AIA Trust Guide to Brewery Design
By Jeffrey Clay Ruebel Esq. & Casey Ann Quillen, Esq.
The production and retail sale of alcohol has a long history in the United States, interrupted only by Prohibition in the 20th century. Because of this, those who provide services to the alcohol industry have historical data to assess the risks and benefits of engaging in the alcohol industry. However, public taste and demand inevitably change, which results in changes and disruptions in historical patterns.
The explosive growth in craft breweries has not only changed the types of beers that Americans drink, but it has also changed where Americans drink their beer. The craft beer craze has even reached into architecture—Donut Island Brewing and Hiisi Brewing Company in Finland have created a limited edition pale ale celebrating the collaborative nature of architectural work: Revision Cloud Architectural Pale Ale.
Small breweries are centers of innovation and revitalization of the alcohol industry, and their business contributions to the overall economy are significant and invaluable. The demand for craft beers has resulted in a comparable growth in commercial space being utilized for brewing, along with space for pubs and restaurants.
The regulation and requirements for a craft brewery, however, are often different than those of a larger commercial brewery. The same general building, management and commercial construction principles apply, but to understand the design requirements for the smaller brewery, design professionals need to consider issues of utilizing space efficiently; of public safety; and of the risk of potential contamination and product liability. This paper addresses design issues and considerations for a design professional who is considering working on a craft brewery.
Jeff Ruebel is an AV-rated attorney who was also honored as a Denver Post Top Lawyer 2017. He is an experienced trial lawyer who uses that experience to advise design and construction firms on legal matters. He regularly presents on topics of concern to design professionals, in all aspects of a design practice.
Casey Ann Quillen is recognized by SuperLawyers as a leading lawyer is construction defect litigation. She focuses her practice on civil litigation, as well as lien and claim litigation. She has presented on current topics to the local AIA on several occasions.
Ruebel & Quillen, LLC is a civil litigation firm located in Westminster, Colorado. The firm is known for quality representation at reasonable rates.