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The Wild Beer Co - CIMEC automatic bottling line

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About Wild Beer Co

The Wild Beer Co, based in Somerset, produce an eclectic mix of wild beers using a number of yeast strains and barrel-ageing techniques.

Wild Beer Co's Bottling Requirement

Their business expanded rapidly and within a couple of years of starting up they needed to expand their bottling capacity, and gained support from the Rural Development Programme for England. Their bottling requirements were to rinse, fill and crown cap at 1,500 bottles per hour.

The Solution

Vigo supplied, installed and commissioned a bottling line, consisting of a Cimec America DPS 9/8/1 C automatic bottling, filling & capping machine..

Feedback

Andrew Cooper, co-founder of Wild Beer, provided the following feedback:

Why did you choose Vigo? 'We were impressed with the level of service that Vigo could offer with the machine. It made them stand head and shoulders above the competition. They received some glowing references from both beer and cider makers that we spoke to and were relatively local to us.'

How satisfied are you with the equipment and service supplied? 'So far, so good! We have been impressed with the level of training we received, the quality of the installation and the help making sure the machine was installed safely and professionally. We have recommended Vigo to other breweries on the back of the service we have enjoyed.'

What positive impact has the equipment had on your business in general? 'The new bottling line has changed the game for us. We are now trying to get other parts of our business to the quality of the bottling. It has raised the standards in our business and is helping us significantly grow our business.'

To read more feedback about the production line see Wild Beer's 'New Bottling Line' feature on their website.

The Wild Beer Co Brand

The Wild Beer Co began with co-founders Andrew Cooper and Brett Ellis tasting an American wild ale brewed by Jolly Pumpkin in Michigan, and wishing they could source similar beers in the UK. A visit to the Great British Beer Festival followed and a plan was made to brew barrel-aged beers with wild yeast. Production began in 2012 at the Wild Beer brewery near Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

Wild Beer now produce an eclectic mix of wild beers using a number of yeast strains and barrel-ageing techniques, and a range of innovative ingredients including coffee, apricots and cucumber. The beers were so popular that business grew rapidly.

Their bottling project was supported by the Rural Development Programme for England, for which Defra is the Managing Authority, part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in Rural areas. It has been grant funded through the REG Programme delivered by Devon County Council on behalf of the Heart of the South-West Local Enterprise Partnership.

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