The key parts of our brewery equipment are a hot liquor tank, mash tun, copper and fermentation vessels. This is all the shiny, stainless steel vessels you see when you step in to the brewery. In 2021 we added a brewhouse auger to the day-to-day kit and what a difference it has made! Breweries describe their scale in terms of how much beer each batch produces. We’re a 10 barrel brewery meaning we brew 2880 pints in every batch or gyle.
In addition there is the Cygnet brewery. This 360 pint brewery is used for beer recipe development and small batches of special ales. We’ve brewed bespoke recipes for single pubs, military regiments and local businesses.
Half of the brewery is given over to the wet activities of mashing, boiling, fermenting and racking. For every pint of Swan Brewery ale, around 4 pints of water are used in the production, hence good drainage is essential. We keep the area hygienic through good production practices, helped by a flooring of epoxy resin and walls finished with antimicrobial paint.
The rest of the microbrewery is given over to storage of raw materials, our cask store and our loading area.
You’ll find the brewery at Unit 17 on Brunel Road on the Enterprise Park in Leominster. That’s the set of workshops tucked in near to the police station. We’re really pleased we’ve been able to establish the brewery in Leominster; it’s a great town and community.