Detailing the future of brewing


SABMiller has an ambitious vision for its next generation breweries. Following on from an earlier Innovia study of potential scenarios for a Brewery of the Future, SABMiller asked Innovia to develop process designs for three new brewery concepts.


Working closely with a senior SABMiller team, we explored a wide range of options for future processes, and developed concepts for plants to be able to achieve unprecedented levels of energy consumption, water use and flexibility. Our multidisciplinary investigation ranged from the subtle details of beer flavour chemistry to the engineering of heat recovery systems.


Innovia’s final deliverables were process flow diagrams supported by energy and mass balance calculations. The level of detail was sufficient to allow SABMiller to conduct first-cut plant costing and prioritise specific R&D projects to make its vision a reality.