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AUTOMATION

Michelle Segrest
Contributing Editor

Accelerates Beer
Production

Automation and a focus on
reliable processes are at the
core of a craft-beer business
that grew from a hobby to a
full-time pursuit in less than
10 years.

JASON ROEPER GREW up watching and learning from his uncle, a
hobbyist home brewer. The day he turned 21, Roeper went to his uncle's
house and brewed his first batch of beer. He honed his craft and, in 2007,
submitted his unblended Elderberry Lambic, "Straight Up," to the Sam
Adams Longshot Competition. He was named a finalist, which inspired
him to pursue his dream of becoming a craft-beer brewer.
In 2009, after being laid off from a corporate job, Roeper translated his
longtime vision into a business plan and began the Rivertown Brewing
Company in Lockland, OH. In 2017, he expanded to a larger space in
Monroe, OH, and rebranded the business Rivertown Brewery & Barrel
House (rivertownbrewery.com), which now covers 31,000 sq. ft., including the manufacturing facility and a barbeque restaurant and pub. With a
417-barrel fleet, the company produces 28,000 barrels of beer in 28 flavor
varieties annually, and distributes in 37 U.S. states.
"Everyone said I was crazy and told me I'd never make
a business out of this. This was before craft beer really
caught on," he explained.
Roeper met with the local Small Business Administration and was told to rethink his idea of
starting a beer pub. "I had no restaurant experience, so I couldn't get support on that idea,"
he said. "I just went right into production only.

The Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House in Monroe, OH,
has a 417-barrel fleet. The facility includes a manufacturing and bottling area, barbeque restaurant, and a pub.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Efficient Plant July 2018

Editorial
Implementations
Find Gold In Sustainable Manufacturing
Troubleshoot Control Systems Effectively
Automation Accelerates Beer Production
Lubed Chains Live Long Lives
SAP: Use These Tools For PM Compliance
Protect Your Site From Cyber Attacks
Build The Value Of Your CM Program
Choose The Correct Acclerometer
On The Floor
Intelligent Design Process Delivers For Substation
Solution Focus
Old Compressor Gets New Lease On Life
Products
Index
Showcase
Seeking Reliability
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Find Gold In Sustainable Manufacturing
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Automation Accelerates Beer Production
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Lubed Chains Live Long Lives
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - SAP: Use These Tools For PM Compliance
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Protect Your Site From Cyber Attacks
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Build The Value Of Your CM Program
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Choose The Correct Acclerometer
Efficient Plant July 2018 - On The Floor
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Old Compressor Gets New Lease On Life
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