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Brewery Expansion means Steam Equipment Increase

Brewery Expansion means Steam Equipment Increase

Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh have been lifelong friends and founded the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in 2011 bringing so into reality a youthful dream. The two put together though not only their knowledge, their vision and their passion for brewing world class ales and lagers: they additionally pursued consistently their mission for “brewing with purpose”. The ingredients of the recipe are: steadfast quality assurance standards; local sourcing (support the local growers and highlight the Virginia-flavors); environmental stewardship (use of 100% renewable energy and recycled materials, active support of organizations dedicated to environmental awareness and protection); community engagement featuring events that unite the community and educate the guests on the art of making beer; and giving back (Hardywood contributes to over 50 local and national non-profit organizations per year).

In these 6 years after starting brewing in the initial facility in Richmond, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery averaged a 100% growth per year, earned international acclaim with medals at the World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival, opened a new taproom in Charlottesville (2017) and launched a $28 million investment in land, landscaping, brewing and packaging facilities and equipment. comprising furthermore a taproom and beer garden, agricultural fields and infrastructure for leisure and recreation activities such as community events space, walking paths and an amphitheater for live events, concerts and performances.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, in Richmond, Virginia decided to expand by building a new greenfield brewing facility, the steam equipment needed to supply a four-vessel, 60-barrel BrauKon brewhouse also increased to reach 70,000 barrels annual minimum capacity with an initial steam production requirement of 12-14 hours a day, 5 days a week. Space and utilities for applying additional boilers for future expansions have already been planned.

The Production included: Flagship Range available year round (Singel 6.2% ABV, Pils and VIPA both with 5.2% ABV); Canned (Cream Ale 4.4% ABV, Pale Ale 5.6% ABV and The Great Return West Coast Style IPA with 7.7% ABV); a Richmond Lager (American Craft Lager with 5.0% ABV); the Reserve Series, featuring local seasonal ingredients (Farmhouse Pumpkin Wallonian-style Farmhouse Ale Brewed with 8.5% ABV, the Belgian-style White Ale Virginia Blackberry with 6.8% ABV, the Hardywood Christmas Morning Imperial Milk Stout with Spices, Coffee and 9.2% ABV, a Belgian Abbey-Style Tripel Refermented on Peaches with 8.2% ABV, the Quadrahop Imperial IPA with 8.5% ABV, the Gingerbread Stout Imperial Milk Stout Brewed with 9.2% ABV awarded in Virginia and World Beer Cup, as well as the Raspberry Stout Chocolate Stout Brewed with 9.2% ABV awarded in the States and Australia); the Series matured in wooden Barrels (White Wine, Bourbon, Rum, Rye and Apple Brandy Barrels), not to mention the Pilot Batches and the collaborative Projects of the Brewer and Artist Series.

The Solution
One Universal TC 1500 natural gas with 100 BHP, together with a CERTUSS Supply Unit CVE (settled for a future expansion with two further Universal TC 1500 with 100 BHP each).
CERTUSS America took on the project in November 2016 through their local Sales & Service Partner Power and Heat Systems, LLC, located in Ashland, VA.

The supply
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery had already announced a spring 2017 opening for the planned 60,000 square­foot production facility in a 24 acre plot in West Creek Business Park, Goochland. Nevertheless the work took longer than anticipated due to issues with the soil on the building site. Hardywood, the Richmond brewery sourcing 100% of its power from renewables (solar, wind and biomass) and committed to minimize its ecological footprint, preferred to push back the project instead of chemically treating the soil – postponing thus into a new opening target for spring 2018. The official order for the equipment including full commissioning was placed in June 2017 for a delivery end of same year, after the soil issues were definitely been resolved with natural means.

The CERTUSS equipment supplies the brewhouse with a 70,000 barrels initial capacity, natural gas fuel supply and steam production requirement of 12-14 hours a day, 5 days a week. The modular design of CERTUSS permits gradually doubling and even tripling the initial steam capacity in the next years without major modifications in the equipment, other than incrementally installing two more Universal TC 1500 as soon as the brewing requirements demand it. CERTUSS modular steam plant would fit the blueprint of the new facility, while the reduced installation footprint allows the future expansions without any space issues. The steam serves mainly the brewing processes, the mash kettle and the boil kettle. Future uses could cover the steam sanitation on a keg line as well as the wood barrel sanitation.

Whereas the old facilities including existing equipment in Richmond will be further used for small batches, experimental new projects and the local consume, West Creek will constitute the large scale production site serving the Hardywood distribution and even allowing the introduction of new production methods, such as an open­air fermentation.

Apart from the increased production capacity itself, Hardywood’s choice of the best equipment they could get aims into ensuring elevated quality assurance and the necessary consistency.

Brian Nelson, Head Brewer of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, named four criteria when asked about the choice of CERTUSS boilers as best equipment for their large scale new facility: “size, maintenance, service, efficiency” – in all four categories CERTUSS scored 100 points.

drink Technology + Marketing · March 2019

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America’s Largest Craft Brewing Industry Gathering in the Mile High City!

America’s Largest Craft Brewing Industry Gathering in the Mile High City!
Denver, CO | April 08-11, 2019

The host city of the Great American Beer Festival® has definitely something to say about brewing!

Don’t miss the opportunity and visit us at the largest brewing gathering of the year, April 8th – 11th.

Raise a glass and share with us your projects and thoughts and we will be glad to offer you the steam solution that perfectly suits your needs.

See you in the Mile High City, Booth #21113.

Do you want to know more about CERTUSS latest brewery installation?

Check with our newest case study: https://www.certuss-america.com/case-studies/hardywood-park-craft-brewery/

For more information about the Show check with: http://www.craftbrewersconference.com

See you there!

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What connects CERTUSS to the Best Craft Beer Taproom 2018*?

What connects CERTUSS to the Best Craft Beer Taproom 2018?

Thousands of hours of unobstructed steam production and people with passion and a vision for their job.
Check with our Case Study Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and learn about one of our latest installations and how CERTUSS fits the expansion plans for a new greenfield brewing facility producing 70,000 barrels minimum annual capacity and meets the client’s requirements.
*(Best and Worst Issue of Richmond Mag.)

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Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day to our business partners and friends! May we all enjoy freedom, prosperity and opportunities!

Your CERTUSS America Team

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55th ASHE, Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition

55th ASHE, Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition

Meet us at the 55th national conference and trade show for health care facility management and engineering professionals. July 15-18, 2018 we will welcome you together with our local sales & service partner Control Factors in Seattle, WA.

Come and visit us at our Booth #2230 and discuss your steam projects with us.

Check with these case studies about a few of the thousands CERTUSS steam plants operating around the world.

Would you like to know more about the Show? Please visit the official website.

For any questions please contact CERTUSS or Control Factors and we will be glad to assist you.

#ASHEannual | @asheaha

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From May 14th to May 18th our parent company CERTUSS Dampfautomaten hosted at their Headquarters and production site in Krefeld, Germany a 45-hours seminar for a group of service technicians from the States.
Our guests came from Pennsylvania, Illinois and Texas and represented the technical force of our local partners J.Lorber Co., Boilersource and Willbanks respectively.
The seminar covered installation, start-up and commissioning themes, mechanical aspects, service and maintenance practices, troubleshooting, even complex software and remote operation topics.
The five days have been a learning curve for all sides, but also a great opportunity for intensive training, exchanging of ideas and experiences and team-building. Fun and social events could not certainly be lacking, as well as a short sightseeing of Krefeld and Düsseldorf.

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Partners in Progress

From May 14th to May 18th our parent company CERTUSS Dampfautomaten hosts at their Headquarters and production site in Krefeld, Germany a 45-hours seminar for a group of service technicians from the States.

Our guests are coming from Pennsylvania, Illinois and Texas and represent the technical force of our local partners J.Lorber Co., Boilersource and Willbanks respectively.

The seminar covers not only the start-up and commissioning themes, including mechanical aspects, service and maintenance practices, but also complex IT and remote operation topics.

To round up the intensive learning program CERTUSS has organized social events for our eight guests, including short sightseeing in Krefeld and Dusseldorf, dinners with German and European cuisine, as well as a brewery tour in one of the oldest breweries of Dusseldorf – obviously, fully CERTUSS equipped.

A great learning and training experience at the production site for the American technicians and at the same moment a very significant exchange of views and experiences among steam specialists from both sides of the Atlantic.

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Successful Renewal ASME S Stamp Certification for CERTUSS

The first renewal of the ASME Certification took place for CERTUSS at the production site in Germany (Krefeld) between 04/23 – 04/24/18. The auditing committee consisted of three inspectors and was international.

The successful renewal of the ASME Certificate for our parent company and the production sites is for CERTUSS America of major importance, due to the ever-increasing demand for CERTUSS steam plants in the continent, the growing number of sales and service partners across the States and the high quality standards and expectations of our clients.

The positive results of the first two years of presence in the local market solidify now and bring fruits. The ASME Certificate is a flagship for high quality not only on the end product but also on all parameters involving production and quality processes. The renewal for CERTUSS is indicative of the consistency in the decision made with the expansion in the States a couple of years ago.

CERTUSS is one of few German Companies in the mechanical engineering sector, holders of the ASME Certificate. In order to meet the latest ASME requirements, intensive preparation, adjustment of the documentation and permanent further R&D of product and machinery are necessary – not to forget to mention the constant further training measurements of the involved employees.

CERTUSS America is thankful to the Management and the German colleagues for their efforts and support to the US- affiliate company and would like to congratulate all for the successful renewal.

CERTUSS hosted the international auditing committee of ASME in Krefeld, April 23rd – 24th, 2018

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Save the Date!

Craft Brewers Conference 2018 April 30 – May 3, 2018 in Nashville, TN: Let’s rock!

Nashville hosts the 35th Annual Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® and World Beer Cup℠ and CERTUSS has already booked its place on stage: Booth #1400, next to our long-term business partners of Allied Beverage Tanks: http://www.alliedbeveragetanks.com

Come over and share with us your current projects, your technical issues, your quality problems, your production enhancement targets, your new facilities’ plans: no matter what occupies too much of your thoughts, we have the steam solution for it!

See you in the music city, Booth #1400. Let’s rock the place!

Do you want to know more about CERTUSS latest brewery installation? Check with this case study:https://www.certuss-america.com/case-studies/hofbrauhaus-st-louis/

For more information about the Show check with: http://www.craftbrewersconference.com

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Announcement: Sales Director for the North American Markets to join the CERTUSS America team

CERTUSS proudly announces that as of January 1st, 2018, Michael Gerhart has joined our team in the position of Sales Director for the North American Markets. The new position has been considered necessary following the rapid expansion of the representatives’ network, the increasing demand for CERTUSS quotes and the steadily rising number of projects in which CERTUSS is involved.
Michael, who honorably completed a 6-years’ enlistment as a U.S. Naval Nuclear Power Operator, has several years of experience in our sector as Regional Sales Manager, National Key Corporate Accounts and National Sales Manager and has a high reputation in the market not only for his sales records, but also for his confidence, his determination, his consistency and his business ethics. It is CERTUSS’ both honor and pride to have won a qualified and proficient associate. We are confident Michael will be a great asset to our organization and we are looking forward to explore with him all new possibilities in the market.

Michael Gerhart, new Sales Director for the North American Markets, between his wife Tonya and Holger Deimann, President of CERTUSS America LP.

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