High Visibility Imperial Brown Walk-in Beer Keg Coolers Growing in Popularity

Blog, Projects, Case Study, News – August 27 2015

The growing popularity of glass enclosed beer keg coolers in high-end bars and breweries is a unique opportunity for Imperial Brown® walk-in coolers.

“It’s a nice way for us as a company to show our capabilities and something that we can do differently from the competition,” says Tom Housel, Inside Sales rep for the Imperial Brown West Coast manufacturing facility.

Housel and Ken Rhoads, West Coast Design Manager for Imperial Brown, recently collaborated on the design for a beer keg cooler, or glass cold-storage room, for a new Gateway Casino in Vancouver, British Columbia. Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, Ltd. is one of the largest casino and entertainment companies in Western Canada.

“A key to this construction is keeping the product cold but visible,” says Rhoads. “We have been a leader in this.” The cooler windows have to remain free of condensation.

The ability to maximize the viewing area and still have the structural strength needed is the challenge with these beer keg coolers, says Housel.

The Gateway Casino beer cooler keg has 30 three-pane windows, each 30”x30” in dimension.There are three rows of windows on each of the long walls. The walk-in unit is narrow, 5’ by 16’, and almost 11’ tall, for maximum
visibility of the product. LED globe lighting is used in the ceiling.

High-density urethane rails were used in construction. Six-inch wide mullion panels separate the windows. Interior structural steel frame was used to meet structural safety and seismic code. “This box in particular needed
steel support because it is so narrow and so tall,” says Housel. Steel is included in the interior “moment frame.” The exposed exterior is black and the interior is a non-directional textured gray pattern.

“These glass cold-storage rooms have become trendy for tasting rooms and high-end bars,” says Rhoads, allowing Imperial Brown to showcase its customized manufacturing processes as it continues to meet customer needs.

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, established in 1992, has grown from two facilities with 150 employees to 12 facilities with more than 3,000 employees. Properties also include The Grand Villa Casino & Convention Centre Burnaby, Starlight Casino New Westminster, Cascades Resort Casino Langley, The Lake City Casinos (Vernon, Kamloops, Kelowna & Penticton) in the Okanagan, The Baccarat and Palace Casinos in Edmonton, the Chances Community Gaming Centres in Squamish, Mission, and Newton Bingo in Surrey.