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Dana Johnson
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Brewery, Winery and Beverage Plant Cleaning, Sanitizing and Process Aid Products

Birko manufactures a complete line of specialty cleaning and processing aids for brewery, winery and beverage production. Our products are non-caustic, faster and more effective than traditional hot caustic cleaning. And most importantly, they don’t affect the flavor of the beer!


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Don’t Let Your Brand Take On An Unwanted Flavor Profile!

Soil and scale buildup in mash/lautertuns, brewkettles, heat exchangers, fermentation vessels, kegs, fillers, columns and saccharification tanks can cause a reduced ability to transfer heat, infections, off-flavors, equipment failure and costly downtime.

In response, Birko’s chemists have formulated products that remove beerstones, provide yeast washing, aid in brewery keg cleaning with both acid and detergent, and reduce biofilms in the brewery. Our cleaning protocols can reduce the amount of expensive antibiotics used to control bacteria while maximizing yield. Many of Birko’s formulas are based on food-grade acid and include chlorine dioxide, nitric/phosphoric, iodophor, peracetic acid (PAA) and quaternary ammonium.

Birko also provides backset treatments, anti-foaming agents (both silicone and non-silicone) and chemical dispensing equipment.

For more information or to place an order:
Please contact Dana Johnson, Birko’s brewery specialist, at 800-525-0476 or email . We service what we sell 24/7!


Many Birko Customers are Consistent Winners at the World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival

Take a look at Birko’s 2016 medal winning customers list. Birko congratulates these fine breweries on their awards!

 

World Beer Cup

Brewery and Brewmaster Awards:

World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster
Small Brewpub
12Degree Brewing, Louisville, CO
Jon Howland & Tor O’Brien

Gold Medal Winners:

12Degree Brewing, Louisville, CO
Treachery (Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale)

Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, MO
The Sixth Glass (Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale)

Central Coast Brewing Co., San Luis Obispo, CA
Lucky Day (American-Style Strong Pale Ale)

Comrade Brewing Co., Denver, CO
Yellow Fever (Chili Beer)

Denver Beer Co. – Canworks, Denver, CO
Summit Sunrise (Double Red Ale)

Dry Dock Brewing Co. – North Dock, Aurora, CO
Amber (Ordinary or Special Bitter)

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. – Arroyo Grande, Santa Barbara, CA
I Dunkled in My Pants (European-Style Dark/Muenchner Dunkel)

Four Peaks Brewing Co. – Wilson Street, Tempe, AZ
Kilt Lifter (Scottish-Style Ale)

Independence Brewing, Austin, TX
Power & Light Pale (Golden or Blonde Ale)

Kane Brewing, Ocean, NJ
A Night to End All Dawns (Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout)

La Quinta Brewing Co., Palm Desert, CA
Bourbon Barrel Aged Koffi Porter (Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer)

Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, CO
Fade to Black, Volume 1 (Export Stout)

Liquid Riot Bottling Co., Portland, ME
Blushing Star (Brett Beer)

Medusa Brewing Co., Hudson, MA
Duchovni (Bohemian-Style Pilsner)

Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, CO
90 Shilling (German-Style Altbier)

Odyssey Beerwerks, Arvada, CO
Clan Warrior Scotch Ale (Scotch Ale)

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Mills River, NC
Otra Vez (Session Beer)

Stony Creek Brewery, Branford, CT
Dock Time (Vienna-Style Lager)

Silver Medal Winners:

AleSmith Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
AleSmith Wee Heavy (Scotch Ale)

Bruery Terreux, Placentia, CA
Oude Tart (Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ale

CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing, Fort Collins, CO
Punjabi Pale Ale (English-Style India Pale Ale)

Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Dallas, TX
Four Swords (Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale)

Dry Dock Brewing Co. – South Dock, Aurora, CO
Pilsner (German-Style Pilsner)

Farnam House Brewing Co., Omaha, NE
Farnam House Biere de Garde (Belgian- and French-Style Ale)

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland, CO
Little Red Cap (German-Style Altbier)

Karbach Brewing Co., Houston, TX
Mother in Lager (European-Style Dark/Muenchner Dunkel)

Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, CO
Sawtooth Ale (Ordinary or Special Bitter)

Monday Night Brewing, Atlanta, GA
Laissez-Faire (Other Strong Beer)

North High Brewing, Columbus, OH
Pale Ale (American-Style Pale Ale)

Ploughshare Brewing Co., Lincoln, NE
Pivo Bublina (German-Style Bock or Maibock)

Second Street Brewery, Santa Fe, NM
Trebuchet (Imperial India Pale Ale)

Smog City Brewing Co., Torrance, CA
Sabre-Toothed Squirrel (American-Style Amber/Red Ale)

Telluride Brewing Co., Telluride, CO
Whacked Out Wheat (American Style Wheat Beer)

Utah Brewers Cooperative, Salt Lake City, UT
Polygamy Nitro Porter (Brown Porter)

Bronze Medal Winners:

12Degree Brewing, Louisville, CO
Soleil Saison (French & Belgian-Style Saison)

The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., Austin, TX
Rocket 100 (American-Style Lager)

Bauhaus Brew Labs, Minneapolis, MN
Wonderstuff (International-Style Lager)

Bemidji Brewing Co., Bemidji, MN
German Blonde (Golden or Blonde Ale)

Bootstrap Brewing, Niwot, CO
Wreak Havoc (Imperial Red Ale)

Funkwerks, Fort Collins, CO
Deceit (Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale)

Marble Brewery, Albuquerque, NM
Pilsner (Kellerbier or Zwickelbier)

Mountain Sun Breweries, Denver, CO
Black Aria Baltic Porter (Baltic-Style Porter)

Night Shift Brewing, Everett MA
Santilli (American-Style India Pale Ale)

Red Leg Brewing Co., Colorado Springs, CO
Blue Nose Brown (Brown Porter)

SKA Brewing Co., Durango, CO
True Blonde Ale (English-Style Summer Ale)

Spangalang Brewery, Denver, CO
Sugarfoot Belgian Table Beer (Other Belgian-Style Ale)

Strange Craft Beer Co., Denver, CO
2012 Dr. Strangelove Barleywine (Aged Beer)

Swamp Head Brewery, Gainesville, FL
Cranberry Beet Wild Night (Field Beer)

Tallgrass Brewing Co., Manhattan, KS
Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat (Herb and Spice Beer)

Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, IL
Domaine DuPage (Belgian- and French-Style Ale)

Upslope Brewing Co. – Flatiron Park, Boulder, CO
Upslope Brown Ale (American-Style Brown Ale)

Wander Brewing, Bellingham, WA
Wild Warehouse (Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer)

WeldWerks Brewing Co., Greeley, CO
Puesta del Sol (Vienna-Style Lager)

http://www.worldbeercup.org

 

Great American Beer Festival

2016 Brewery and Brewer of the Year Awards:

Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year
Sponsored by Country Malt Group
The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., Austin TX
Amos Swifty Kim

Gold Medal Winners:

RAM/Big Horn Brewery – Wheeling, Wheeling, IL
Chaos (Chocolate Beer)

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden, CO
Trump Hands (Session India Pale Ale)

Denver Beer Co. – Canworks, Denver, CO
Drama Queen (Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer)

Aeronaut Brewing Co., Somerville, MA
Robot Crush (American-Style or International-Style Pilsener)

El Segundo Brewing Co., El Segundo, CA
Casa Azul (American-Style Amber Lager or Dark Lager)

The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., Austin, TX
Industry (German-Style Pilsener)

Bagby Beer Co., Oceanside, CA
Sweet Ride (Bohemian-Style Pilsener)

Figueroa Mountain Brewing – Buellton, Buellton, CA
I Dunkled in My Pants (European-Style Dark Lager/Munich-Style Dunkel)

Central Coast Brewing Co., San Luis Obispo, CA
General Schwarz (German-Style Schwarzbier)

Rip Current Brewery, San Marcos, CA
Breakline Bock (Bock)

Lynnwood Brewing Concern, Raleigh, NC
Drop Bear Australian Pale Ale (Australian-Style or International-Style Pale Ale)

Bootstrap Brewing Co., Niwot, CO
Stick’s Pale Ale (American-Style Pale Ale) 

Lion Bridge Brewing Co., Cedar Rapids, IA
Workman’s Compensation (English-Style Mild Ale)

Black Raven Brewing Co., Redmond, WA
Redfeather (Extra Special Bitter)

Lynnwood Brewing Concern – Production Facility, Raleigh, NC
Once You Go (American-Style Black Ale)

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse, Loveland, CO
Little Red Cap (German-Style Altbier)

Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden, CO
Solid Gold (Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale)

The Post Brewing Co., Lafayette, CO
Archtertuin Seizoen Farmhouse Ale (Classic Saison)

Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, IL
Domaine DuPage (Belgian- and French-Style Ale)

Elm City Brewing Co., Keene, NH
Abbey Dubbel (Belgian-Style Dubbel or Quadrupel)

Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME
Allagash Tripel (Belgian-Style Tripel)

Copper Kettle Brewing Co., Denver, CO
Blond (Other Belgian-Style Ale)

Real Ale Brewing Co., Blanco, TX
Real Heavy (Scotch Ale)

AleSmith Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
AleSmith Old Numbskull (Barley Wine-Style Ale) 

Silver Medal Winners:

Duck Foot Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
The Contender IPA with Fresh Chilis (Chili Beer)

Benchmark Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
Oatmeal Stout (Session Beer) 

Nebraska Brewing Co. – Papillion, Papillion, NE
Mélange À Trois (Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer)

Arts District Brewing Co., Los Angeles, CA
Cowboy Curtis (Smoke Beer)

Dry Dock Brewing Co. – South Dock, Aurora, CO
Helles (Munich-Style Helles)

Craft Brew Alliance – Kona Brewery, Kailua-Kona, HI
Longboard Island Lager (Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest)

Front Range Brewing Co., Lafayette, CO
Piney Ridge Dunkel (European-Style Dark Lager/Munich-Style Dunkel) 

Fiction Beer Co., Denver, CO
Alternate Present (German-Style Schwarzbier)

Central Coast Brewing Co., San Luis Obispo, CA
Monterey Street (American-Style Pale Ale)

Black Tooth Brewing Co., Sheridan, WY
Saddle Bronc Brown (English-Style Mild Ale)

Craft Brew Alliance – Widmer, Portland, OR
Drop Top Amber Ale (Ordinary or Special Bitter)

Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co., Glenwood Springs, CO
St. James Irish Red Ale (Irish-Style Red Ale)

Upslope Brewing Co. – Flatiron Park, Boulder, CO
Upslope Brown Ale (American-Style Brown Ale)

Prost Brewing, Denver, CO
Weiβbier (South German-Style Hefeweizen)

Wicked Weed Brewing – Asheville, Asheville, NC
Lunatic (Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale)

Nebraska Brewing Co. – Papillion, Papillion, NE
Responsibly (Belgian-Style Dubbel or Quadrupel)

Heretic Brewing Co., Fairfield, CA
Shallow Grave (Robust Porter)

Yards Brewing Co., Philadelphia, PA
Love Stout (Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout)

Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, CO
Fade to Black, Volume 1 (Export Stout)

Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, Farmville, NC
Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout (Sweet Stout or Cream Stout)

Bronze Medal Winners:

Wasatch Brewery, Salt Lake City, UT
Apricot Hefeweizen (Fruit Wheat Beer) 

Independence Brewing Co., Austin, TX
Redbud with Cucumber (Field Beer) 

Lion Bridge Brewing Co., Cedar Rapids, IA
GAZPROMI (Specialty Beer)

No Clue Craft Brewery, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Belgian Honey Blonde Ale (Honey Beer)

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery – Boulder, Boulder, CO
Wild & Crazy Rye (Historical Beer)

Marble Brewery, Albuquerque, NM
Pilsner (Kellerbier or Zwickelbier)

SKA Brewing, Durango, CO
Mexican Logger (American-Style or International-Style Pilsener)

Craft Brew Alliance – Omission, Portland, OR
Lager (American-Style Lager or Ice Lager or Malt Liquor)

Figueroa Mountain Brewing – Buellton, Buellton, CA
Lighter Than I Look (American-Style Amber Lager or Dark Lager)

The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., Austin, TX
Hell Yes (Munich-Style Helles)

Figueroa Mountain Brewing – Westlake Village, Westlake Village, CA
Figtoberfest (Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest)

Figueroa Mountain Brewing – Arroyo Grande, Arroyo Grande, CA
Once You Go Schwarz… (German-Style Schwarzbier)

La Cumbre Brewing Co., Albuquerque, NM
Siberian Silk (Baltic-Style Porter)

Bemidji Brewing Co., Bemidji, MN
German Blonde Ale (Golden or Blonde Ale)

Solemn Oath Brewery, Naperville, IL
Lü (German-Style Koelsch)

Smog City Brewing Co., Torrance, CA
Sabre-Toothed Squirrel (American-Style Amber/Red Ale)

Bootstrap Brewing Co., Niwot, CO
Wreak Havoc (Imperial Red Ale)

Kootenai River Brewing Co., Bonners Ferry, ID
McGreagor Scottish Ale (Scottish-Style Ale)

CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing, Fort Collins, CO
Not Brown (English-Style Brown Ale)

Telluride Brewing Co., Telluride, CO
Face Down Brown (American-Style Brown Ale)

Spencer Devon Brewing, Fredericksburg, VA
Sunken Road (Belgian-Style Blonde Ale or Pale Ale)

Community Beer Co., Dallas, TX
Witbier (Belgian-Style Witbier)

Baere Brewing Co., Denver, CO
Saison (Classic Saison) 

12Degree Brewing, Louisville, CO
Treachery (Belgian-Style Strong Specialty Ale)

Societe Brewing Co., San Diego, CA
The Volcanist (American-Style Stout)