Live Oak Brewing Company Choose Homegrown Floor Solution for New Brewery

Having faced difficulties finding a suitable flooring material geared up to withstand the daily operations of its old brewhouse, Texan craft brewer, Live Oak Brewing Company, turned to Flowcrete Americas and STAR applicator partner, DLS Flooring Systems to provide a homegrown solution that would be up to the challenge in its new facility. 

Based just outside of downtown Austin, TX, Live Oak is lauded as the county’s original craft brewer, having been producing old-school lagers and ales in the region since 1997.

Nestled among majestic groves of live oaks on a patch of prime Texas landscape along the Colorado River, Live Oak Brewing Company’s new brewery features a purpose-built taproom and biergarten, which is open to patrons looking to sample an authentic, old-style European brew.

Having experienced several problems with flooring materials in his original facility, Live Oak Founder and Proprietor, Chip McElroy, challenged general contractor, Structura, who was charged with overseeing the new construction to find a material that would offer the necessary chemical, slip and thermal shock resistance needed in the cellar.

After an initial product review process, Live Oak Brewing Company appointed local installation specialist DLS Flooring Systems, led by John Guidry, to install a small test area to determine how Flowcrete Americas’ cementitious urethane mortar, Flowfresh HF would hold up in a live operating environment.

Flowfresh HF is a highly durable, trowel applied cementitious mortar that is installed at thicknesses up to 3/8”. Designed for the most arduous of food manufacturing environments the system offers clients an excellent chemical resistance profile combined with temperature resistance up to 250°F intermittently – ideal for environments subject to high temperature processes and hot water washdowns.

The system is also positively textured underfoot to minimize the risk of slip-fall accidents, particularly in damp or moist conditions like those found in the brewhouse. Containing a silver-ion based antimicrobial additive, the system is also able to act as a second line of defense between wash cycles when it comes to the clean barrier, protecting the surface from bacteria, mold and fungi.

After a successful trial period, Live Oak selected Flowfresh HF for the production and bottling areas of its new construction, representing over 10,000 sq ft in Dark Gray with approximately 350 lineal feet of accompanying cove base to provide a safe and hygienic transition between the floor and wall.

John Luck of Live Oak Brewing commented on the installation: “After our concrete had turned to sand and old epoxy had peeled away, we put down Flowfresh HF and found a durable, chemical-resistant floor.

"DLS Flooring Systems did a fast and neat job putting Flowfresh HF on old, wet concrete in our keg pit, where we use (and spill) the highest concentrations of acid and caustic.

“We bounced, dropped, and scraped 20,000 kegs on the test patch over the course of a year, but Flowfresh HF held up beautifully to the chemical, mechanical and thermal punishment, so we chose Flowfresh HF for our new brewery.

“DLS did quick professional work putting Flowfresh HF in our cellar and packaging hall. The new floor passed construction, rigging, and commissioning with flying colors, and I don't think about it until it's time to wash it back to looking brand new.”

Certified by HACCP International and recommended as safe for use in food production, processing and packaging facilities operating a HACCP based Food Safety Plan; Flowfresh HF has been used extensively by food and beverage brands across the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

The opening of Live Oak Brewing Company’s new brewhouse and biergarten comes as Flowcrete Americas prepares to head to Philadelphia for the annual Craft Brewers Conference & Brew Expo America hosted by the Brewer’s Association.

The event takes place at the Philadelphia Convention Center May 3 – 6 2016 and will feature the latest innovations from the world of craft brewing.

To find out more about Flowfresh cementitious urethane flooring solutions, or to read up on the breweries that have been transformed, visit www.flowcreteamericas.com.

Download Flowcrete Americas’ Brewery Flooring Guide at http://www.flowcreteamericas.com/media/4570/flowcrete-americas-brewery-flooring-guide.pdf.

Press Contact

To contact Flowcrete Americas please visit www.flowcreteamericas.com/contact-us or contact Daniel Ash at Flowcrete Group’s Marketing department on 44 (0)1270 758 702 or email dan.ash@flowcrete.com.

Notes to Editors

Flowcrete Americas, part of Flowcrete Group Ltd, has offices based in Spring, Texas.

Flowcrete Group has manufacturing facilities across the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa.

Flowcrete supplies world-class seamless flooring solutions to transform environments across the globe, including decorative seamless resins, waterproof park deck coating systems, seamless resin terrazzo, durable antimicrobial flooring, corrosion protection and cementitious self-levelling underlayments.

Flowcrete’s ambitious and dedicated team is inspired by excellence in people, products and service as well as continual innovation and sustainable growth. Flowcrete continues to use its global expertise to introduce environmentally friendly, hygienic and aesthetically attractive floors to create a better and more sustainable world.

For more information please visit www.flowcreteamericas.com

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The Live Oak Brewery Company selected Flowfresh HF for the production and bottling areas of its new facility, representing over 10,000 sq ft in Dark Gray with approximately 350 lineal feet of accompanying cove base to provide a safe and hygienic transition between the floor and wall.
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We bounced, dropped, and scraped 20,000 kegs on the test patch over the course of a year, but Flowfresh HF held up beautifully to the chemical, mechanical and thermal punishment, so we chose Flowfresh HF for our new brewery.
John Luck, Live Oak Brewing