The Five Points Brewing Company Announces Expansion
The Five Points Brewing Company in Hackney, East London has announced expansion plans which will see their annual production capacity doubled from 2,750 barrels (4,500 Hectolitres) to 5,500 barrels (9,000 HL) a year.
The Five Points are investing in a new 20BBL brewhouse from Olympus Automation (now trading as OAL Group) in Peterborough. The new brewhouse and fermentation capacity will be delivered and installed at Five Points’ existing site in a Victorian railway arch in East London in February 2015.
OAL Group have recently supplied and installed new brewhouses at UK breweries including Burning Sky, Beavertown and Exmoor, with Magic Rock the next project in the pipeline.
The Five Points Brewing Company is an independent craft brewery, founded in March 2013 by Managing Director & Owner Ed Mason and Head Brewer Greg Hobbs. Originally launching with a 10BBL brewhouse and 40BBL of fermentation capacity, they have grown rapidly over the past two years, increasing fermentation tank capacity threefold, while they now employ 8 full time staff, and 4 part timers.
Owner Ed Mason said “We’ve been bowled over by demand for our beers, not just in London but increasingly nationwide and now in Europe. We’ve recently reached capacity again with a waiting list of new customers, so we are excited to be working with Olympus to double capacity to meet this demand”.
The Five Points made headlines 12 months ago when they became the first brewery to be an officially accredited Living Wage Employer. The brewery additionally sources their energy from 100% renewable sources and in 2014 established a Brewing Apprenticeship programme with Hackney Community College.
Their existing 10BBL brewhouse and fermenters have been sold to neighbouring East London brewery Signature Brew, who recently launched a fund raising drive on the investment platform Crowdcube to help fund their own expansion – https:// www.crowdcube.com/investment/signature-brew-17434.