Who is allowed to install and run a pub brewery?
This question has to be answered for each country individually, due to the fact that laws and provisions vary from state to state. In general most member countries of the EU or the WTO allow an installation and operation of a pub brewery without special governmental approvals. However, certain deviating regulations may have to be minded.
In most other countries hotels and restaurants are allowed to run a pub brewery based on an individual governmental approval.
Who is able to brew?
Brewing is a relatively simple process that can be learned easily. However, reliability, cleanliness and the ability to operate a PC are needed preconditions for brewing. You and your personnel don’t necessary have to be a brew masters right from the beginning. With the help of our training and our brewery management software we are able to support your learning process and show you how to become an outstanding brewer.
With today's modern technology it is easy to produce and reproduce premium beers successfully. For bigger brewery capacities (higher than 1000 litres/brew) we do however recommend to employ a professional brew master.
How often and how much is being brewed?
Completing one brew takes about eight hours, therefore up to three brews per day (divided in to three shifts) would be possible. In case of high labour cost you should consider getting a larger brewhouse capacity to brew two to four times a week in larger quantities.
In a country with lower labour cost brewing up to six times per week in two shifts is easily doable.
To get an orientation about the amount of beer you could produce, we have set up an easy calculation: quantity per week = number of brews x brewhouse capacity.
Of course the produced amount of beer has to be oriented towards the number of available fermenting tanks. Please note, that bottom fermented beers (i.e. lager or Pilsner) need to stay in tanks for about four weeks before being sold, which means reduction of annual capacity, whereas top fermented beers (i.e. ales, stout, or wheat beers) only require half as much time.
What kinds of beer?
With the help of our recipes you are capable of brewing almost any kind of beer. However it is not possible to create exact copies of existing beers (due to certain deviations like water, raw materials, filtering, pasteurization etc.) A pub brewery however intends to create and produce its own unique taste, adapted to the customer's wishes anyways.
With growing experience you will be able to create your own beers and recipes without having to stick to ours.
Unfiltered beers can be stored for several months without spoiling. Filtered beers have a shorter storability.
Producing low alcohol beers are rather complicated to produce for a microbrewery, therefore we wold not recommend doing so. The usual alcohol content of four to five percent is an additional safety to guarantee a good storability. Producing stronger beers is no problem.
Non-alcoholic beer cannot be produced in small quantities in a feasible way - as per today's technical possibilities.
Which approvals are necessary?
Today's microbrewery projects are normally handled professionally by authorities, with a positive approach in most countries.
For detailed information, please get in touch with your town's mayor's office.
In any case a written application to the local authorities of your hometown will be necessary. Usually this process is followed by discussions about technical, environmental, safety and hygienic standards, as well as tax questions.
We will support you during this process as far as possible.
Later on it might be necessary to:
- Produce brewing protocols continuously - no problem with our "Brewmanager" software
Arrange safety checks by a local technical security company
Have the beer tested in an authorized food lab
Pay the imposed taxes (i.e. beer tax in some countries)
HOW DO I PRESENT MY BREWERY SUCCESSFULLY?
Show the brewery - don't hide it!
Perform brewing activities in the presence of your guest and let them participate.
Integrate the brewery into your interior. The right selection of materials (i.e. copper, stainless steel, brass, wood, black steel etc.) does a lot to make your brewery seem more inviting.
Represent a brewery by showing that you and your staff are dressed accordingly. Develop your own logo, own beer names and own coasters and glasses.
Match the menu to your beers and think about offering dishes containing beer.
Why do FLECKS beers taste so exceptionally full bodied?
The secret behind the full bodied taste of our craft beers is our unique FLECKS mash technology.
What is the advantage of running a family business?
When your family is involved in your brewing business, factors such as continuity and reliability are likely to be higher than in any “normal” company. Furthermore developing innovations becomes much easier and plans can be realized a lot faster. Especially when it comes to customer relations, it can be easier for a family business to act flexible and orientate marketing towards the needs of the target group.
What are the advantages of investing in a FLECKS brewery?
We continually keep our technology up to date and offer fully automated systems, which assure a constantly high level of quality and reduce production costs. Furthermore FLECKS breweries are known for their aesthetic design and perfect manual quality.
Our technology is easy to handle and even enables beginners to brew outstanding craft beers.
Additionally we offer an optimally support service which includes planning, assembly, training, beer recipes and online supervision.
How long does such a project take?
Beginning with you ordering your brewery, up until the opening of the finished project, the estimated time required is about four to six months.
Why do you offer a price list?
We understand that customers want to realistically estimate the costs of their projects. Therefore we offer our regularly updated price list to give you an insight on the pricing of our products.