Southbound and Hopping
Principals of Knoxville’s (Tenn.) newly established Elst Brewing Co. — founded in 2017 to “create fine beers that speak to people with an obsession for beer” ― believe the brewhouse is the heart of a brewery. So when they considered which company to enlist to get the exciting enterprise off the ground they quite fittingly selected the equivalent of the heart surgeons of the brewery world ― Ridgeway, Va.-based Smart Machine Technologies’ (SMT) Brewery Solutions.
“We chose SMT because of their ability to work with us on custom specs for the brewhouse and they are located close by,” Elst, which means sanctuary, recently shared on its website (elst.beer). “The brewhouse is being manufactured to fit the best layout for our space. Our mash tun will give us the flexibility to mash at different temperatures throughout the mashing process. This is a technique that is used in traditional Belgian brewing and we feel that it is an important feature for the brewhouse.”