Beer Fact Friday: The Grundy Tank
If you’ve ever had the pleasure—nay, the *privilege*—to experience a tour of Four Peaks, you’ve probably encountered a grundy tank. These inexpensive steel vessels were mass-produced in the U.K. during the 1950s and ‘60s, but became popular with brewers in the U.S. in the ‘80s and ‘90s; more on that in a minute.
Though they were originally made to dispense carbonated beer from pub cellars, the grundy’s versatility has enabled brewers to make use of them in almost every stage of the brewing process, from fermentation to conditioning to bright beer storage. Some brewpubs (like ours on 8th Street) even use them as serving tanks. They are usually sized to contain either 8.5, 7, or 3.5 barrels of beer—the equivalent of 17, 14, or 7 kegs, respectively.
The grundy tank holds a special place in the hearts of everyone at Four Peaks, because selling them initially funded our operation. Initially strapped for cash, the Four Peaks founders discovered that grundy tanks were in high demand among American craft brewers, so they imported shiploads of the beasts from the U.K. and sold them to budding breweries across the States. If you ever see one in the wild, chances are it came from Four Peaks.