Last June, Intergalactic Brewing owner Alex Van Horne announced that his Miramar brewery was struggling and would need to sell or entertain investment from outside sources in order to remain in business. He mentioned that part of that soldiering on may include operating under a different structure, or perhaps even another brand altogether. Van Horne wasn’t sure what exactly he would do, but was open to a host of possibilities. Today, after spending the past eight months listening to potential investors and multiple business propositions, he announced via social media that he has made up his mind on the future of Intergalactic.
Though still in negotiations, Van Horne hopes to consolidate the space he currently has leased within a business park on Carroll Centre Road. This would involve Intergalactic moving out of its 2,500-square-foot tasting room space and into a 1,400-square-foot space next door. Not only would this move allow for lowering overhead, but also an aspect of addition, namely acquiring a Type 2 wine license that would allow Intergalactic to begin selling ciders made on-site. That has been a dream of Van Horne’s for the entire half-decade his brewery has been in existence.
And though it never went out of business, Saturday, March 24 will bring an official “grand reopening party” to Intergalactic’s tasting room. It will be the first of several events in the coming months, including a fifth-anniversary soiree in April, followed the next month with the sci-fi brewery’s annual May the Fourth Be with You affair featuring a lightsaber tournament and Star Wars-inspired beers, including That’s No Moon Triple IPA. Intergalactic’s Strong Ale Fest will also be resurrected.
Van Horne is still open to the idea of capital investment, but feels his the new course he’s charting should set him up for increased success regardless.