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Exploring Craft Beer Through an Architect’s Eye

Discovering the Best of Form and Function through Brewery Visits


A brewery is not just a place to grab a cold one, but a perfect site to illustrate the perfect combination of form and function. It is a place where architecture magnificently blends with the brewing process to offer an exhilarating experience.

As an architect, I delight in exploring different breweries, observing the design, and learning the science behind brewing. In this article, I will unveil how a brewery visit offers a thrilling perspective on the balance between efficiency and aesthetics.

Form-minded Design

Breweries are incredible places to witness the form-focused design. Their design comprises intricate detailing, textured walls, vaulted roofs, and attention and detailing on finishes. The minute details like the hand-carved wooden bar or vintage brewing equipment draw attention to the visual beauty of the place.

A well-designed brewery sets a particular vibe for the visitors. For instance, brimming with history, the Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg has a cozy feel, with a well-lit, rustic-looking bar and brewing tanks in the background. In contrast, the modern Sam Adams Brewery in Boston looks fresh, reflecting the craft beer brand’s innovative and cutting-edge technology.

Function-minded Design

Apart from aesthetics, breweries give a glimpse of the importance of functional design. The brewing process demands a layout that prioritizes efficiency, and as such, most of the successful breweries have their production facilities as the focal point of their design.

For instance, the Austin Beerworks in Texas has a streamlined production process where raw materials are offloaded straight to the containers, and it slides them along the production line. The brewery’s design maximizes efficiency by ensuring all the equipment is in close proximity, thus minimizing movement and time wastage between the various stages of the brewing process.

The Art and Science of Brewing

Brewing is a precision science, deeply rooted in creativity and art. Located at the intersection of art and science, breweries are the perfect places to understand the brewing process.

From appreciating the diverse flavor notes in different brews to the vision of brewmasters creating the perfect blend, brewery visits are a treat for the senses. Speaking of vision, have you ever marveled at the cascading bubbles of your favorite beer? The formations are a result of a scientific process known as dissolved gas stabilization and offer a mesmerizing spectacle.

In Conclusion

Breweries offer an effortless yet perfect illustration of the combination of form and function. Through brewery visits, architects have an opportunity to observe how the design and brewing process interact in a symbiotic relationship, offering a thrilling experience.

Whether you are a lover of great design, an avid beer enthusiast, or just someone curious about how things work, a visit to your local brewery is a must-do. So, the next time you step into a brewery, take a minute to appreciate the details and the science behind it. You’ll be surprised at what you find.


Dustin is a writer about craft beer and a professional brewer in the city of Chicago. He has written for several magazines and has over a decade of experience in the beer industry. He is currently working on a book about the history of beer in Chicago.

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