Cornish family firm St Austell Brewery are ploughing £2.5m into a new eco-friendly ’300 firkins per hour’ cask racking hall.
Head brewer Roger Ryman told The Brewers Guardian this week: “At the moment, our problem is we can brew it quicker than we can rack it.
“So we fairly quickly grind to a halt.”
”The new building will be fitted with a Microdat racking line, increasing St Austell’s packaging capabilities from 120 firkins to 300 firkins an hour and resolving packaging bottlenecks.
“We’re also going for a lot more mechanical handling within the operation, like automatic palletising and depalletising and automatic keystone removal.”
The plant should be built by June, and will also include a large cold storage area.”
Much of St Austell’s beer is currently stored in the brewery’s century-old cellars.
The new building’s going to be energy self-sufficient, using solar panels, heat recovery and low-energy lighting.
St Austell own a growing chain of local pubs and have invested millions of pounds in recent years to update their Victorian brewhouse.
Last year the firm spent £550,000 on equipment including a malt mill, grist case, mash tun and hop back.