Asian Beer Network (Brewery Consultant)

As a brewing consultant, I offer brewing assistance to companies looking to set up breweries around the world. The main service I offer is helping breweries source equipment. Hello, my name is Neil Playfoot; I’m a British brewer with 25 years’ experience in the industry. I’ve worked in several countries including the UK, France, Bermuda and China (where I’m now based).

I’ve also consulted on a number of projects from Hong Kong to the Cayman Islands utilizing my wide network of industry contacts. I first came to China 10 years ago after being offered a head brewers position. Over time, I made China my home; as I grew my brewing network in Asia, I decided to transition to become a brewing consultant.

My finished my last onsite consulting role installing a small 20HL production brewery in Kunming, China. I’m now helping clients in the UK, Asia, South America and Continental Europe design their brewhouse set-up and source equipment from China.

Harness 25 Years’ Experience and Large Network of Brewing Contacts for Your Brewery

I have worked in both brewpubs and production breweries on a number of systems. My last position was production manager of a 35 HL brewery. This brewery had 70HL FV’s, centrifuge, bottling and kegging lines in was operating in Armenia.

It meant building up a team from scratch and writing their SOP’s. I also implemented health and safety protocols as well as built out new recipes for their core range of beers.

Asian Brewing Consultant – What I can do for You

With this in mind I can offer several services tailor made to suit your needs:

–>If you have a tight budget, I know Chinese manufacturers who can build high quality manual breweries to suit your needs. I know breweries who have used these manufacturers and can supply testimonials of their build quality.

–>If you need some automation, I know manufactures that can build breweries to your specification depending on budget.

Furthermore, these manufacturers can offer their own Chinese brewing software at a lower price (that have an English language option). Or they can install European made software for those with a larger budget.

With either option please note: The electronics Chinese brewing equipment manufacturers use are European made, for example, Siemens for critical parts.

–> I can help you with installing your brewing system. Plus put procedures in place utilizing my experience of brewing installs. Also, as part of my service I can build recipes to your specifications for your core beer range.

What Else…?

In addition, I can build healthy and safety protocols, create SOP’s and train staff setting you up to be successful for the long term.

–> I can source a particular piece of equipment if you are looking to upgrade your brewery. Recently I had a brewery in the Caribbean looking to upgrade from DE filtering to purchasing a centrifuge.

The Horror Stories of Chinese Brewing Equipment

It is fair to say that in 10 years Chinese brewing equipment has come a long way. When overseas breweries first bought equipment from China 10 years ago, we heard about unsanitary welds or even people not getting the equipment they ordered.

However, times have changed and now many US and European brewing equipment manufacturers buy their tank from China.

Then add the finishing touches in-house before sending to the client often for a premium.

Why pay a middleman when you can get a brewery direct from the manufacturer?

Now many breweries outside China are opting for Chinese made breweries. Recently Bold Republic Brewing out of Texas purchased brewing equipment made in China.

Moreover, the big boys like AB InBev are using Chinese made equipment for installations. For example, with their brew-house purchases for Goose Island brewpubs, brewpubs projects in India and the innovation brewery for Hand and Malt in South Korea.

For more information about buying Chinese made equipment read our article “Is it Safe to Buy Chinese Brewing Equipment” for a more in-depth look.

Asian Brewing Consultant – Planning A Brewery

How Big to Go with Your Brewery?

When planning your brewery, you need to know how big to go. Start too small and your cost of expansion further down the line could be prohibitive.

Others factors to consider are:

  • How much do you plan to brew per month and year?
  • What is your overall budget for the project?
  • How large is your building?
  • What are you goals for the next 3-5 years?

The answers to these questions will allow us to work together to:

  • Find the right size brewing system to fit your needs now and goals for the future.
  • Find the right equipment to suit fit your budget
  • Make sure the floor space of your brewery is balanced (if you have a taproom) to ensure your business has the best possible chance to succeed.

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The Layout of Your Brewery

The layout of your brewery is an important factor. It can affect:

  • How much manpower you use?
  • Lower your utility costs
  • Increase brew-house efficiency and yields whilst lowering environmental costs
  • EVEN the quality of your beer

Costs and Strategic Planning: Thinking Vertically and More…

When it comes to brew-house space people forget to think vertically. For example, if you have a brewpub and limited space then stacking fermentation tanks on top of one another is a great option.

Also, to achieve future goals planning ahead when initially installing the brewery can vastly reduce costs of expansion. Space is key in any brewery.

In addition, the workflow of the brewery is critical. For example, placing serving tanks in a brewpub close as possible to your taps will reduce installation expenditure as well as ongoing costs to serve your beers cold.

Utilities Costs Are One Breweries Main Expenses: Let’s Lower Them for You

The right layout of your brewery can save you money!

  • The rule is; the closer each step in the brewing process the more you save.
  • Keeping utilities closer to where they’re needed saves on installation costs. Like piping and heat loss through steam delivery for example.
  • Energy recovery systems and reducing water usage will save you money and help reduce your impact of the environment.

The Big Day – Brewery Installation

One of the most important and stressful days is brewery installation. With several brewery installs under my belt; I can help the process go more smoothly on the big day

Let’s Remember the 7 P’s

Prior Preparation and Planning can Prevent Piss Poor Performance.

There is a lot of work to do before your brewery arrives on site. I can work with the brewery equipment manufacturers and local contractors to make sure the install goes smoothly. Let’s think about:

  • Drainage – this is critical to a brewery and good planning can save a lot of pain down the line
  • Water outlets – to make sure your brewery is clean and sanitary
  • Spacing and usage – Will you need room for a forklift? Will most of your beers be sold in keg or bottle?
  • Utilities – Will you use gas and steam or electricity? Will your local government allow you to install a steam generator and if so what size are you allowed?

On the day of the actual install we will make sure you have enough man-power, the right equipment for lifts and cranes (depending on brewery size).

I can be there on the day and make sure you, your contractors and the equipment manufacturers are on the same page to ensure the day goes as smoothly as possible.

So in summary we can walk you through the whole process from planning through install and getting you operational for long term success.

In Conclusion

To sum up I am here to help you anyway I can. With 24 years of international brewing experience, I have gone through the gamut of issues and problems so you don’t have to.

I joke I went to China for an adventure and ended up coming back to Europe with a family. However, I missed China, as did my Chinese wife so, we decided to make China our home.

I decided to use the knowledge I gained to set up my own business. As an Asian Brewing Consultant based in China I can assistant you with any equipment purchases…be it for expansion or brewery install.

Please feel free to contact me right now with any questions, queries or if you’re ready to make that purchase and need assistance. Simply fill in the form below, email me at:

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Bespoke Brewing Solutions

Bespoke Brewing Solutions are your commercial brewing equipment designers, consultants, manufacturers and installers. Whether you’re an experienced brewer or new to the industry, we make it easy to bring your craft beer to life.

We can source the best commercial brewing equipment for any size craft brewery, from milling the malt to filling your kegs.

Our team has 6 years of solid team work together and 10+ years of experience of manufacturing brewing equipment. That means we’ve sourced equipment and designed brewhouse configurations for every type of brewery you can imagine, in every situation.

We oversee the production of our products from design to manufacturing, so our equipment meets US, Canadian and Australian standards. You’d expect nothing less.

We produce our commercial brewing equipment to the absolute highest standard – because the quality of equipment can really make a huge difference to your product – and overall success of your brewery.

At Bespoke Brewing Solutions, we focus on helping breweries make their products better, faster, and more cost effective. We believe in empowering people in the industry with knowledge, so we pass on all the information we can – to help our brewers learn and the industry flourish.

We know the do’s and don’ts! Let us bring this experience into your project, to help it go smoothly.

When you work with Bespoke Brewing Solutions, you have access to a consulting service, along with the highest quality brewing equipment.

Whether you’re an experienced brewer or new to the industry, we make it easy to bring your craft beer to life.

If you’ve never started a brewery before, we’re here to help. If you’re an experienced brewer, we speak your language.

Whatever your craft beer project, we can bring it to life.

König Brewing Systems

KÖNIG Brewing Systems offers world-class brewing solutions. From 1BBL Pilot Systems to 150BBL Production Brew Houses, commercial and craft distilleries KÖNIG has the experience, skill, and facility to take on various project types.

Owned by a Brewer and an Engineer with over 30 years of industry experience and over 500 breweries built, KÖNIG is here to do what we do best, build innovative world-class brewing equipment, and provide exceptional customer service.

Degong beer brewery equipment

If you are looking for the manufacturer and the supplier of the world-class brewery equipment or the designs and solutions of the world’s top brewery systems in China, here is the right place you are looking for.

Degong beer brewery equipment started in 2011, then we were in mass of production and distribution of micro brew tanks. And we built a new factory in Dezhou city, to be better to provide our customers with the world’s top quality brewery systems and equipment. We have been honored to work with the most respected nano, micro and craft breweries in the Ireland, USA, Canada, Mexico and Belgium.

Degong will be your qualified fabrication partner, will rely on our global partners, to help you grow your nano, micro, and craft brewery from the ground up. We provide turn-key support from your brewery start to finish, and with brewery layout, floor plan design, beer brewing equipment installation, culminating in a wonderful, highly efficient operation.

Gladfield Malt Ltd

Gladfield Malt deals directly through our four Australian-based warehouses in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane. At all times you’ll deal directly with us, so there’s no need to go through an Australian distributor. This means craft brewers all over Australia can talk with us, the growers, doing away with the middle-man and getting a product that’s as fresh as if you were in the paddock next door.

With the most modern malt roaster in Australasia, Gladfield Malt can create a wide range of flavours to suit your next recipe. We also have an on-site laboratory and all our malt batches are rigorously tested to ensure a high-quality, consistent product all year-round. What we’ll ship to you in Australia is the same product we’d sell straight from our farm in Canterbury, New Zealand.

Our Australian warehouses are constantly being refreshed with our full range of malts. When you place an order, your malt will be coming straight from one of our Australian warehouses. That means shorter waiting times, and ensuring you still receive a high-quality malt.

Gladfield Malt provides recipe conversions and our app is available on the iOS and Android stores. With our unique flavours of both coloured and specialty malt products – all with very high efficiencies – Gladfield Malt will keep you ahead in the market. Before it’s a great beer, it’s a great malt.

Every one of Gladfield Malt’s 36 varieties is available to Australian craft brewers, with no minimum order.

Australia queries and new Australian customers please contact:
Australian Sales:
Phone +61 408 608 857 or +64 27 392 7543

DME Process Systems Ltd.

DME Process Systems Ltd. is the leader in the craft beer brewing industry and has become the preferred supplier of equipment to craft brewing customers around the world. DME prides itself on being a customer’s best resource for the planning, design, fabrication, management, and successful execution of each unique brewery project.


Petainer kegs are a lightweight, low-cost alternative to traditional steel kegs and offer significant supply chain benefits, helping you to access low rotation or new export markets, manage seasonal peaks, and increase your flexibility. Our kegs are designed to meet the highest industry standards for safety and product protection and are trusted by some of the largest brewing brands in the world.

Petainer is a specialist PET packaging company and industry leader in manufacturing one-way kegs, one-way preforms/bottles and refillable PET bottles with recycled content. We have over thirty-five years of technical experience in polymer containers and serve markets around the world, including Europe, Russia, the Americas and Asia.

Petainer has global operations in Europe, Russia, The Americas, Asia and Oceania offering local manufacturing and international technical support. Our core manufacturing sites in the Czech Republic (Aš), Sweden (Lidköping) use 100% clean energy, and the company has achieved a CSR Gold Rating by EcoVadis. This places Petainer in the top 1% of all plastics manufacturers evaluated by EcoVadis.

Synergy Custom Solutions

Synergy Custom Solutions supplies everything you need for your brewhouse, brew-pub or distillery. Whether you’re a start-up, expanding your operation, or simply changing your approach to your brewing business, we are here to help you achieve those goals. Our portfolio includes:


  • Turnkey brewhouses, designed and customized to suit your specific needs
  • Brewhouse components if you need only certain items:
    • Tanks – Fermenters, Bright tanks, Unitanks, Grain silos
    • Grain conveying systems
    • Boilers & burners
    • Keg washers and fillers
    • Air compressors and drier systems
    • Glycol chillers
  • Cold rooms
  • Front of house beer dispensing solutions
  • Glycol hydronics pipework design and installation
  • Specialized gas installations (Type A and Type B)
  • Fabrication
  • Hard pipe work


  • Canning lines
  • Labelling machines
  • Shrink label applicators
  • Date code printers
  • Conveyors
  • Pack-off tables / accumulators – manual and automated
  • Carton erectors
  • Taping machines
  • PakTech and Bio carrier applicators
  • Palletizers – semi automated & fully automated
  • Depalletizers – electro-mechanical & robotic systems


  • Complete distilleries
  • Distillery components
    • Stills
    • Tanks
    • Boilers
    • Explosion proof motors and pumps
  • Fabrication

If there is something that you need and it doesn’t show on the list, just ask us!

On the business side, we provide guidance and support to new and growing businesses – such as

  • Business plan
  • Equipment configuration based on the estimated output
  • Floor plan
  • Trades coordination
  • Contingency for expansion
  • Recipe formulation
  • Standard operating procedures for the 100 – odd steps in brewing a batch

We take the pain out of researching manufacturers, sourcing equipment and door to door delivery management. Our trusted local and overseas manufacturers are the best professional providers for superior quality products and service. Add personalised service to the mix, and the result is what we provide to you, our customers. More importantly, Synergy provides pre-and post-sales support, end-to-end equipment delivery, fabrication, installation, and maintenance services.

You name it, we will do our very best to supply it! You will soon know if we can’t help you – because we’ll tell you. Simple as that.

Contact Gavin on +61 411 959 357 for further details or to lodge your enquiry