Brick Lane Brewery has opened a brewery in Dandenong, which will also offer smaller brewers the opportunity to use its facilities to create their own beers.
Under head brewer Jon Selton – who previously worked at Bright Brewery and Hawkers Beer – the brewhouse is the first in Australia to adopt new crossflow filtration technology from Pall, which is expected to reduce energy and water usage, improve beer quality and eliminate the need to use filtration aids like diatomaceous earth. The brewery has also incorporated an efficient vapour condenser, which reclaims energy from steam produced during the brewing process.
Using this and new equipment from BrauKon, brewers at the new facility will be able to produce the equivalent of over 100,000 pints of beer each day. Brick Lane will employ 60 workers at the brewhouse, producing 10,000 bottles and 15,000 cans per hour.
“We wanted to give breweries the opportunity to bring their wonderful beers to a wider national and international audience,” says Seltin. “We are excited about working with some of the wonderful, talented and creative brewers out there to get more of their beers out there into the world.
“Our main brewing partner BrauKon has provided us with some really innovative brewing and process equipment. Brewhouse automation frees up our brewers to focus on the creative process to produce really interesting, quality beers.”
The brewhouse will be open to the public initially one weekend each month.
“Bringing the brewery to Dandenong has allowed us the space and freedom to build a world- class, independent brewery from the ground up,” says founder and managing director Paul Bowker. “We have a strong focus on the local community and we are working closely with businesses in the area. We’ll be opening a tap room to the public and we also have space to host some great events and festivals at the brewery.”