FOOTHILLS BREWING

Neil Hodges fills 15.5-gallon kegs with “Hoppyum IPA”” from finishing tanks, rear, at the Foothills Brewing Co.

Foothills Brewing Co. said Wednesday it will produce three core brands of Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. as the Greensboro company shifts operations to a new brewery.

Foothills, based in Winston-Salem, will brew and package year-round Buckshot Amber Ale, Southern Session IPA and Wildflower Witbier at its 48,000-square-foot facility in Stratford Industrial Park.

The production shift is scheduled to take place in the first quarter.

Natty Greene is building a brewery at Revolution Mill in Greensboro.

Kayne Fields, co-founder of Natty Greene’s, said the production shift will help ease the transition into its new brewery.

“Foothills has larger fermenter capacity than our current facility, as well as a high-speed bottling line that can efficiently package our year-round brands.

Jamie Bartholomaus, president of Foothills Brewing, said the partnership represents, in terms of shared services and managing cost, “the future of craft beer.”

“Production for Natty Greene beers fits within the size and schedule of our own brewing operations. We can brew these at lower cost, enabling our partner to focus on their specialty brew and retail operations.”

Natty Greene opened a second restaurant, The Kitchen + Market, at Revolution Mill in 2017. It will add a tasting room along with the brewery at Revolution Mill.

In 2014, Foothills expanded its production capacity for the second time to meet increased demand. It also has a tap room at the Stratford facility.

Foothills is ranked among www.ratebeer.com’s 100 best breweries in the world. It brews more than 20 year-round, plus seasonal offerings. Among its best sellers are Hoppyum IPA, Sexual Chocolate and Carolina Blonde.

The company has 130 employees and expects to add more as demand for its beers increases.

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