George Wright Brewery order CBMS line
Following a visit to the SIBA BeerX Exhibition & Conference in March 2013, Keith Wright, the Owner and Head Brewer of George Wright Brewing Company, based in Rainford, near St Helens, Lancashire, visited the stand of CBMS as he was in the market for a new bottling line for his award winning beers.
The George Wright Brewing Company has grown significantly since it was established in 2003, originally producing ales using a 2½-barrel system. Within six months this was too small and brewing capacity was doubled but this investment again was not enough to keep up with demand and the decision was taken to go for a new brewery.
The new brewery is now computer controlled, with a brew capacity of 25 barrels, which is sited in a 70,000 sq ft building. The whole brewing process has been designed to ensure the highest quality standards.
As the brands grew ever more popular in the on trade and outside events, Keith was asked by customers if their favourite brews could be sold in bottles for home consumption, which is why he visited the SIBA BeerX show.
Richard Portman, Sales Director of CBMS said, “This was the first time we have exhibited our Chinese manufactured bottling equipment at any UK exhibition, and the reaction from visitors to our stand was very encouraging.”
Keith Wright commented, ”I have to be honest and say I was not all that hopeful of being able to find at the show exactly what I wanted for the sort of budget I had in mind. However, I was immediately impressed with the high quality equipment for beer & cider bottling that CBMS showed me. The equipment utilises the best of European design technologies and is manufactured to CBMS own design criteria at their manufacturing facilities in China.
An equally important factor in my decision was that the CBMS staff have many years experience of the bottling industry and in addition have UK based installation/ service technicians and extensive UK based Spare Parts stockholding.
I had no hesitation in placing the order for the line, which was supplied at an unbelievable price and certainly at considerable savings over any alternative European based supplier. I knew that having made considerable savings on my initial investment in the bottling equipment, I would be able to offer the most competitive rates for bottling not only my own range of beers, but also offering a contract bottling service to other small brewers.
I know this investment will be of a great benefit to my business.”
The line consists of a bottle accumulation table and infeed conveyor, a 6:6:1 rinser, filler, crowner bloc, outfeed conveyors and a packing station.
The filler bloc is equipped with double pre-evacuation and CBMS have also supplied a beer carbonator manufactured in 316 St.St.
A linear labeller, which will apply self-adhesive labels, has subsequently been supplied by Makro Labelling. The MAK Line Duo machine features a single labelling station and special ‘rolling label application’ which has the capability to apply front and back labels or single body wraparound label dress. The line will operate at 600 b.p.h.
The line is being installed in January 2014 and its first task will be to bottle three products, Cheeky Pheasant 4.7%, Pure Blonde 5.1% and Pipedream 4.3% and a special run of 1300 bottles from one of the fourteen products currently being brewed at St Helens, with contract bottling capability coming on stream soon.