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February 16, 2011

Nano Breweries—Talk of the Craft Beer Nation

by JHoll

Samuel Johnson once said, “We are not here to sell a parcel of boilers and vats, but the potentiality of growing rich beyond the dreams of avarice.”

There is a notion that professionally brewing beer can lead to big things. The general public thinks of breweries as hulking factories turning out millions of bottles a year. However, the overwhelming majority of the 1,600 U.S. craft breweries produce much less than 50,000 barrels a year. (One barrel equals about 31 gallons, or 248 16oz pints.)

Nano-breweries, a new and increasingly popular segment of the craft brewing world, are intentionally kept very small. These breweries usually don’t brew more than one batch at a time, or even desire to see their beer served at bars across the country. They are taking producing and drinking craft beer locally to the next level.

Heck, if they can get on tap in at least one place in town, that’s success.

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