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Brewery Consultation

McRae American provides brewery consultation services to breweries of all sizes. Whether you need help planning an entirely new brewery, expanding your current brewery or planning your maintenance strategy, McRae has the knowledge, expertise and resources to translate your business plan into operational capabilities.

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Brewery Consultation Services

McRae offers a variety of brewing services:

  • Brewery Planning
  • Brewery Engineering
  • Brewing & Packaging Automation
  • Audits & Technical Recommendations
  • Process, Equipment & Safety Upgrades
  • MES Solutions
  • Maintenance Strategies

McRae works closely with customers to understand their issues and ideas in order to create a solution that truly matches their vision. McRae's brewery engineering experts ensure that solutions works for all levels of a customer's operation.

Brewery Planning

New Brewery Planning

McRae is experienced in the development of in-depth feasibility and planning studies to deliver budget costs, scope requirements and risk assessments. This experience and expertise within the brewing industry provides a proven approach to managing the design, planning and execution phases of a customer's turnkey brewery site, brewhouse or packaging line.

Brewery Expansion Planning

The McRae team helps customers design and execute expansion strategies in a structured and financially responsible manner. Collaboration through reviewing and challenging a customer's current process ensures the best action plan based on planned expansion rates and current capacity. Recommendations may include controls upgrades, additional equipment, new equipment, or an additional facility to handle an increase in capacity.

Continuous Improvement

McRae identifies valuable improvement opportunities using years of experience and proven analytical techniques in collaboration with customers. Recommended solutions are presented with an outline of the financial benefits and costs of these improvements to help customers make informed decisions.

Areas for consideration may include:

  • Brewing Process Optimization
  • Packaging Solutions
  • Operational Restructuring
  • MES Reporting Services
  • New Technology

Maintenance Strategies & Equipment Reliability

Asset Replacement Planning

McRae provides customers with accurate and practical asset replacement plans for brewing and packaging equipment.

Brewing Audits

Brewing audits highlight inconsistencies and inefficiencies in a process. Recommendations that result from these audits add value from both a quality and a commercial perspective.


Safety Upgrades

McRae's Guardian Safety Systems are designed to be complete and practical safety solutions, providing operators unencumbered access to equipment without compromising their safety. McRae ensures that customers meet or exceed all mandated safety requirements. Guardian safety upgrades include design, controls upgrades, physical guarding, installation, commissioning, training and documentation.


Product quality is paramount but can be difficult to maintain, especially when expanding operations or altering processes. McRae identifies and diagnoses these issues quickly and effectively to consistently brew high-quality beer.

Product Integrity

Product integrity tracking is often not considered until a crisis is at hand. McRae can ensure that a reliable system is in place in the event that product recalls are required.