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The Five Points Brewing Co - ABE LinCan canning line

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The Five Points Brewing Company

The Five Points Brewing Co in Hackney, London is a progressive brewery in more ways than one [5, in fact!]:

  • Their range of bold, flavourful and award winning beers is unfiltered and unpasteurised
  • They focus their expertise and energy on their core range of 6 successful beers, acclaimed for being “consistently superb”
  • They sell in multiple formats (keg, cask, bottles and cans)
  • They organise The London Brewers’ Market, a regular showcase of independent breweries from across London
  • They strongly believe in supporting their local community through a variety of different ways, including being a Living Wage employer, offering apprenticeship schemes for trainee brewers, and supporting local charities, and community groups

The company was founded by Edward Mason (also the owner) and Greg Hobbs (Head Brewer), and is now made up of a skilled and committed team of 25 staff. Five Points Pale Ale was voted the Best UK Cask Beer by Matthew Curtis, Beer Writer. Their beers are available across London and further afield, including by export to Europe.

The Requirement

Canning at The Five Points Brewing Co used to be outsourced to a mobile contract canning company but Ed and Greg wanted to bring it in-house.

The Solution

Vigo supplied, installed and commissioned an American Beer Equipment (ABE) LinCan™ canning line, which fills at a rate of 60 cans per minute, and all associated conveyoring and pipework. The canning line includes a twist rinser, 7 head filling station, seamer, rinser, airblower and packing table. To minimise oxygen pickup there is a CO2 purge, a fob pulse and under-lid CO2 jet. An ink jet printer for date coding was also supplied.

Feedback

Ed provided the following feedback:

Why did you want to bring the canning operation in-house? 'Oversight and control of all parts of the brewing and packaging process is really important to us - our mobile canning company were great, really professional and we were happy with the results, however ultimately there is no substitute for having 100% control over the process yourself. And of course, if you can own your own machine, without having to pay for a 3rd-party service, then there is more margin to reinvest in your team and in improving quality.'

What were the deciding factors behind choosing Vigo to supply the canning line? 'Vigo have a great reputation in the industry and we had used them for previous projects, including the installation of our own bottling line. We have always been impressed with their professionalism and service standards, and the fact that they are based in the UK, with a team of full time UK-based engineers, made it an easy choice to make.'

What do you think of the canning line? 'We’re really happy with it, it has been reliable and straightforward to use, and for the size and cost it has an impressive output.'

What do you think of the service Vigo have given, including the installation? 'We would not hesitate to recommend Vigo to other independent breweries looking for a canning (or bottling!) line, and we would happily use Vigo again.'

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