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UK-based brewers Peak Ales has produced award winning craft beers such as Swift Neck, Bakewell Best, Chatsworth Gold and Noggin Filler in the Peak District since 2003. In 2012, the brewery had outgrown its original premises and relocated to a larger facility nearby.
More recently, the brewery has expanded the new facility in order to develop a new pilot brewery to try new recipes and beer styles, as well as developing plans for a gin distillery. These activities require a flooring product to meet the needs of brewing and barrelling.
Jeremy Waterhouse, Flooring Product Manager for Sherwin-Williams, said: "Peak Ales microbrewery is exactly the type of facility which the FasTop TG69 floor system is designed for. Where activities such as barrelling are in operation, we like to promote the TG69 heavy duty screed as it’s a proven long-term solution."
As a busy microbrewery, the customer required hygienic, food-safe flooring. It was imperative that the product would prevent any contamination and possible microbial growth and that no liquid ingress could seep between the substrate and the screed.
The surface needed to be durable against heavy machinery and the frequent moving of barrels. It also had to withstand extreme changes in temperature and attack from spilled chemicals or sugars, while also ensuring that the final product would be non-slip.
After carefully assessing the requirements of Peak Ales, Sherwin-Williams recommended the FasTop TG69 screed, which provides a food-safe, anti-microbial, non-slip, resin flooring solution. This was installed by specialist contractor Monarch Flooring Services. Not only is the FasTop range ideal for breweries and distilleries which comply with strict hygiene and safety standards but being monolithic means no ingress of water or fluids can seep between the substrate and the floor surface.
Resin floor systems from Sherwin-Williams can withstand extreme conditions, whether it’s attack from sugars, thermal exposure, physical impact or heavy machinery. The FasTop range meets the requirements of ISO 22916 for antimicrobial performance and can withstand heavy loads from barrels and equipment operating at full capacity.
Because Sherwin-Williams systems are seamless and impervious to humid conditions, spills that stay on the surface can be easily cleaned and hygiene standards maintained, with no contamination.
The FasTop solution has provided a durable and resistant flooring system that can cope with the daily rigours of brewery life. Designed with this purpose in mind, the product can withstand chemicals or heavy impact from brewery equipment and barrels, while being manageable to clean, and provides Peak Ales with an ideal final product for its needs.
Robert Evans, Director of Peak Ales, said: "Choosing the right flooring for the brewery was an important decision and I am pleased to report that five years down the line I know I made the right choice. Despite heavy brewery use the floors still look good and they continue to perform well."
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