Currently the Craft and Premium Beer markets are experiencing double digit growth worldwide from the USA, UK, Australia, NZ and Northern Europe. This trend has been the case over the last 8 years and research forecasts that it’s set to continue into the next decade. What this would suggest is that consumers’ tastes are changing. They are seeking more interesting products from the beer world with a focus on differentiation, flavour and quality over quantity. This along with the health benefits of reduced beer consumption has created a thriving craft and premium beer market in the Western world that is set to become the benchmark for beer across the globe.

Starting your very own Microbrewery can be daunting and overwhelming, not to mention a severe cash drain initially. However, doing thorough research on the viability of your idea is key to determining the success rate of your beer business. Analysing the industry from a growth perspective, along with the financial side of your idea, should be the first part of the process when starting a microbrewery.

Sustainable Breweries & Distilleries

Sustainability is a popular topic in the modern industrialised world especially in the manufacturing sector. As microbreweries & distilleries continue to establish and evolve in their general offering, it is important to consider sustainability in the general operation of the facility for a number of reasons including:

Microbrewery Capital Investment Guide

Establishing a microbrewery can be a costly exercise as usually the equipment required to manufacture the beer is only part of the total capital investment required to have a fully operational beer production facility. There can be many hidden costs that manufacturers and equipment agents may not be aware of including but not limited to:

  • Utility infrastructure creation
  • Basic electrical, plumbing and gas works (for equipment and production)
  • Tank Cooling, process heating and gas services
  • Dry goods storage, finished goods storage and bulk product storage
  • Flooring and drainage
  • Waste management regime
  • Water storage and outlet points
  • Water filtration system for brewing water
  • To name but a few

These requirements must be addressed whether you intend to establish a 1HL nano brewery or a 150HL macro brewery where it becomes more prevalent due to its sheer size.

When budgeting for a microbrewery facility it is best to sit down with trade professionals, engineers, town planners, production consultants and even safety inspectors initially to design a facility that meets all production, quality, safety, environmental and budget requirements of the project. From there the total capital investment for the project can be determined accurately and with the peace of mind that all considerations have been addressed thoroughly.

Tips On Starting A Microbrewery

Starting a microbrewery or beer business can be an unforgiving business however here are some tips to help you navigate your way through the obstacles: