The Jackson Township brewery has begun operating an 8,000 barrel production facility and cannery at 5646 Wales Ave. NW and hopes to begin shipping cases soon.

JACKSON TWP.  The Brewers Association has listed Royal Docks Brewing Co. among the country's fastest growing small and independent craft breweries.

Jackson Township-based Royal Docks ranked fifth overall among 50 small and independent breweries. It was the inaugural list for the Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade group that represents small and independent brewers. Platform Beer Co. in Cleveland ranked 35th on the list.

The Brewers Association based its rankings by comparing growth between 2016 and 2017. The median growth for breweries on the list was 224 percent, while the median size for breweries on the list jumped from 284 barrels in 2016 to 984 barrels in 2017.

John Bikis, who started the brewery, called it a high honor for Royal Docks to place on the list. "I've always sensed we were doing well for our age and resources, but I was shocked to learn that we were performing well enough to be included in a list like this," he said in a statement.

The recognition comes as Royal Dock begins operating an 8,000 barrel production facility and cannery at 5646 Wales Ave. NW, not far from its tap room in the Marketplace at Nobles Pond. The brewery hopes to begin shipping cases soon, said Dave Sutula, brewmaster.

"It makes all the hours behind the wheel traveling between markets, visiting customers, meeting craft beer lovers, making, canning and delivering beer worthwhile," Sutula said.

Royal Docks also is offering a brewery tour of its growing facilities on select Saturdays through August. Tours on May 9 and June 2 are sold out, but some dates might be added.

Along with getting a look at the operations, tour participants get a welcome beer, a sampling flight at the Taproom and a Royal Docks T-shirt. Tours are limited to 10 people. For more information visit,