O'so Brewing Company will be expanding in Stevens Point with a $2 million project within the next two years. Stevens Point City Council met in a special session Monday evening, unanimously approving the plan.
"I think it's going to be a fabulous project, O'so has had a 10 plus years history success in central Wisconsin, I think their expanding is a testament to that," said Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza.
Currently, O'so leases 12,000 sq/ft in Plover for their retail and manufacturing space along with 4,000 sq/ft in Stevens Point for storage.
The new location would be on County Highway HH just passed Brilowski Road in Stevens Point.
"I think the project is a good fit, we'll become a destination," said Wiza.
Big Thinker, LLC will be developing the project which includes a brewery, taproom and barrel aging cellar. The space will then be leased to O'so.
"Some of the things they're going to be doing in conjunction with the new project are a disc golf course, and a kickball course, and things like that, growing their own hops on site, it's a fabulous project," said Wiza.
The city will be selling Big Thinker, LLC 20 acres of land for $1 and providing a $500,000 grant to assist in improvements. The developer will be paying the city back through a tax increment payment from 2020 through the 2032 tax year.
In 10 years of business, O'so Brewing Company is the 12th largest craft brewery in Wisconsin.
O'so is also looking to have an outdoor beer garden with a seasonal outdoor bar, a gathering area for games, live music and to host large events. Eventually a kickball diamond and disc golf course would be built.
"Having those hometown local businesses do well and succeed and continue expanding, that's really the cool thing about this project," said Wiza.