Appointments at Craft Brewer Expands

04 February, 2011 by The Shout Team

By Andrew Starke

McLaren Vale Beer Company has appointed a brewing team as work begins on its new Willunga Brewery, expected to be the third largest brewery in South Australia when completed.

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The craft beer company will invest over $1 million in the project and has appointed renowned brewer Bruce Peachey to oversea construction.

Peachy will fill the role of chief brewer with responsibility for commissioning Willunga Brewery, while McLaren Vale identity Jeff Wright has been appointed head brewer.

McLaren Vale Beer Company managing director Adam Trippe-Smith said the two appointments came at an exciting time for the company.

“Bruce is regarded as one of the best brewers in the Asia Pacific and Jeff is a passionate brewer with a growing track record, so we’re looking forward to what they’ll bring to the team,” Adam said.

“We’ve begun work on our new Willunga Brewery, which will employ up to 10 people and will initially be brewing in excess of 1 million litres of beer.

“In the past 12 months, McLaren Vale Beer has already grown from a team of one to 15.”

Peachy spent 21 years with Tooheys in various roles including brewery manager and technical manager.

He was also founding general manager and head brewer of Bluetongue in the Hunter Valley.

Wright has been part of the South Australian viticulture scene for the past 15 years, nine of those in management roles for private vineyards throughout McLaren Vale.

Willunga Brewery will be commissioned with a 4-vessel 35HL brew house, 105HL fermentation vessels, a kegging line and an automated bottling and packaging line.

McLaren Vale Beer has awarded the contract to supply brewing equipment for its brewery to DME Brewing Services in Canada.

DME is one of the leading global suppliers of brewing equipment to the craft beer industry and was the successful tenderer from over 10 global suppliers.