The new cask racking system will allow St Austell to boost its capacity

The new cask racking system will allow St Austell to boost its capacity

UK brewer St Austell has unveiled a new GBP2.5m (US$4.05m) cask racking plant, which will allow it to double its brewing capacity.

The new plant will mean it can brew up to 200,000 barrels a year, the Cornwall-based company said earlier this week. It brings the firm's total investment in brewing and bottling facilities to around GBP6m in the past seven years. 

St Austell MD James Staughton said: "The opening of the cask operation plant is a bold move, but will mean we will be able to consistently meet the demand for our range of award-winning ales now and in the years to come.”

The new plant also features solar panels and heat recovery and low-energy lighting, making the building self-sufficient in its electricity usage, St Austell said. 

Production of the brewery's flagship ale, Tribute, reached a record high this year when it broke through the threshold of 50,000 barrels MAT, it added. 

In February this year, the firm announced it had secured a GBP40m (US$63.4m) funding package to both service debt and invest in expansion, potentially via acquisitions.