Night Shift Brewing, a microbrewery that uses unique ingredients for its small-batch beer, will expand its production center from a 3,000-square-foot facility on Charlton Street to a 16,000-square-foot space at 87 Santilli Highway in Everett, Massachusetts.
MassDevelopment provided a $700,000 loan to finance equipment and renovations at the new building, which will house the brewing operations and taproom.
“Night Shift Brewing shows how with hard work and creativity, Massachusetts entrepreneurs can transform their passion into a profession,” said MassDevelopment President/CEO Marty Jones. “We’re pleased to invest in Night Shift’s expansion in a Gateway City, helping the company meet demand and share its creation around the Commonwealth and beyond.”
Launched in March 2012 by Robert Burns, Michael O’Mara, and Michael Oxton, Night Shift Brewing sells to customers at its taproom and to liquor stores, bars, and restaurants in greater Boston. According to MassDevelopment, the brewery has also exported to Denmark and plans to pursue more exporting as it builds capacity.
Because of Night Shift’s work overseas, the loan was enhanced by a MassDevelopment export guarantee. In addition to selling beers with ingredients such as habanero peppers or cacao nibs from Somerville’s Taza Chocolate, the company offers a “Barrel Society” for loyal customers, similar to community-supported agriculture farm shares.
“We’re incredibly excited to work with MassDevelopment on this,” said Michael Oxton, one of Night Shift’s three Co-founders. “Our once tiny brewery is growing significantly with this change, and we can’t wait to share the new taproom and brewing facility with all of our local supporters in just a few more weeks. Our production will increase dramatically with this upgrade, too, so Boston should expect to see a lot more Night Shift on the shelves and on tap in 2014.”