Meeting the Specialty Gas Needs of Microbreweries


Whether it’s a “movement” or not is open to debate. But this does seem to be the Age of the Microbrewery, or Craft Brewery. Along with it has come the Rise of the Brewpubs, those sometimes quaint, sometimes upscale public houses or restaurants that brew beer on the premises and are cropping up (or would that be “hopping” up?) in neighborhoods all over the states anymore.

Industry statistics show that, of the 5,301 U.S. breweries operating in 2016, 99% of them were craft breweries. That’s 700 more than existed in 2015 – and 165% more than the 2,000 craft breweries in operation a mere six years ago! Obviously, people like microbrewery beers. Their sales are growing by 6% annually. And this is while beer industry sales overall remain … well … flat.

Forgive us for stating what you likely know if you run a microbrewery or a brewpub yourself. We just figured a lot of outsiders who enjoy microbrewery beers would get a kick out of knowing the facts too. Of course, there’s a reason we know them at PurityPlus®. We supply microbreweries and brewpubs coast to coast with the specialty gases they require: CO2 and Nitrogen, primarily, but also Chlorine. Those are the top gases, anyway. And, to be specific, it’s our 150 specialty gas producers and distributors at 600 locations nationwide who supply these customers – at the local level.

That local connection is extremely important to microbrewery and brewpub managers. It’s their assurance – an assurance PurityPlus® is almost uniquely positioned to give – that they’ll always have on hand the gases they need when they need them:

  • the bulk containers of CO2 to put the “fizz” in their beers – in bottles or cans on microbrewery production lines and in mugs or glasses when dispensed at the brewpub bar;
  • the Nitrogen so essential to creating a particularly smooth, creamy Guinness-style beer and, more generally, for preventing oxidation in the headspace of a bottle or can, which can affect taste and color;
  • the Nitrogen for use at brewpubs in dispensing draught beer; and
  • the Chlorine used to kill bacteria in bottles and cans on the microbrewery production line.

What microbreweries and brewpubs want most from a specialty gas supplier is quick, responsive customer service. PurityPlus®, being more of a local supplier than most of our competition, delivers it in a number of distinctive ways. Our local perspective allows us, for instance, to …

  • form close, personal partnerships with each of our microbrewery and brewpub customers,
  • provide more of the face-time and technical expertise they value,
  • better understand their needs so we can meet even their most rigorous specs,
  • guarantee on-time delivery of the CO2, Nitrogen, Chlorine, and other gases they depend on,
  • offer custom solutions like “just-in-time” inventory,
  • control product manufacture and testing to unprecedented degrees, thus assuring a consistent product of the highest quality, and
  • control production and delivery costs, creating efficiencies that help us keep our prices among the most reasonable in the industry.

Little wonder, then, that more and more microbreweries and brewpubs are turning to PurityPlus® for the gases that keep their beers bubbly and their customers happy. Looking for more of that yourself? Get in touch with your nearest PurityPlus® specialty gas supplier today