Symbiont’s Molson Coors Beverage Company Project Recognized as a Top Project Winner
The Daily Reporter, Wisconsin’s construction authority since 1897, recently recognized outstanding achievements by Wisconsin builders, owners, engineers, architects, and more in its annual Top Projects awards list. This year, one of Symbiont’s projects is honored: Molson Coors Beverage Company Blue Moon LightSky.
About Molson Coors Beverage Company Blue Moon LightSky Project:
Molson Coors Beverage Company installed a new, large-scale dry hopping system capable of handling an increase in volume for new and future products, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This system services four 5,000-barrel fermenters and is fully automated to reduce operator labor and optimize production.
With their new Blue Moon LightSky light citrus wheat beer fast-tracked for the market, Symbiont modified several existing fermenters to enable temporary production of the new variety. Meanwhile, Symbiont expedited the full-scale system, advising the brewery on the best fermenter technology and providers.
Once the proprietary dry hopping system and a hop conveyance system were selected, Symbiont determined system layout and designed and constructed a new building to fit the process equipment. Symbiont procured and installed the equipment— including skids from Germany—and identified tie-ins for process and utilities.
To provide a fully integrated system, Symbiont completed interfacing between the skid-based programmable logic controllers and the brewery’s existing control system, as well as assisted with permitting. The changes were accomplished on an aggressive schedule to keep up with the demand for the new beverage.
Molson Coors invested more than $20 million in its brewing and packaging operations which will allow the Milwaukee brewery to eventually quadruple its production of Blue Moon LightSky. Its brand-new slim and industry standard can filler allows the brewery to package nearly 2,000 cans per minute. Blue Moon LightSky was the No. 1 new beer of 2020.