The UK’s first “Experiential” Brewery – Drygate Brewery, Glasgow.


    24hl_brew_windowBy experiential brewery, we mean a place where anyone has the freedom to explore, create, imagine and brew their own beer,” explains Colin Johnston, Operations Director. “Everyone who visits Drygate will be able to watch the brewery in action, enjoy a craft beer-inspired menu of ‘fearless food’ and learn how to brew their own beer on our Studio Kit.”

    venue_seatingWith a bold mission statement like this, expectations are high for the new Drygate Brewing Company; a joint venture between Tennents lager owner C&C Group and craft brewers Williams Bros Brewing Co.
    Located in a refurbished carton making factory next door to Tennents’ Wellpark brewery in the east end of Glasgow,  the new brewery has a plethora of attractions to keep visitors happy. These include a bar serving over 24 different beers on tap alone (200 beers available altogether), a restaurant, art gallery, terrace, bottle shop with over 400 different beers and a panoramic glass wall onto the brewery.

    Visitors are able to eat, drink and watch the working brewery in action. The 24 HL brew house skid was supplied by Enterprise Tondelli based in the UK and Italy. The equipment was manufactured by Simatec based near Turin who also have their own award winning 4000hl/pa brewery SorA’laMA’.

    The equipment has a number of patents that give the brewer many technical advantages as well as cost savings on the product. Key to the design of the equipment is the desire to reduce oxidation and product transfer. This ensures longer shelf life for the product and significantly reduces the need for filtering aids thus saving money and producing a superior product.

    24hl-breweryBeer is transferred twice only in the patented system with the beer moving once from the mash tun to Lauter tun and then back to the copper which also acts as the whirlpool. Cleverly designed paddles in this multi function vessel ensure optimum action for avoiding extraction  of unwanted substances such as tannins from the malt during mashing and better tannin and protein coagulation during the whirlpool to reduce problems of protein stability in the final beer.
    The system is also configured to allow the installation of a second mash tun to give up to 7 brews per day. Simatec also make an additional range of automatic equipment which allows 13 brews per day with one Lauter tun and still only two product transfers

    Scott Williams, co-owner of Williams Bros. Brewing Company, Managing Director and creative force behind the Drygate Brewing Company, said:

    “The interest in craft brewing, both domestically and worldwide, is growing fast, as we know from our own experience, and we are confident that as a city-based microbrewery, the Drygate Brewing Company will be a big success.The selection of Enterprise Tondelli and Simatec as the supplier was based on the innovative approach of the plant and support provided during the process. We would be happy to work with them again and in fact have placed a further order from some equipment for our bottling line at Alloa from Enterprise Tondelli. The whole process was very easy with Enterprise”

    2-5hl_micro-breweryDrygate have also launched a studio brewery which will offer the opportunity for brewers with skills ranging from novice to expert the opportunity to create their own beers.

    A selection of their beers and stock lists can be found at :

    Enterprise Tondelli supply brew houses and all ancillaries for 2.5 HL to 200 HL. Additionally they supply  bottling equipment ranging from 600 bottles per hour to 60,000 bottles per hour.
    UK Managing Director of Enterprise Tondelli, Craig Wilson said “We are very pleased to be associated with this project and are sure that Drygate Brewery and it’s teams will be very successful with their innovative experiential brewery”