Sierra Nevada is sharing a rendering of its brewery coming to Mills River. From the Sierra Nevada website:
This area is pastoral, quiet, and only a 20-minute drive from the city of Asheville, NC. The site is set on approximately 190 acres on the French Broad River—property purchased from a family that had owned and cared for it over the last 100 years. The majority of the site will be kept wild and intact; we have plans to develop a trail system with river access. At a minimum, the new brewery will be LEED certified, with a focus on alternative energy, environmentally conscious construction, reforestation and river quality monitoring and protection.
From Ryan Arnold at Sierra Nevada:
There are several architectural and design teams contributing to this project, including some talented groups from the Asheville area. Samsel Architects is leading a handful of independent structures on the site (e.g. housing maintenance equipment); Design Workshop is spearheading landscape architecture and design; and William G. Lapsley & Associates of Hendersonville is the civil engineer.
From BeerPulse below, some “early exploratory drawings” that Arnold explains aren’t what the final product will be like (the image above represents current plans for the brewery):
The watercolor drawings were shared with us when we were still selecting design partners. Ultimately we went in a different direction with different partners, and we don’t want the community to mistakenly think that’s what’s being built. The rendering we’ve published on our website gives folks an accurate idea of the brewery.
According to the Sierra Nevada site, the brewery will be operational by 2014.
Beer Pulse link: Sierra Nevada Brewing Mills River facility artist renderings
Sierra Nevada blog entry with brewery pic: On our way to North Carolina