Wiltshire brewery, Arkell’s will take delivery of over £200,000 of new beer barrels over the next five years.
Each barrel, made out of stainless steel, costs £70, holds 72 pints of beer and has ‘Arkell’s Brewery’ embossed around the collar.
Head Brewer, Alex Arkell, who took over brewing responsibilities just last month, is delighted.
“Traditionally, of course, beer barrels were made out of wood and bound by metal hoops. They were made by a Cooper and the cooper’s fire is still in existence here at the brewery.
“However, much as I appreciate tradition, steel barrels are much easier to clean, better for maintaining quality and consistency of the beer and we’ve been using metal (aluminimum) barrels probably since the 1960s. Now it’s time for some new ones to keep Arkell’s Ales arriving at our pubs in tip top condition.”