Opening a Brewery Summer 2021? Order Soon

Are you planning opening a brewery summer 2021? If you are then you might want to think about ordering soon.

It came to my attention today because I received and email from the Netherlands. The email was asking which equipment manufactures would I recommend in China.

He said there was no rush, as it’s for the summer of 2021. However, I started to the mental calculations and thought to myself. I am not so sure about that; you might want to get a move on…

I’m not advising you to order right now. But, just consider the logistics AND that there could be an unprecedented rush for orders in early 2021.

If you wait too long; you might not get your brewhouse in time, from your preferred supplier if they’ve too many orders to fulfil.

Now could be time to reach out to different equipment manufacturers and think about brewhouse design, if nothing else.

Opening a Brewery Summer 2021

I spoke to some Chinse equipment manufacturers and they’re already seeing an uptick in brewhouse orders. They agree with me; many people are looking to open a brewery in the summer of 2021.

One supplier I spoke to, said this:

“We are already seeing a little inquiry increase from different areas, I hope that it’ll be getting better. And the positive news of the vaccine in US, Russia and Europe. Hopefully, life will slowly get back to normal in 2021

Equipment manufacturer, China

I spoke with 3 manufacturers; they all feel positive for 2021 and expect to see a rush in orders

I was recently helping to sell two brewhouses cheaply; they were on special offer, being ex-exhibition systems. They’re actually still on for sale…why?

In Shanghai and ready to be shipped20HL ex-exhibition kit for sale

Warehoused in London and ready to ship10HL ex-exhibition kit for sale

Well because everyone interested in the systems said it was too early, and they are planning opening a brewery summer 2021. People are expecting the vaccine to open up their country; allowing people to socialize and drink in public again.

So, if you plan on opening a brewery summer 2021, you need to think about ordering a brewhouse soon? Because…

Christmas/Festive Season and Chinese New Year – Opening a Brewery Summer 2021

As I write this, a week before Christmas, many Western businesses close down or are extremely busy during the Christmas period. So, it might be early January 2021 before any business decision is made.

Then you have Chinese New Year (CNY) where everything stops for 7-10 days in China as everyone goes back to their hometown. In 2021, Chinese New Year is on February 12th.

Opening a Brewery Summer 2021

It’s the biggest migration of people, with millions all travelling at once. People may have to stand for 36 hours on a train, as there are no seats left.

Anyway, I digress, if you wait till after Western new year to think about your equipment. And then effectively lose 2 weeks in February where everything stops for CNY and then slowly starts up again.

You might be looking at the end of February before some real decisions can be made if you’re are prone to procrastination. Then you need to think about lead times for manufacturing and shipping of the equipment from China.

How Long to Fabricate and Ship Equipment from China?

I asked three equipment manufacturers how long it takes to fabricate the equipment and then ship it to the West. Please see the table below, for the answers they gave me:

Opening a Brewery Summer 2021

So, on average you’re looking at 90 days, after signing a contract plus paying the first instalment before expecting to receive your brewhouse. That’s not taking into account unforeseen delays at port, internal transportation in country or for the equipment to clear customs.

Furthermore, manufacturing can sometimes take longer; depending on the size of the brewhouse, the design as well as materials used.

But You Haven’t Factored in Planning a Brewhouse Design!

When planning a brewery, it can take a while for the customer working with manufacturer to figure out the best layout. In my experience it will take a minimum of 2 weeks but more likely a month to lock in a design.

So, as you can see, if all goes well, timelines to be ready for the summer 2021 is already getting tight. That’s not including an extra 20 days (average time) for the install of the brewhouse once it has arrived.

So, let’s look at the timeline:

Opening a Brewery Summer 2021 - Timeline for Ordering

So, if all goes well and there’s no unforeseen delays due to logistics. Roughly 5 months for a brewhouse to be ready if you’re ordering from China. Then there’s time lost for the festive season and CNY.

Conclusions – Opening a Brewery Summer 2021

I know there are other factors, like delay in ordering a brewhouse until you have a building. I am not looking to scare people. Just stating the facts that if you’re planning opening a brewery summer 2021, please don’t wait too long.

I am advising my clients to at least start working with me, on sizing a brewery, brewhouse design, getting initial quotes and forming a relationship with a few Chinese manufactures. So, if there’s a rush they’ll be at the front of the queue.

If you need help with any of the following:

  • Sizing a brewery
  • Brewhouse design
  • Sourcing and speaking with equipment manufacturers in China
  • Getting quotes from different suppliers, breaking prices down and evaluating them
  • Need someone to inspect the fabrication of a brewery being made in China and sign off before shipping

Then please feel free to reach out; either by leaving a comment below, reaching out to me on social media (see the QR codes below) or sending me an email to:

I am UK brewer with 25 years of international experience, whose done many brewhouse installs. Now based in China, having first brewed here in 2010. I now work as brewing consultant helping people with their brew projects.

Anyway, thanks for reading my article, have a good day and happy brewing.



Here are a couple of testimonials from people I have worked with:

Here are some more articles that you might find useful:

–> The minimum equipment list, you need to start your brewery, on a budget – Minimum Brewery Equipment List

–> How much it costs to start a brewery – Microbrewery Set Up Costs Lowdown

–> Preparing a building for a brewery install – 8 Brewery Building Preparation Tips

–> What to lookout for when buy Chinese Brewing Equipment – 5 Tips When Buying Chinese Brewing Equipment

Neil Playfoot

Neil is a brewer with 25 years international brewing experience. Based out of China (first came in 2010) he works as a brewing consultant helping brewers with their projects and brewing processes. To find out what services Neil can provide your brewery please click here. If you'd like to contact Neil you can email at
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