Burtonwood Brewery

The Background

 The Molson Coors story may have started in 1774 but it is a tale which has delivered a passion for great brewing, a great experience and a great place to work across succeeding generations. That means that, despite centuries of brewing tradition, Molson Coors’ thirst for crafting beers for people to enjoy and share with friends remains as strong as ever. In March 2015, Molson Coors UK & Ireland purchased the brewing and kegging operations in Burtonwood, Warrington from Thomas Hardy. The acquisition complements Molson Coors’ existing network of breweries and provides a new dynamic facility to innovate, brew and package a wide variety of beers.

The Challenge

Ambitious investment plans were drawn up to update the brewery internally and externally, thereby enabling it to take its place as a key addition to the Molson Coors story. Central to this development was a review of the existing Bulk Glycol chiller capacity. This was, at the time, provided by a temporary hired solution as the original R22 Carrier 30GF 085-240 reciprocating liquid air cooled chiller was somewhat dilapidated.

BRS were invited to tender for the design and installation of a replacement 350kW Air Cooled Chiller to incorporate a turnkey electrical and mechanical solution. Key to the project was the requirement to ensure minimum downtime and reduced energy consumption.

The Solution

Following an assessment, BRS recommended a bulk glycol system to meet cooling capacity requirements in support of the whole onsite brewing process. The recommendation took account of energy efficiency requirements and included supporting documentation demonstrating the savings to be made through deploying inverter compressors and ring main pumps. Following a consultation, the product selected was a Daikin EWAD495TZ Air Cooled Inverter Driven Single Screw Chiller.

The Specification Included:

  • Centrifugal Inverter Glycol Pump
  • Mains Electrical Supply Installation
  • 6” Stainless Steel Fully Welded Glycol flow & Return Ring main
  • Remote monitoring support & Maintenance Package

The Result

With confidence in cooling capacity restored and the removal of ongoing chiller hire costs, Burtonwood brewery is now achieving optimal temperatures for each of their processes. This in turn is enabling both the production team to meet brewing targets and the project team to focus on developing the overall business.

BRS Team, demonstrating their skills in temperature control solutions, from initial design selection to Installation and Commissioning, the project was delivered on time and is delivering Burtonwood brewery the optimum package that fulfils their cooling duty requirement at a reduced running cost.

Process Engineering


Air Conditioning