Utopian Brewing Select Honiton Based Company to Build Their New Devon Brewery
Utopian Brewing Limited are pleased to announce that they have signed contracts with Honiton based Vigo Limited for the supply and installation of their new 35 Hectolitre brewery. The chosen configuration is based on a 3 vessel brew house with 12 fermentation and conditioning tanks and all associated equipment. The design has scope for the addition of further conditioning vessels in the future to support annual production of over 16,000 hectolitres. The brewhouse equipment is manufactured by Vigo’s US partner American Beer Equipment (ABE).
Richard Archer co-founder and Managing Director of Utopian commented:
“Working with the Vigo team has been a very enjoyable process to date and I am very much looking forward to working closely with them over the next few months, and on into the future, as we embark on this next crucial stage of our development.”
The selection decision followed a detailed competitive tender process by the company, ably assisted by David and Rob Smith of Brewing Services.
Richard Archer went on to say:
“The decision was not a straightforward one as we received a wide range of very strong responses, another positive sign of the strength of the independent craft brewing sector, with so many high-quality UK manufacturers and suppliers to choose from.
In the end though we had to make a choice and the main factors that contributed to our selection were; the quality of the equipment, the long history of the company in beverage production, the flexibility and understanding demonstrated by the team and the quality of the reference visits during the selection process. Having the services and experience of David and Rob alongside me also proved to be a very valuable asset. As a Devon based brewery we are keen to use local suppliers wherever possible and so Vigo’s Devon base provided another bonus tick in the box.”
Vigo’s 34 years’ experience supplying production equipment to UK drink producers, enables the company to provide a comprehensive package, from initial planning through to project sign-off. Installation, commissioning and staff training is carried out by Vigo’s team of multi-skilled engineers. Ongoing technical support remains pivotal part of Vigo’s offering.
Richard Charlton, Technical Sales Advisor at Vigo explained what the Utopian project means to Vigo:
“We are delighted to have been chosen to partner with Utopian on this exciting new project. When meeting with Richard originally, we immediately bought into his concept of a craft supplier of premium lager to the market. Utopian’s site is fantastic, and will allow them the space to expand as demand inevitably increases. Devon in particular, although having some top quality craft breweries, has very little of this scale so it’s great for the region to have Utopian choosing to locate here.
Utopian’s decision to work with us, from a very competitive group of equipment suppliers, further demonstrates our growing reputation as an established supplier of equipment to the craft market. We have now exceeded 20 installations of ABE equipment in UK craft breweries, and we are proud of our strong relationship with ABE. These projects, along with the feedback from our existing customers, continue to drive more enquiries our way. We very much look forward to working closely with Utopian, and will keep a keen interest in their future development.”
Utopian Brewing have recently launched its crowdfunding with crowdcube, to support the development of their new brewery site and enable anyone to own part of the company and share in its success. The public crowdfunding has passed 50% in its first 10 days with over 75 investors and more information can be found at www.crowdcube.com/utopianbrewing
About Utopian Brewing Limited
Utopian Brewing was founded in 2017 and is building its new brewery and visitor centre in picturesque mid-Devon. Britain has a great brewing heritage yet the vast majority of lagers that you see on beer taps and supermarket shelves are brewed by the mega brewers. Utopian intends bring the same dedication and artisan craft, care and attention to lager that is currently given to ales and to join the vibrant independent sector celebrating British brewing with some incredible lager.
The brewery’s location also provides for the installation of a number of sustainable energy sources and the company has an absolute ambition to be the most energy efficient and sustainably operated brewery in its class. Utopian intend to brew their lagers with 100% British grown ingredients. For more information: www.utopianbrewing.com
About Vigo Ltd
Vigo supplies carefully chosen production equipment to producers of premium quality drinks, including cider makers, wine producers and craft breweries throughout the UK. Vigo strives to offer its customers quality equipment, good service and comprehensive technical support.
Vigo was established in London in 1984 and originally traded from the railway arches at Battersea. The relocation of Vigo’s founder and family to Devon a few years later led to its move to the Blackdown Hills. Since trading from the West Country, it has out-grown three premises and now operates from an extensive warehouse near Honiton, which includes fully equipped electrical and engineering workshops. For more information see www.vigoltd.com
About Brewing Services Limited
Brewing Services mission is to help establish breweries with a complete commitment to quality, promote excellence throughout the brewing process and assist brewers in producing beers of the highest possible standard.
Brewing Services has worked with over 200 breweries both in the UK and abroad. Their goal is to provide ongoing technical support to help brewers consistently produce the best beer possible, in tandem with training, to further develop each brewer’s potential. For more information http://www.brewingservices.co.uk/