planning your brewery

 

 

Grain and Grape has supplied complete systems and advice for over 30 new Breweries around Australia.

We’re able to draw on this extensive experience backed up by Speidel, Germany to provide you with all the help you need to plan and launch your commercial brewery.

Whether you're an experienced homebrewer, an established pro brewer or someone who has never made beer before Grain and Grape is here to help you build a profitable business in brewing.

These Pro Brewing pages will provide an overview of how our customers have built their brewing businesses and why they’ve chosen Grain and Grape and the Speidel Braumeister.

So let’s get going !

 

 

Ironbark Hill Brewery

What type of Brewing Business Works ?

There are several proven ways of building a commercial brewing business. Here’s what’s proven to be profitable using a Braumeister 50, 200 or 500.

We’ve provided a brief overview of each type of business, the overall numbers and examples of  working breweries that you can chat with or visit!

Brewery tap house - brew multiple kegs at a time and serve direct to public.

Inner North Brewing

If you wish to make a living from being a brewery owner then the brewery tap house is a well proven business model and our most popular type of Braumeister commercial customer.

A typical brewery tap house is focused on selling beer direct to the public and has no in-house kitchen to reduce setup costs.

Very limited food is usually provided to keep happy customers onsite either by partnering with nearby take aways (eg https://www.facebook.com/Innernorthbeer/ ) or a visiting food van or a behind the bar pizza oven ( eg https://www.facebook.com/WestsideAleWorks/ ) or similar micro kitchen.

Most sales retail margins are at full keg value (typically ~$900 /Keg revenue) and because multiple kegs are produced at a time, labour costs per keg are significantly lower than for a Nano brewery. This means that with a careful site selection the initial investment does not need to be massive to build a profitable business within typically 6-8 Months from signing a site lease.

Startup costs

Typically around $80-$120K all up including Braumeister 200 or 500 with 2 x Speidel 625L stainless glycol temperature controlled pressure fermenters, glycol chiller, kegs and beer serving equipment. 

Equipment setup and processes:

Wort production - Braumeister 200, 500 or 1000

Fermentation - Speidel 625L conical pressure fermenters or lower costs Speidel 330L dished fermenters.

Fermenter temperature control - Kreyer Chilly Max glycol chiller with Kreyer Fermflex for tank individual tank control.

Example customers!  Braumeister Breweries (Tap house/Brewpub)

https://www.facebook.com/Innernorthbeer/

https://www.facebook.com/WestsideAleWorks/

Westside Aleworks

Brewery Restaurant / Cafe / Brewpub - Food and Beer service (Have kitchen)

If you’re into food and beer and want to provide a great sit down food and beer experience then a set up from the Brewery Taproom is the Brewpub, or Brewery Restaurant.

This type of business requires more capital investment as a commercial kitchen is required and of course requires more labour with food as well as beer is produced and served onsite.

Our customers have established great businesses with focussed menus such as snacks and pizza ( eg https://www.bojakbrewing.com.au/menu ) to full restaurant menus (eg https://www.copperheadbrewery.com.au/menu-1) or something in between (eg https://www.sheppartonbrewery.com.au/menu)

Sales retail margins are at full keg value (typically ~$900 /Keg revenue) and because multiple kegs are produced at a time, labour costs per keg are significantly lower than for a Nano brewery.  Initial investment above the brewery taproom will depend on the scale of kitchen and level of service offered and is usually at least double that of a brewery taproom only, so careful planning is required.

Startup costs 

For the brewery component, typically around $80-$140K all up including Braumeister 200 or 500 with 2-4 x Speidel 625L stainless glycol temperature controlled pressure fermenters, glycol chiller, kegs and beer serving equipment. 

Add to this the kitchen and food service part of the business which doubles the required investment at least.

Equipment setup and processes:

Wort production - Braumeister 200, 500 or 1000

Fermentation - Speidel 625L conical pressure fermenters or lower costs Speidel 330L dished fermenters.

Fermenter temperature control - Kreyer Chilly Max glycol chiller with Kreyer Fermflex for tank individual tank control.

Example customers!  Braumeister Breweries (Restaurants / Brewpubs)

https://www.copperheadbrewery.com.au/gallery

https://www.facebook.com/sheppartonbrewery/

https://www.facebook.com/bojakbrewing/

https://www.facebook.com/captainblighs/

left: Shepparton Brewery, center: Bojak Brewing, right: Copperhead Brewery

Production Brewery - packaging and selling beer offsite

If you just want to make great beer and distribute to as many customers as widely as possible, then consider packaging beer as part of your business. Grain and Grape has quite a few breweries packing beer in bottles and cans as part of a Brewery Taphouse or Brewpub business, and a smaller number doing production only.

Producing, packaging and marketing beer to be sold offsite to other retail distribution requires a good investment in bottling or canning equipment and very significant effort to sell and distribute this packaged beer. Medium and large breweries do this very well and at lower costs than most small brewers are able to. 

That’s why packaged beer for small breweries is most often done in conjunction with a taproom or brewpub business where packaged beer can be sold onsite for full retail margins to visiting brewpub customers, instead of at reduce wholesale margins to a beer distributor or retailer.

We do have a handful of regional production-only Braumeister breweries though such as https://www.ozhoney.com.au/brands/taverners-boutique-brewery/. 

A good example of a combined brewpub and production brewery is IronBark Hill Brewhouse, which is a winery, brewery and hospitality venue with a significant investment also in beer canning equipment.

Startup costs

Typically around $120-$160K including Braumeister 500 or 1000 with several  Speidel stainless glycol temperature controlled pressure fermenters, glycol chiller, kegs and beer serving equipment. Add to this the beer bottling or canning line which may double this investment.

Equipment setup and processes:

Wort production - Braumeister 500 or 1000

Fermentation - Speidel 625L and 1200L conical pressure fermenters.

Fermenter temperature control - Kreyer Chilly Max or Kreyer Quantor glycol chiller with Kreyer Fermflex for tank individual tank control.

Example customers:

https://www.facebook.com/IBHBrewhouse/ - Winery, production brewery and hospitality venue

https://www.facebook.com/bojakbrewing/ - Brewpub with onsite packaging in cans.

https://www.ozhoney.com.au/brands/taverners-boutique-brewery/ - Regional production only brewery.

IronBark Hill Brewery

Nano Brewery - Brewing one or two 50L kegs at a time!

If you have the outlet to serve and sell beer direct to the public by the glass, then you can generate profits by brewing single 50L batches as part of a retail business (eg cafe, small bar or restaurant)  Although the labour required to brew 5 kegs is approximately the same as brewing one keg, if you’re selling by the glass this type of business has shown still to be profitable.

Left: Purple Mango Brewery, Right: Air Raid Tavern

Revenue 

Sell all beer at full retail value ~$900 /Keg

Startup costs

Typically around $10K all up including Braumeister 50 with 2 x Speidel 60L stainless glycol temperature controlled conical fermenters, glycol chiller, kegs and beer serving equipment.

Equipment setup and processes:

Wort production - Braumeister 50 Plus

Fermentation - Speidel 60L conical fermenters or plastic homebrew fermenters with an

Fermenter temperature control - Icemaster G40 0.7Kw glycol chiller (for Speidel stainless fermenters) or a fridge or coolroom.

A Nano brewery setup is just like a large hombrew system but usually using all stainless high quality equipment designed for continuous use. Wort is produced in a Braumeister 50 so that full 50L kegs can be produced for every batch. Conditioned clear beer is kegged directly from the stainless fermenters then carbonated in the keg.

Example Nano brewery commercial customers:

https://www.facebook.com/chapelcafe/

https://pomonalestate.com.au/about-us/

left: Chapel Cafe, right: Pomonal Estate

Both these breweries use the Braumeister 50 brewhouse and with Speidel 60L conical fermenters (glycol temperature controlled) or lower cost plastic fermenters.

Why the Braumeister 50?

Professional brewers regularly tell us that using the Braumeister 50 produces very consistent batches time after time. It can store 10 different mash profiles allowing recipes to be precisely controlled using the best automated multi step mash. It also enables you to accurately produce pilot batches which can be easily scaled up to a Braumeister 200, 500 or 1000 batch size.

 

Other business models that work!

Accommodation / Brewery

Very good beer margins - sell all beer direct to live in customers!

Example customers!  Braumeister Breweries (Accommodation)

https://www.facebook.com/sowandpiglets/