POW! Game on. 3 new shiny fermenting vessels have landed in the brewery; doubling production capability overnight!
We’ve been producing beer now for a little under two years and it’s been an incredible journey! With each week since launching a new friendship has developed, a new opportunity risen and a new North Brewing fan born. The last few months have been brilliant fun, if a little exhausting. We now blaze through the close of the 2017 beer festival season in remarkable style with Craft Beer Calling at the spectacular Wylam Brewery and Dark City at our neighbours Northern Monk. As we do so, we’re setting our sights on a host of exciting plans for 2018.
In recent months we’ve had difficulty keeping up with demand, a great problem to have you might say but we hate not being able to fulfil orders or disappointing customers. The result of the new kit is we can brew every day of the week, more than doubling production capacity. This means we can have fun doing what we set out to do, playing with interesting flavour and aroma combinations without being restrained by the success of our core range. This will result in more specials whilst still producing more in quantity of your favourites such as Sputnik, Herzog and Transmission (Best IPA 2017 in the Imbibe Awards).
Our FV delivery day was hectic and not without its hiccups. 16 weeks after ordering our three, custom built FVs, we’d been awaiting their arrival with baited breath. A backlog at Felixstowe due to the storms in the Caribbean led to further delays, on Friday 6th October we welcomed two containers hosting our shiny new vessels. As the fitters crow-barred open the containers, and the sun poured in onto the beautiful, gleaming FVs, Seb leaned in and said in a slightly worried, hushed tone, “They’re not what we ordered”.
Insert face with no mouth emoji.
Apparently in transporting our new FVs from the shipping port two different truck drivers carrying similar loads had, in their infinite wisdom, decided to swap routes. In the warm sunshine we stared into a shipping container at two 50hl (30bbl) fermenting vessels, (that we needed to install that day), that weren’t ours. Gulp.
Thankfully, a few phone calls later and our vessels were found, elsewhere in the country. A few hours later and more than our fair share of coffee the right lorry with the right load turned up and the installation began. Two forklift trucks and what could best be described as a conductor orchestrated the unloading and installation of our three, 14ft tall fermenting vessels with skill and precision. A sight to behold.
Our dear friend Ollie Harris zipped up from London to film the occasion, check out the short video below. Sheepscar has never looked so good! A few beers in our brewery tap and a vada pav in Bundobust was the perfect end to a rollercoaster day, tension, excitement, shock-horror, worry, relief, more tension, joy!
We’re happy to say we’ve already started brewing into them, and all is well.
More beer and fun times ahead!