In recent years, there has been a rise in the craft beer industry due to increased consumption. More and more people are enjoying craft beer, and many are looking to enter the industry by opening their own breweries. When starting a brewery, there are several important factors to consider, with location selection being a critical step. Today, we will discuss how to choose a site for a new brewery.
The location of a new brewery is crucial. The proximity between the factory and sales locations should be considered, as shorter distances ensure better transportation.
Additionally, it is important to assess the surrounding environment of the factory site. Avoid locations near manure factories, orchards, or toxic facilities, as these can negatively affect the brewing process. Also, stay away from areas prone to infectious diseases.
As mentioned earlier, the relationship between the factory and sales locations affects shipping costs. Transportation expenses, such as the inflow of raw materials, packaging materials, and fuel, also need to be considered. When planning the site, roads, warehouses, and cargo yards should be designed and constructed based on traffic volume.
Topography And Topography
When selecting a site for a brewery, choose a location with flat terrain that facilitates layout. The terrain should be level, with a natural slope of approximately 5/1000 for proper drainage. Additionally, consider the geology of the area to avoid mineral deposits, quicksand, silt, etc., underground. The groundwater level should be below 2.5 meters above the workshop floor elevation.
The Source Of Water
Water is essential for beer brewing. Whether it is brewing water or other water used in the factory, it is of great importance. Brewing water should meet drinking water standards at a minimum, but pure or distilled water is generally not used because of its low ion content. Craft brewing experts believe that using pure or distilled water results in beer with no character. Therefore, when selecting a brewery site, consider the water source and assess the water quality on-site. Water quality determines the water treatment equipment needed after the factory is established and significantly impacts the taste of beer. Conduct water quality testing prior to selecting the plant site, and refer to the water quality analysis report to make an informed decision.
Choosing a brewery site involves considering various factors, such as the local government’s regional economic development plan and the manufacturer’s technical and economic cost budget. However, there are general principles to follow, including making the most of topography, landforms, and geological conditions, planning transportation methods and routes strategically, and thoroughly considering the brewing water utilization plan.
Best wishes to all aspiring entrepreneurs in the craft beer industry who dream of owning their own breweries!