Contract Brewing

Signal was established in Croydon in 2016 and our focus has always been on ‘pure and fresh’.

As well as making our own core range of delicious beers, we provide a one-stop contract brewing and mobile canning service to breweries and beer brands across London and the South East.

Contract brewing with us is popular among new beer brands as well as established breweries wanting to expand their production because it avoids making a major investment in equipment or personnel. Outsourcing to us also enables our craft brewing clients to produce experimental or seasonal beers or increase the volumes of their core beers as they grow.

CONTRACT BREWING

As an established contract brewer we offer a complete end-to-end service, and work with our brewery and beer brand partners to find them capacity in the tanks.

Some provide the recipe, raw materials, and packaging, leaving us to handle production of their beer ready for distribution from our cold store facility.

With others, we work in partnership with the brewer to develop a recipe, source raw materials, produce the beer and oversee packaging.

We offer a one-stop contract brewing service for 1,000 to 3,400 litre batches and these can be packaged into can, keg or cask.

Get in touch if you would like us to look at a specific beer concept, and we can arrange a visit to the brewery to meet the team and discuss your requirements in detail.

MOBILE CANNING

We work with a number of London-based breweries and brewers within 90 minutes of our South London brewery and also supply naked 330ml cans and a labelling service. 

Our CASK mobile canning system has 3 heads and emits around 12 cans/minute (50 x 12 pack cases/hour) and can be set up at your premises within an hour of arrival.

We will ideally make a site visit to you in advance to discuss the beer style, yeast drops and carbonation levels so that we can work seamlessly on the day.  

Get in touch to discuss your canning needs, and confirm availability, logistics, beer style and carbonation.

CONTRACT BREWING: A FEW CONSIDERATIONS

If you are considering starting a craft beer business, or an existing brewer looking to expand your production, contract brewing at our south London brewery may be the right option for you. We offer multiple advantages in terms of cost, quality, and flexibility.

Before we proceed, here are some important questions to consider.

What licenses do I require before I start?

Several! If you are new to brewing, you require specific licenses, including the most important one: a wholesalers licence. Please ask us about this straight away as we are unable to proceed without it.

What is the budget for contract brewing?

We will send you a contract brewing questionnaire so that you can factor in the cost of ingredients, haulage, packaging and cold storage with us. This allows us to discuss all the costs of contract brewing with you and agree the aims with you in advance of making any formal agreements.

What is the production capacity at Signal?

Our one-stop contract brewing service is suitable for 1,000 to 3,400 litre batches.

What kind of beers (and spirits) can Signal produce?

If you have a specific beer style in mind, we will aim to accommodate it. We have an array of experience of brewing including lagers, pale ales, IPA’s and porters. We also produce craft spirits at our partner distillery in East Sussex. The portfolio currently includes gin, vodka and rums. Check out our beers and spirits.

How will you handle quality control?

When you are not in control of the brewing process, it can be difficult to ensure that the quality of your beer is consistent from batch to batch. We have strict procedures for our quality control for all our contract brewing arrangements and we have held SALSA accreditation for 3 years.

Who will handle the distribution of my beer?

There are a few things to consider when thinking about who will distribute your beer. The first is whether you want to self-distribute or use a distributor. Self-distribution means that you will be responsible for delivering your beer to retailers.
Distributors have relationships with retailers and can likely get your beer into stores quicker than if you were to do it yourself.
We can offer you cold storage at Signal whilst you decide how to distribute.

How soon can you start contract brewing for me?

Availability of ingredients, recipe specifics and capacity in our fermenters will dictate how soon your contract brewer can start.
Our availability can vary, but we’ll work with you to establish an agreeable timeline for production of your beer or spirits.

Last but not least, does Signal have a good reputation?

You should always research a potential contract brewer’s reputation before making any decisions, reading reviews and talking to other brewers who have used their services. You want to make sure they’re reliable and that other people have been happy with their work. While we don’t publicise which breweries we work with, we’re very happy to put you in touch with existing contract brewing customers so you can hear their feedback directly.

If you’re looking for a reliable contract brewing partner, we would love to chat with you about how we can help. Contact us today to learn more!