Handcrafted Drainage for Craft Beer Brewer

October 2014

The Project

When craft beer brewer BrewDog wanted to increase the size of its brewery, ACO Building Drainage was chosen to provide an engineered hygienic drainage system.

Based in Ellon in Aberdeenshire, BrewDog was set up in 2007 by co-founders Martin Dickie and James Watt who, to use their words, "were bored of the industrially brewed lagers and stuffy ales that dominated the UK market." Now brewing more than 90,000 hl of beer per year and continuing to experience rapid sales growth, BrewDog commissioned a new warehouse to enable it to expand its production capacity and create an on-site visitor centre and bar.

The Brief

ACO Building Drainage was approached by the contractor to design, manufacture and oversee installation of a complex new drainage system which could deal with high loads as well as high flow.

The Solution

The ACO Building Drainage team designed engineered channel sections with complex falls to meet BrewDog's specific requirements. All products were manufactured in stainless steel and, as with all ACO Building Drainage products, were fully pickle passivated as standard to ensure corrosion resistant joints and an estimated product life of at least 50 years.

"ACO Building Drainage was appointed because of their hygienic drainage expertise. We needed to find a drainage provider which could design a system to meet our specific requirements and, to optimise hygiene, manufacture products in high grade stainless steel.

"ACO developed the perfect drainage solution for our business. They have the same passion for delivering high performance drainage that we have for craft beer. Their team was extremely responsive, fully understood our needs and developed an excellent system design. They also delivered high quality products on time and on budget."