Satisfying the Specialty Gas Needs of St. Louis Microbreweries12/04/2017 You can dismiss the idea that it’s a “movement” if you’re so inclined. But this sure shows every sign of being the Age of the Microbrewery, or Craft Brewery. At the same time has come the Rise of the Brewpubs, those sometimes charming, sometimes ritzy public houses or restaurants that brew beer on the premises and are cropping up (or should that be “hopping” up?) in neighborhoods across the nation anymore – including here, in St. Louis. Industry statistics reveal that, of the 5,301 U.S. breweries operating in 2016, 99% of them were craft breweries. That’s 700 more than were around in 2015 – and 165% more than the 2,000 craft breweries that existed even six years ago! No doubt about it, people like microbrewery beers. Their sales are escalating by 6% yearly. And this is while beer industry sales on the whole remain … well … flat. Pardon us for stating what you may well know if you manage a microbrewery or a brewpub yourself. We just thought many outsiders who delight in microbrewery beers would get a kick out of knowing the facts too. Of course, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we’d know them at Cee Kay Supply, Inc.. We supply microbreweries and brewpubs in and around St. Louis with the specialty gases they require: CO2 and Nitrogen, primarily, but also Chlorine. Those are the top gases, anyway. And the local tie-in is what’s especially important to our microbrewery and brewpub customers. It’s their guarantee – a guarantee PurityPlus® is just about uniquely positioned to offer – that they’ll always have access to 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 critical to developing a very smooth, creamy Guinness-style beer and, more typically, 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 wiping out bacteria in bottles and cans on the microbrewery production line. What St. Louis microbreweries and brewpubs depend on above all else from a specialty gas supplier is speedy, responsive customer service. Cee Kay Supply, Inc. serves it up in a variety of distinctive ways. Our local perspective permits us, for instance, to… forge close, personal partnerships with each of our microbrewery and brewpub customers, share more of the face-time and technical savvy they value, better apprehend their needs so we can fulfill even their strictest specs, guarantee on-time delivery of the CO2, Nitrogen, Chlorine, and other gases they rely on, provide custom solutions like “just-in-time” inventory, regulate product manufacture and testing to exceptional degrees, thus assuring a consistent product of the highest quality, and keep a sharp eye on production and delivery costs, instituting efficiencies that help us keep our prices among the most reasonable in the industry. It should come as no surprise, then, that lots more microbreweries and brewpubs are seeking out PurityPlus® for the gases that keep their beers bubbly and their customers happy. Could you use more of that yourself? Get in touch with Cee Kay Supply, Inc. here in St. Louis today.