Octopi Brewing Co.’s $11 million expansion helps expand its mission beyond beer | Madison Wisconsin Business News

Part of the $11 million expansion at Octopi Brewing Co. in Waunakee is a $2.5 million high-speed canning line. The system can fill 350 12-ounce cans a minute, compared with 94 cans per minute with Octopi’s previous system. While beer is the primary product being canned, the brewery wants to produce more non-beer beverages like non-alcoholic seltzers, flavored waters, teas and coffees. WAUNAKEE — Isaac Showaki isn’t quite ready to change the name of his company but an $11 million expansion project at his Octopi Brewing Co. is more than just about beer. A major part of the upgrade is $3.5 million in equipment that will fully plunge his business into the production of non-alcoholic teas, sodas, seltzers, coffees, flavored waters and beer along with alcoholic cocktails. Showaki’s brewery still makes beer in 50 barrel batches but he now refers to the company he founded in 2014 and opened a year later as a beverage co-packer. Located in the Waunakee Business Park next door to the village’s indoor ice arena dubbed “The Ice Pond,” Octopi is expected to brew about 55,000 barrels of product by the end of 2019. About 90 percent of that will be beer and most of it will be not for Oct...

The Most Outrageous and Expensive Father’s Day Gifts for 2016: The Ultimate List

Growing up, my father always wanted the very best. He liked to impress the neighbors with his newest boat, or gadgets with cutting edge technology before anyone else had them. When a friend would upstage him with something new, he would seek out the next generation or model to outdo them. It became a constant back and forth of bigger and better.  With a little help from my friends at Hammacher Schlemmer and other high-end outlets, I decided to compile a list of the most outrageous, over-the-top Father’s Day gifts in honor of my father. He would have loved dreaming about these extravagant items, from submarines to hovercraft golf carts, these are among the best of 2016 and beyond. The DeepFlight Dragon is the easiest submersible to operate in the world because it hovers in-place without the need for adjusting ballast or managing drop weights. Requiring no more skill than driving a car, the sub’s fixed positive buoyancy combines with its six 400-rpm, 1.2-kilowatt ducted propellers—two front and four rear—to provide easy omnidirectional movement and stand-still hovering underwater next to reefs, wrecks, and underwater species. Capable of exploring the twilight zone down to a depth ...