The groundbreaking pilot brewery will be built within Nottingham University’s School of Biosciences, with the purpose of focusing on new technologies and processes that will enhance beer quality and shelf life, while improving the sustainability of brewing.
The research will test new raw materials and equipment and simulate extreme brewing conditions to challenge current methods of brewing to identify better, more efficient ways of making beer.
SABMiller’s group chief brewer, Professor Barry Axcell, explained that it will differ significantly from other research facilities in its design and in its purpose: “Pilot breweries have, up until now, been places where new brands are brewed and trialled. What we’re creating is a facility that can simulate a whole range of brewing conditions, allowing us to develop expertise, products and procedures that will ensure SABMiller leads the industry in brewing innovation.”
SABMiller already has strong links with Nottingham University’s School of Biosciences, where it sponsors the chair of brewing science, Professor Katherine Smart. The brewery will be run by SABMiller’s research brewer, James van der Watt with additional research being carried out by PhD students from the University.
© FoodBev Media Ltd 2020