their beer themselves. Now they have a local company to distribute throughout Milwaukee and Madison. It's a relationship both sides are excited about it.

"It was the combination of world class products with world class people that grabbed us. The beers they've been producing are outstanding and they've been resonating with consumers," Dave Cartwright, Wisconsin Craft Manager for Beechwood, said.

Less than a year since opening, Good City Brewing has nearly 200 draft beer accounts. It also has about 50 accounts with grocery and liquor stores to sell its packaged beer.

The company's growth in such a short amount of time is even more than the founders anticipated.  

"We certainly knew there was an opportunity. We've been talking about this as consumers here in Milwaukee so we knew there was an opportunity, but we didn't expect to be 10 months in and talking about having to expand," co-founder David Dupee said.

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