In order to get you up to speed and ensure your success as a brewery owner, let’s take a look at the 5 things every brewery needs to succeed.
1. Proper Flooring
A brewery floor needs to be made of some really tough stuff to handle the daily rigors of brewery life. Your flooring should be made of a material that is non-porous and has no cracks or gaps in it. It also needs to have antibacterial properties, be chemical resistant, have a relatively low environmental impact, and function well in wet and dry conditions.
Some of the best options for brewery flooring include urethane, metallic epoxy, epoxy, or methyl methacrylate. Each of these types of flooring posses all the qualities needed to thrive in your brewery.
2. Sanitary Drainage System
Having the right flooring is just the first step, you’ll also need a sufficient sanitary drainage system. There are a few different brewery floor drains you could use, like spot-drains, grated trench-drains, or slot drains. Your best bet here is to go with a slot drainage system. Slots drains are superior to other types of drains in almost every way and they’ll save you a lot of money in cleaning costs too.
Spills and free-flowing liquid are common occurrences in a brewery, making the need for a safe drain paramount to the health and safety of your employees. Slot drains are just long, thin lines in the ground which water can be pushed into easily. They don’t have heavy, hard to clean grates and they don’t require dangerous sloping for them to work. Slot drains are also able to handle heavy foot traffic and can be driven over by machines and equipment without issue. They pose no tripping hazard and manage to stay far cleaner than other drains, thanks to their stainless steel, sooth design.
3. Experienced Brewers
When it comes to actually brewing your product, you don’t want to cut costs on your brewers. A good team of brewers can make or break a brewery and can mean the difference between a slew of negative reviews online, or high praise and an influx of new customers. Look for brewers with as much experience as possible. You want them to have a good track record and not be experimenting on the job, learning as they go.
4. Knowledgeable Employees
In addition to experienced brewers, you also want regular employees who are extremely passionate about your product. Craft beer aficionados are a very particular bunch, often inquiring about the ingredients in your product, how it was made, and other specific details. If you don’t have employees who can enthusiastically fill them in on every detail, they might just move on to the next brewery.
5. Be Ready for the Bureaucratic Aspect
Brewing requires a number of permits, paperwork, and other qualifications that need to be met before you can start brewing. Sometimes these things can take a long time to be finalized and while you’re waiting, unexpected costs can pop up. Check the local brewery wastewater regulations in your area so you can make sure everything is up to code before you begin.
It Takes a Team to Run a Good Brewery
Once you have all the permits and paperwork taken care of as well as the proper flooring and drainage installed in your brewery, you can begin building your team. Remember to choose flooring that possesses all the qualities needed for a brewery, and a drainage system that’s clean and out-of-the-way like slot drains.
Make sure your brewers are experienced professionals so your product will rival other breweries in the area, and hire some employees with a passion and deep knowledge of all your brews, so they can pass that infectious energy onto the customer, encouraging positive reviews and increased business. With all of these pieces in place, you should have no trouble running the brewery of your dreams!