The Brewery

MiddleCoast Brewing Company

We wanted to give our loyal customers, friends, and family a look inside the brewing operations at MiddleCoast.  This page will outline our brewhouse, fermenters, bright tanks, packaging equipment, variety packaging, barrel aging, and pilot system.  We have alot of fun brewing and if you have a question on anything don't hesitate to ask!

Lets get to it!

The Brewhouse

We have a 3 Vessel, 15 BBL brewing system that is American made.  Our Hot Liquor Tank and Brew Kettle is direct fired by using natural gas.  The brewhouse has all manual valves (no automated processes here) which allows us to use our slogan of "it's always one valve."  Once a batch of beer or seltzer is complete, we cool the batch using a heat exchanger and recoup the heat by adding the water back to our HLT.

Now off to fermentation!

Fermenters

Since we have a 15 BBL brewing system, you guessed it we have 15 BBL fermenters!  We have 6 fermenters, 4 closed and 2 open top fermenters.  The closed fermenters are shown on the right and the open top tanks allow us to reharvest yeast very easily.  All of our fermenters are glycol jacketed to control the temperature during fermentation, it produces a lot of heat!

Now off to the Bright Tanks!

Bright Tanks

Next we want to clarify and carbonate.  We have 4, 15 BBL bright tanks.  For most of our beers, they will clarify for a few days followed by a filter into another tank.  Then we carbonate using a carbonation stone and its ready for packaging.

Time to package!

Packaging

We offer our products in 1/2 BBL, 1/6 BBL, 16oz Can 4 packs, 12oz Can 6 packs, and 12oz can 12 packs.  Our canning line is the FLEX model made by Microcanner.  With an output of a case a minute Gladys (yes we named her) can go through a batch in no time.  Depending on the product we have to change over the line to each can size, 12oz sleek or 16oz standard.  We also keg our beer for use in bars and restaurants.  

Barrel Aging

We are using red wine and bourbon barrels to age our delicious beer.  The red wine barrels have Delightful Tom (Raspberry Saison) in it and the bourbon barrels have Wookalar Stout.  They're still sleeping and we won't wake them for a few more months.  We will update you over Social Media when they're ready for tasting!

Pilot System

Before we come out with a new product we make a test batch.  Our 1 BBL pilot system is used for all sorts of innovative things.  Remember the Emotional Support Unicorn (7% hard seltzer), we do!  Our 1 BBL fermenter is called Scuba Steve and we have alot of fun coming up with new recipes.  We have a few exciting beers coming out in draft and cans, so stayed tuned!

Variety Pack Packaging

With hard seltzer, comes variety packs!  We offer 12 pack variety packs, hand packed in Traverse City.  We have the assembly line nailed down and is another personal touch offered as part of our hard seltzer line.

 

We're looking into a beer variety pack to offer the consumer a taste of each of our flavors, stay tuned!