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Siren Craft Brew - CIMEC automatic bottling line

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About Siren Craft Brew

SIBA Craft Beer award winners, Siren Craft Brew, was founded by Darron Anley in December 2012. The brewery is based in 3 industrial units in Finchampstead, near Reading.

Siren Craft Brew's Bottling Requirement

The aim of Siren’s April 2014 expansion project was to increase their capacity by nearly 80% to 90,000 pints per month. The objective throughout was to uphold their high standards of production.

Siren’s bottling had either been outsourced or hand bottled. As a result, they felt that the ‘[product] quality had suffered during this time’.

As part of the expansion project, Darron approached us with a requirement for a bottling line which would not only enable them to bottle in-house at a rate of 1500 bottles per hour, but would also to minimise oxygen pick up ‘in order to increase shelf life and [the] fresh taste for a lot longer’. An in-line labelling machine was also required to apply clear front, back and neck labels to the bottles.

The Solution

To meet their requirement , Vigo supplied bottling line, consisting of a CIMEC America DPS 12/12/1C automatic rinsing, filling & crown capping machine to fill at a rate of 2000 bottles per hour, and an S3T6/RI automatic in-line labelling machine and all associated conveyoring. The line was installed and commissioned by Vigo’s multi-skilled team of engineers.

Feedback

Darron, gave the following feedback:

'We chose Vigo as they have a great reputation in the brewing industry, not only for only supplying the best quality equipment but also to put their money where their mouth is in terms of service and backup. We didn’t want to buy a patchwork set of equipment that we would be constantly troubleshooting with various manufacturers as to whose bit of kit the problem resided with.

The filling line has lived up to expectations and does a great job. It is reliable and has given us a huge improvement in dissolved oxygen levels.

The demand of our bottle product has continued to rise and rise. Quite frankly without this investment we would never have been able to keep up, but the real benefit has been the overall improvement in the quality of our product going out to customers.

The Siren Craft Brew Brand

Brewing began in February 2013 using their 35 bbls brewhouse and by June 2013 they had expanded their premises to two units to enable them to experiment with barrel aging. Further expansion was required in April 2014 and a third unit was acquired to facilitate this. To complete the brewery, Siren Craft Brew started work on a new Tap Room, which was launched in August 2014 with a party on International IPA day.

Named after the Sirens of Greek mythology, who lured sailors with enchanting songs to shipwreck on the rocks, the Siren Craft Brew brand does not fail to beckon. From a breakfast stout made using an Ethiopian coffee called Negelle Gorbitu supplied by artisan coffee roasters Origin to a citrusy Lemoncello IPA, their brews are ideal for those who love to be challenged.

Siren Craft Brew’s beer portfolio demonstrates that the brand is not afraid of pushing the boundaries. In 2013 the Nordic Food Lab commissioning them to create a beer steeped in insects for a mobile arts festival called ‘Pestival’. Meal worms were the chosen insects and Siren named their 50 litre brew ‘Wormhole’, which was served at the festival to promote the deliciousness of insects. Other collaborative projects include their Rainbow IPA Challenge, where Siren Craft Brew invited some of the best breweries in the UK to make an IPA inspired by one of the colours of the rainbow, and a triple IPA called ‘The Tickle Monster’ made in collaboration with Danish craft brewery TO øL.

Their red IPA, Liquid Mistress, was awarded Gold in the SIBA South Region Craft Beer in Keg Competition in 2014.

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