UK beer maker launches contract brewing service after £2m investment

By William Dodds

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The brewer has installed a new CFT canning line. Credit: Freedom Brewery
The brewer has installed a new CFT canning line. Credit: Freedom Brewery

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Freedom Brewery has launched a new contract brewing service after bolstering its production facilities.

The brewer has invested more than £2m in its infrastructure, which will allow it to offer its industry experience to other beer makers to brew, bottle, can and keg beers in multiple volumes.

The money was put towards the installation a new CFT canning line, capable of operating at a rate of 15,000 cans per hour, before printing or labelling the cans and packing them into trays or multi-packs.

Meanwhile, its new keg washing and filling machine can support with filling 30L and 50L kegs for beer makers looking to supply pubs and restaurants.

As an independent business, Freedom Brewery can create a wide variety of beer styles, from lager to IPA at a minimum of 5,000-litre brews. The business is also offering an option to combine experiences and develop new recipes.

Freedom Brewery utilises Kieselguhr filtration to ensure beers are free from animal products and is Vegan Society Certified, while it uses natural spring water from a bore hole on site, thermal fluid heating to reduce energy consumption by 30% and reed bed filtration to naturally clean wastewater.

‘Able to take care of every aspect of the brew’

Commenting on the launch of the contract brewing service, the firm’s managing director Matthew Willson said: “Contract brewing has been a staple of this industry for a long-time and we felt this was an area in which we could provide strong value to the market.

“Investment in new equipment, infrastructure, and workforce to grow your business can be costly, time-consuming and a real barrier to growth and what’s where we’re in a fortunate position to support.

“We’re able to take care of every aspect of your brew, from raw ingredients to the finished product, and the new canning line enables an incredibly efficient method to get from production to packaging so products can be put into market faster to help your bottom line.”

Founded in 1995, Freedom Brewery utilises long, cold fermentation over 14 days, and long, slow maturation over a minimum of four weeks, to produce beer that is full bodied and naturally carbonated, while also refreshingly crisp and drinkable.

In other news, Diageo is reportedly eyeing the sale of Pimm’s and two other brands from its portfolio.

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