The customer wanted to develop a commercially viable brewing operation in the space behind an existing retail site. The client already owns an established brewery with a strong local brand. The premises happen to be within a UNESCO site of special interest, so planning rules meant that no structural changes or external modifications were allowed.
A key objective was to ensure that, although the client would own and operate both the retail operation and the brewery, customers would see the new site as a totally separate venue and brand. To meet this need, design and aesthetics were vital.
The client required a totally different offering to that of their existing brewery. For this reason, they opted for a German-style brewhouse, specialising in kegged formats with more hop-forward styles.
Having assessed the space available, our design team determined that the largest plant size which could fit alongside an internal tap room would be 20hl. On this basis, we advised that a Brew-Bloc 3 20hl setup would be suitable.
After a tender against three competitors, we were engaged for the entire process. The commissioning deadline was a crucial one, with the Christmas retail boom in sight.