Roak Brewing markets Royal Oak operation for sale in consolidation move

Roak Brewing Co. is planning to close its brewing facility and taproom in Royal Oak and consolidate operations in Marshall.

The craft beer maker listed its brewing equipment for sale Tuesday and is looking for another local brewer to take over its lease, CEO John Leone said.

He said the Roak brand is not going away, however, and the company intends to eventually open a Roak taproom and restaurant elsewhere in Royal Oak.

After the acquisition of Marshall-based Dark Horse Brewing Co. in February for an undisclosed sum, and the financial strain from the coronavirus pandemic, Roak decided one production location was more than enough.

“It’s a great facility,” Leone said. “We’re torn, but ultimately, we vetted it out and it just makes all the sense in the world to consolidate.”

The 18,000-square foot building at 332 E. Lincoln Ave., at the south end of downtown Royal Oak, is being

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CEO says City Brewing not for sale, may add up to 200 employees in La Crosse soon | Business News

City Brewing Co.

City Brewing Co. in La Crosse may add as many as 200 new employees “within the next few months” according to company CEO George Parke III.

La Crosse-based City Brewing Co. is not for sale, and may add up to 200 employees at its La Crosse facilities in the next few months, company CEO George Parke III said Friday.

The company has slightly more than 600 employees in La Crosse now, and expects to have about 800 employees in 2021, he said.

The Tribune contacted Parke on Friday morning regarding a Bloomberg News story Thursday that said the contract beverage maker is considering a sale of the business “according to people with knowledge of the matter.”

The Bloomberg story also said the company could fetch more than $1 billion in a sale according to one of the anonymous

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