Meeting the Specialty Gas Needs of Southern California Microbreweries


You can dismiss the idea that it’s a “trend” if you insist. 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 whimsical, sometimes posh 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 Southern California. 

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 were around in 2015 – and 165% more than the 2,000 craft breweries that existed only six years ago! To be sure, people like microbrewery beers. Their sales are increasing by 6% yearly. And this is while beer industry sales generally remain … well … flat.

Pardon us for regurgitating what you probably know if you have a microbrewery or a brewpub yourself. We just concluded that many outsiders who relish microbrewery beers would like to know the facts too. Of course, it’s perfectly reasonable that we’d know them at WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment. We provide microbreweries and brewpubs in and around Southern California with the specialty gases they depend on: CO2 and Nitrogen, mainly, but also Chlorine. Those are the top gases, at any rate. And the local tie-in is what’s supremely important to our microbrewery and brewpub customers. It’s their guarantee – a guarantee PurityPlus® is well-nigh uniquely disposed 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 indispensible to achieving a particularly smooth, creamy Guinness-style beer and, more commonly, for impeding 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 used for killing bacteria in bottles and cans on the microbrewery production line.

What Southern California microbreweries and brewpubs look for more than anything from a specialty gas supplier is speedy, responsive customer service. WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment delivers it in various distinctive ways. Our local outlook enables us, for example, to…

  • form close, personal partnerships with every one of our microbrewery and brewpub customers,
  • extend more of the face-time and technical expertise they appreciate,
  • better comprehend their needs so we can fulfill even their most precise specs,
  • promise on-time delivery of the CO2, Nitrogen, Chlorine, and other gases they rely on,
  • present custom solutions like “just-in-time” inventory,
  • regulate product manufacture and testing to exceptional degrees, thereby assuring a predictably dependable product of the highest quality, and
  • manage production and delivery costs, giving rise to efficiencies that help us keep our prices among the most economical in the industry.

Small wonder, then, that ever more microbreweries and brewpubs are partnering up with PurityPlus® for the gases that keep their beers bubbly and their customers happy. Like more of that yourself? Consult with WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment here in Southern California now.