CombiCube B: three vessels for the brewing process
The second major expansion step for the brewery was to install the first CombiCube B brewhouse on American soil. Founders was brewing in an older brewhouse with a cast wort quantity of 36 hectolitres (30 barrels), which produced three to four brews a day – not enough for achieving the 90,000 hectolitres (75,000 barrels) output targeted for 2012. That’s why, in August 2011, installation work began on the new CombiCube B brewhouse, which was completed just six short weeks later. In the first week of October, the first brew was completed. The vessels feature technological developments already familiar from the large-size vessels designed by Steinecker. CombiCube B for breweries with an output of 40 to 100 hectolitres of cast wort – this design advance at Krones means that mid-tier breweries, too, can now benefit from “technology made by Steinecker”. Crucial factors shaping this newly developed brewhouse were the requirements posed by small and mid-tier breweries, such as one-person operation, or non-continuous production rhythms, plus the need to be able to cover demand peaks during the main season effortlessly.
Founders‘ staff are musicians
The brewery even has a band of its own: “The FBC All-Stars,” whose members all work for the company, like the lead guitarist and Head Brewer Jeremy Kosmicki, who discovered his love of beer as a home brewer, continued educating himself on his own time, and has now been with Founders for twelve years. Almost all the staff are committed musicians. “The craft brewers in the U.S. are very passionate about their products. This attracts creative people, like musicians, for instance”, Alec Mull explains.
“The craft brewing scene in the U.S. is flourishing vigorously and is still growing,” he adds. “In America, there’s a movement towards tastier foods and beverages, and a more diversified choice. It’s consumer wishes like these that the craft breweries meet, by firstly producing top-quality beers and secondly always searching for something new. Craft brewing in America stands for quality and creativity.”