The United States alcoholic beverage industry is a $200 billion+ market, and has experienced steady growth over the last ten years. Small premium brands make up one of the fastest growing segments in the industry.
What Kind of Equipment Is Needed for Specialty Beverages?
Custom Facilities Require Custom Equipment
Repurposing an old warehouse, factory or historic urban building is a common theme among breweries, wineries, distilleries, cideries, and meaderies. All across the country, these specialty alcoholic beverage businesses are finding unique and interesting spaces that, in many ways, mirror the interesting and unique beverages these companies are bringing to market.
Commercial Winemaking Equipment
Winemaking has come a long way since the first wild grapes were made into wine around 6000 B.C. While we have a great appreciation for wineries that still use traditional processes, scalability is a challenge. Many commercial wineries turn to large-scale equipment and automation to help increase production and meet demand. However, you don’t necessarily have to sacrifice quality when ramping up production. It is possible to make a good tasting wine on a mass produced scale.
Equipment for Distilling Spirits
The type of distilling equipment you will need depends largely on:
- Your budget
- Space you have available
- Type of spirits you’re distilling
- Size of each batch
- Level of overall production you hope to achieve
Stainless steel and copper are the two metals most commonly used to build distillery equipment. Both are acceptable options; however, each has its own advantages and disadvantages.