Detonate Brewing is one of British Columbia's newest breweries dedicated to brewing great tasting, craft beer. Detonate is scheduled to start producing craft beer later in the year depending mainly on licensing and a few other hurdles to overcome.
Detonate will be starting as a very small brewery in comparison to many of the other breweries that are opening up. There will be a small tasting area for sampling and growler fills. Due to fiscal limitations Detonate will only be open for limited hours. However during those limited hours we would be more than happy to show you the operation and answer any questions that you may have.
Detonate Brewing Company will be starting with very much a Frankenbrew System. Props to Tom Hennessey from making the video (Franken Brew ) which I discovered midway through piecing my system together. Our system will consist of milk tanks that served previous lives in dairy farms etc and vessels that were custom built for other application, never used and now re-purposed for use in the brewery. The vast majority of our equipment will be re-purposed equipment saved from certain doom to now live out its live making people happy by bringing beer to them. And hey, as an added perk, reusing old equipment is far more environmentally friendly than going out and purchasing brand new equipment.
While our brewery will not have all the shiny "state of the art" equipment, manufactured in some distant Bavarian land, we will have everything required to manufacture great quality beer. No knock on the Bavarian equipment, it some of the best available, but it also leaves a large $$$$ dagger hanging over the brewery's head as soon as they open their doors, unless they have DEEP pockets to begin with.
While their equipment will produce higher efficiency in the brewing process, lessening the amount of grain, time, work, headache etc required to produce a batch of beer, things that can still be overcome with less expensive equipment. As long as various items are addressed while building the system, a lot less expensive solution can be built while recognizing the limitations of the system.
Some people might think that I am crazy but I believe that a small brewery can start up with small initial capital and still become profitable. I am just not willing to accept that to start a 7BBL brewery you need $500k to $1Mill plus. To me that just sound like just falling right back into the corporate grasp, and that is not what craft brewing is to Detonate. A little ingenuity and sweat equity, okay a lot of both, and you can make something great out of very little.
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