Beer Packaging Overview

Time to prep for your customers.


Packaging, Bottling, Canning, Overview, Pasteurization


To be successful, i.e., selling your product, most brewers would argue that Packaging is certainly as important as brewing itself.  After all, your goal is to deliver the perfect beer the way you intended to. Packaging done poorly can destroy all that effort.

Packaging should not be treated as an afterthought, and the same quality consciousness we have in brewing should be applied throughout the entire packaging process.

This presentation will introduce you to the most common operations performed on a beer packaging line.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe each stage in packaging bottles or cans
  • Describe the differences between can and bottle packaging lines
  • Describe the differences between craft scale and high-speed packaging lines
  • Describe 2 differences between non-refillable and refillable packaging lines
  • Describe 3 different bottle labeling methods
  • Explain how a tunnel pasteurizer works
  • Calculate a Pasteurization Unit or PU

Lecture developed by

Tom Rutledge

Tom started his career in plant operations at Labatt Breweries, where he trained for several years in brewing, packaging, maintenance and quality. He moved to Labatt’s Engineering department as a project manager, and then specialized in product development as a Packaging Development Engineer.

Tom has worked for many years with material suppliers and packaging equipment manufacturers to develop new packages and improve the quality of the existing ones. He holds several patents on packaging and packaging equipment, and even has one in brewing.

Tom was one of the original 4 industry committee members that established the bottle design and technical agreement for the Canadian beer industry standard mold bottle. Tom chaired the technical committee that governed this agreement for many years, and he still helps audit new suppliers of the bottle.

With InterBrew Tom became the Global Technical Services Coordinator for packaging, and then became the North American Manager of Packaging, Cooling & Dispense Equipment Development for InBev. Tom is now retired but consults part time within the exciting world of beer packaging.

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58 minutes

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Lecture Duration
58 minutes

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