Specific Mechanical’s Greg Hardin stands on the production floor with brewing components under construction around him. (Steven Heywood/News Staff file)

Victoria’s Phillips Brewing gets Specific with new brewhouse

Victoria brewer and Central Saanich builder team up on efficient brewhouse

Phillips Brewing of Victoria turned to a local partner to deliver an efficient, new brewhouse — one that would continue to produce quality craft beer while helping to reduce their carbon footprint.

Earlier this year, Specific Mechanical of Central Saanich supplied the Greater Victoria brewer with a custom built brewhouse. At between 40 and 50 feet long and 20 feet wide, the brewing equipment has a capacity of 120 hectolitres. Chad MacIssac, Specific Mechanical’s marketing and sales representative, says the brewhouse was manufactured in the spring. Phillips Brewing announced the update earlier in November.

“When it became obvious that we needed a new brewhouse, we wanted to ensure that we would be able to not only maintain the beer quality and consistency that we were used to, but also use the opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint of our brewhouse,” stated Founder and Owner of Phillips Brewing and Malting Co. Matt Phillips in a media release.

“We were thrilled with how Specific Mechanical Systems was able to accommodate these requests and build us a brewery that incorporated heat recovery, a mash press and hot side centrifuge — and do it all on a very short time line.”

The new system is automated and integrates a mash filter and centrifuge already owned by Phillips. Specific Mechanical designed and build a single stack condenser to collect steam from the kettles, cool it to water and use it elsewhere in the Victoria brewery. It’s designed to be more efficient, producing the most beer from the raw materials required for each batch.

“We were thrilled to work with the team at Phillips to define the scope of the project, manufacture this state of the art system and deliver it in a very quick three months,” said Reo Phillips, President of Specific Mechanical Systems. “Being involved in the manufacture this system, with a focus toward environmental stewardship, has been a very rewarding process.”

Specific Mechanical and Phillips Brewing have been working together for a decade, MacIssac added. The manufacturer, located in Central Saanich’s Keating Business Area, has been providing brewing equipment to a variety of customers across North America. They also produce items for the distilling industry, notably creating a new distillery system for Victoria Distillery in Sidney.



editor@peninsulanewsreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

5 tips for talking to your kids about cannabis

Health officials recommend sharing a harm reduction-related message.

Victoria among Top 10 sunniest Canadian cities

Victoria ranks 6th in sunny days per year

Surge in requests for help, reports of sexual assault since #MeToo

Growing demand for Victoria Sexual Assault Clinic’s services in first year of #MeToo

Growing numbers of Vancouver Islanders get flu shots

In 2017 alone, more than 240,000 people got vaccinated

Victoria teen suffers whiplash in school ‘bubble’ soccer game

Middle school students injured in teacher-student competition

Advance voting begins Oct. 10 in Greater Victoria

The polls open at 8 a.m. for the 2018 municipal election with the general election taking place Oct. 20

Find your future at Black Press career fair in Victoria

More than 70 booths expected at Bay Street Armoury on Oct. 25

NHL players say Canada’s legalization of marijuana won’t impact them

NHL players say the legalization of marijuana in Canada won’t change how they go about their business.

Automated cars could kill wide range of jobs, federal documents say

Internal government documents show that more than one million jobs could be lost to automated vehicles, with ripple effects far beyond the likeliest professions.

ELECTION 2018: Vancouver Island politician ending unprecedented 40-year run

Mike Kokura served on the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District board since 1972

Private marijuana stores should shut down, Mike Farnworth says

B.C. has approved 62 licences, but they still need local approval

Court finds that company was ‘careless’ in cutting down 45 trees near Nanaimo

Western Canadian Timber Products ordered to pay $80,000 to private landowners

Dying motorcyclist from Coombs gets last-ride tribute

Friends grant Corinna Pitney’s wish ‘to hear bikes roar, to see leather and chrome’

Most Read