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Glaston solves brewing issue for Black Country tap house


Industrial brewing equipment for Sadlers brewery

The Challenge

A longstanding brewery famed for supplying quality ales to 12 public houses, including the historic Windsor Castle Inn, Oldbury, came to Glaston in search of a bespoke compressed air package that would allow significant expansion for the business. Based in the heart of the Midlands’ industrial Black Country, Sadlers Ales have been brewing craft ales since the 1900s.

Sadlers was founded by Nathaniel Sadler and later expanded by his son, Thomas Alexander Sadler. The brewery is now managed by fourth and fifth generation brewers, John and Chris, son and grandson of Jack Sadler – Thomas Alexander’s son.

Over the years, the brewery has been awarded numerous accolades for its excellent quality. Due to a new expansion deal, Sadlers began the hunt for a new compressed air system that would run on an industrial scale – required for the first time in their long-running history.

“For this project, we designed a bespoke compressor house that would be situated outside the business premises. It was important that the housing could withstand various weather conditions, to allow the compressed air system to feed the draft beer pumps at all times.”

The Solution

Glaston first assessed Sadlers’ specific requirements. We sat down with the team at Sadlers to discuss their business needs, growth expectations and the most efficient positioning for a new compressed air system.

Sadlers told us about their requirements for industrial compressed air including flows, pressure and classification of the air required. We also discussed pipework specifications and assessed what networks would be the most efficient when feeding the new draft beer brewing towers. We also assessed the positioning of a new air compressor system for the brewery, and where would be the most efficient use of space.

For this project, we agreed that a bespoke solution would achieve the best results for Sadlers. We helped design a new compressor house that would be situated outside the business premises. It was important that the industrial brewing equipment housing could withstand various weather conditions and ensure the ideal environment internally, to allow the compressed air system to feed the draft beer pumps at all times.

Glaston liaised closely with the site electrician, to ensure all running power requirements were adhered to and that the correct electrical cabling and equipment was installed. We also advised the builders to allow adequate ventilation for high ambient temperatures in summer, along with a facility to reduce the ventilation in the winter months. This would help to increase the ambient temperature and prevent freezing.

After working out the flow factors and pressure requirements, along with taking into consideration the working environment, we proposed a HPC SM12 compressor. The new compressed air package consisted of a compressor, dryer, receiver and filter package. A condensate treatment unit was also included to ensure they complied with the latest environment legislation.

The package was then installed and commissioned by one of our fully trained, SafeContractor certified engineers. The warranty was registered to the customer and all daily operations training and advice were passed over to the satisfaction of the Sadlers team.

The Result

Thanks to our bespoke compressed air system, designed to meet the exact requirements of the customer, Sadlers brewery were able to successfully grow their business and enjoy newfound levels of productivity.

The HPC SM12 air compressor is a high quality piece of equipment, supplied with a five-year parts warranty and service contract to ensure maximum reliability and longevity. The air compressor was sized to allow for two years of growth requirements, which gave Sadlers assured peace of mind.

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