Colonial Brewing Co begins major production facility expansions.
We asked ourselves, what do the people want? And the answer was definitive: more beer. So more beer it is.
Colonial Brewing Co are excited to expand the production capacity at both Margaret River and Port Melbourne breweries to meet consumer demands. Over the next year the breweries will be equipped to upgrade the capacity to an initial 4-million litres per year, with room to expand further to 6 million liters in the near future.
With upgrades starting immediately, Port Melbourne will be the first brewery to receive 100hL and 200hL vessels with fermentation tanks arriving in 3 stages beginning this spring, with completion projected for winter 2019.
Working with German based company BrauKon, a custom designed 4 vessel, 50hL brewhouse will give Colonial the ability to brew far more beer, with even greater quality control.
“BrauKon have established themselves as one of the world’s best brewhouse builders and we are really excited to partner with them for this state-of-the-art project. Our focus is to brew high quality beer to meet the growing demands, using world class equipment.” – Head Brewer Ash.
Nothing has been spared in the facility upgrade, with a focus on acquiring the latest technology including a vapour condenser and internal boiler, both designed for improved energy efficiency. BrauKon’s automation will help attain strong consistency but the brewers will continue to remain hands-on to ensure there is direct management of the ingredients and process. It’s the best of both worlds really.
Margaret River Brewery won’t be missing out either. New structures will be built on the property to make room for additional fermentation space which will double the production volume for thirsty folks in the West.
CBCo has grown from 8 accounts per week in 2015 to servicing major chains, over 1,500 independent bottle shops and more than 200 on premise customers nationally.
“Due to the massive growth and demand on all our brands, we are investing in the future of Colonial Brewing Co so that we can continue supplying Australian-owned and brewed beer to as many consumers as possible.” – Lawrence Dowd, General Manager Colonial Brewing Co.
This just the first step in what’s to be an exciting period of growth at Colonial Brewing Co. Follow @cbco_ on Instagram to watch the expansions come to life.