Beyond beer: Designing a safe, stylish microbrewery or distillery

Today, we turn our attention to microbreweries and distilleries, where artistry, science, and hospitality converge. As a commercial interior design firm, we understand the importance of space planning in optimising functionality and efficiency while creating a comfortable and vibrant hospitality venue.

In this post, we will guide you through the essential aspects to consider when designing the interior of a microbrewery, ranging from strategic space planning and equipment selection to flooring and lighting solutions. So, grab a cold brew or gin, and let’s dive in…

Space Planning:

One of the most important aspects of designing the interior of a microbrewery or distillery is space planning. You need to carefully plan the layout of the space to ensure that you have enough room for all of the equipment, including brewing tanks, fermentation vessels, storage, and packaging areas. Consider how the space will be used and the flow of materials, people, and products in the area.

Equipment Selection:

Selecting the right brewing and distilling equipment is essential to creating quality beer and spirits. Consider the type of liquor you plan to produce and choose equipment that meets your needs. You should also consider the space and layout of your microbrewery or distillery when selecting equipment, as larger equipment may require more space and clearance.

Flooring and Walls:

The flooring and walls of your microbrewery or distillery should be able to withstand exposure to moisture and chemicals used in the brewing process. Consider using materials like concrete, epoxy coatings, or tiles that can withstand frequent cleaning and spills.


Adequate lighting is essential as it helps workers to see what they are doing and creates a pleasant atmosphere for customers. You should consider using a combination of natural and artificial lighting to create a bright and welcoming space.

Temperature and Humidity Control:

Temperature and humidity control are critical factors in the brewing and distilling process. You should consider installing an HVAC system that can regulate the temperature and humidity levels in the space.


Safety is paramount in any industrial setting, and a microbrewery or distillery is no exception. Consider installing safety features such as non-slip flooring, proper ventilation, and fire suppression systems.

Branding and Aesthetics:

Finally, you should consider the branding of your product and how that will be reflected in the interior design. The interior should reflect the personality and style of your brand and create a unique experience for customers. Consider using elements such as artwork, lighting, and color schemes to create a memorable atmosphere.

If you’re ready to embark on your microbrewery or distillery interior design journey, our team of experienced designers is here to bring your vision to life.

With our expertise in commercial interior design and a deep understanding of the unique requirements of microbreweries and distilleries, we are committed to creating spaces that seamlessly blend functionality, aesthetics, and brand identity.

Whether you’re starting from scratch or looking to revamp an existing space, we invite you to reach out to us and explore how our design services can elevate your space to new heights. Contact us today, and let’s craft a captivating space that will leave a lasting impression on both beer enthusiasts and casual visitors alike.

Cheers to the perfect brew and the perfect design!

Project Spotlight | Husk Distillery

Client: Husk Distillery
Type: Hospitality New Build
Services: Design and Interior Design

Husk Rum is a farm to bottle product that is made and bottled entirely at the 150acre property Husk Distillery in Tumbulgum, Northern NSW.

Leithal Designs was brought into the project to complete the drafting work and finesse the architectural design, translating it into a practical every day working distillery, commercial kitchen and cellar door with dining and retail facilities. The goal for the design was to create an industrial multi-functional building which felt like a farm and exuded warmth and hospitality.

Sonia Leith, Principal designer at Leithal designs, worked closely with Husk Distillery to create and deliver a finished structure that spoke to the ‘farm to table’ ethos of the vision whilst meeting the respective fire, building and interior codes for both a hospitality venue and distillery.