Improvements — big improvements — have been fermenting lately at Charleville Vineyard Winery & Microbrewery.
Jack and Joal Russell, co-owners of the establishment at 16937 Boyd Road, recently added a 10,000-square-foot multi-use facility to Charleville’s site, looming just across the chat parking lot from its tasting room and the Bruckerhoff Cabin, the 1800s structure maintained there as a bed-and-breakfast.
The cavernous new facility makes quite a sight even amid the craggy beauties of Saline Township, in southwest Ste. Genevieve County. (“Do not use your GPS or MapQuest when trying to find us,” Charleville’s website amusingly cautions visitors. “They take you to all sorts of interesting roads that have not been in existence for over 50 years.”)
Amid the gleaming stainless-steel tanks and other devices related to Charleville’s brewing operation, Tait Russell, director of sales and distribution, and Tony Saballa, brewmaster, recently paused to discuss what constitutes a major upgrade for the microbrewery.
That upgrade actually has proceeded in “a couple of waves” during the past year and a half, Russell noted. It will more than quintuple Charleville’s brewing capabilities.
Between the original operation and the new facility, the upgrade will boost those capabilities from seven barrels per day/batch to 37 total (with a barrel of beer containing 31 gallons).
At the moment, Charleville’s brewing production stands at roughly 1,000 barrels annually. The upgrade will permit the brewery to jump to 3,000 barrels annually, at a minimum
Original Article : Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Saint Genevive Herald