Meeting the Specialty Gas Needs of Northern Illinois Microbreweries12/04/2017 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 charming, sometimes classy public houses or restaurants that brew beer on the premises and are cropping up (or should we say “hopping” up?) in neighborhoods all over the states anymore – including here, in Northern Illinois. 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 that existed even six years ago! Clearly, people like microbrewery beers. Their sales are rising by 6% annually. And this is while beer industry sales on the whole remain … well … flat. Pardon us for restating what you doubtlessly know if you operate a microbrewery or a brewpub yourself. We just concluded that many outsiders who are fond of microbrewery beers would get a kick out of knowing the facts too. Of course, it makes sense that we’d know them at Weldstar. We furnish microbreweries and brewpubs in and around Northern Illinois with the specialty gases they depend on: CO2 and Nitrogen, primarily, but also Chlorine. Those are the top gases, anyhow. And the local tie-in is what’s supremely important to our microbrewery and brewpub customers. It’s their assurance – an assurance PurityPlus® is well-nigh uniquely disposed to offer – that they’ll always have a proper inventory of the gases they need when they need them: the bulk containers of CO2 to add “fizz” to their beers – in bottles or cans on microbrewery production lines and in mugs or glasses when dispensed at the brewpub bar; the Nitrogen so indispensible to creating a very smooth, creamy Guinness-style beer and, more customarily, for preventing oxidation in the headspace of a bottle or can, which can have an impact on taste and color; the Nitrogen for use at brewpubs in dispensing draught beer; and the Chlorine employed to destroy bacteria in bottles and cans on the microbrewery production line. What Northern Illinois microbreweries and brewpubs depend on above all else from a specialty gas supplier is fast, responsive customer service. Weldstar serves it up in numerous distinctive ways. Our local perspective enables us, for instance, to… build close, personal partnerships with each of our microbrewery and brewpub customers, share more of the face-time and technical expertise they value, better apprehend their needs so we can fulfill even their most exacting specs, assure on-time delivery of the CO2, Nitrogen, Chlorine, and other gases they count on, provide custom solutions like “just-in-time” inventory, regulate product manufacture and testing to unprecedented degrees, hence assuring a predictably dependable product of the highest quality, and keep a sharp eye on production and delivery costs, bringing about efficiencies that help us keep our prices among the fairest in the industry. No wonder, then, that lots more microbreweries and brewpubs are calling on PurityPlus® for the gases that keep their beers bubbly and their customers happy. Could you use more of that yourself? Contact Weldstar here in Northern Illinois right away.