Breweries can vary enormously in size, from the smallest microbrewery to the largest multinational brewing corporation. The diversity of processes is likewise diverse, being largely dependent on the type of beer produced and the degree of automation desired.
For example, a larger brewery is more likely to be composed of distinct sections such that each is dedicated to a specific phase of the brewing process.
At the other extreme, a microbrewery is more likely to consist of a single room, where the entire brewing process is performed.
Despite the great difference in size, however, much of the brewing process has remained essentially unchanged, as it’s dictated by relatively simple biochemical processes.
A microbrewery, or craft brewery, is typically owned independently and much smaller than the corporate breweries that produce most of the beer appearing in bars and retail shelves.
However, this distinction has become blurred in recent years as major brewers have created some very large “craft breweries.” [Read more…]