Meeting the Specialty Gas Needs of Pittsburgh Microbreweries


You can deny that it’s a “trend” if you want. But this certainly comes across as the Age of the Microbrewery, or Craft Brewery. Along with it has come the Rise of the Brewpubs, those sometimes charming, sometimes chic public houses or restaurants that brew beer on the premises and are cropping up (or would that be “hopping” up?) in neighborhoods nationwide anymore – including here, in Pittsburgh. 

Industry statistics disclose that, of the 5,301 U.S. breweries operating in 2016, 99% of them were craft breweries. That’s 700 more than there were 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 increasing by 6% yearly. And this is while beer industry sales on the whole remain … well … flat.

Pardon us for restating what you may already know if you operate a microbrewery or a brewpub yourself. We just thought many outsiders who delight in microbrewery beers would appreciate the facts too. Of course, it makes sense that we’d know them at Greco Gas. We provide microbreweries and brewpubs in and around Pittsburgh with the specialty gases they require: CO2 and Nitrogen, primarily, but also Chlorine. Those are the top gases, anyway. And the local link is what’s supremely important to our microbrewery and brewpub customers. It’s their guarantee – a guarantee PurityPlus® is almost uniquely situated to give – that they’ll always have an adequate inventory of the gases they need when they need them:

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

What Pittsburgh microbreweries and brewpubs want most from a specialty gas supplier is speedy, responsive customer service. Greco Gas serves it up in various distinctive ways. Our local frame of reference lets us, for instance…

  • form close, personal partnerships with each of our microbrewery and brewpub customers,
  • share more of the face-time and technical know-how they value,
  • better understand their needs so we can meet even their most rigorous specs,
  • promise on-time delivery of the CO2, Nitrogen, Chlorine, and other gases they rely on,
  • present custom solutions like “just-in-time” inventory,
  • manage product manufacture and testing to exceptional degrees, thereby assuring a predictably reliable product of the highest quality, and
  • control production and delivery costs, bringing about efficiencies that help us keep our prices among the most sensible in the industry.

It's understandable, then, that a lot more microbreweries and brewpubs are seeking out PurityPlus® for the gases that keep their beers bubbly and their customers happy. Need more of that yourself? Contact Greco Gas here in Pittsburgh right away.