Nanobreweries An Emerging Trend in America

I just wanted to pass along a neat article from MSN which friend passed to me a few days ago about an extremely microbrewing trend emerging around the country which I had never heard of called “Nanobrewing”. According to MSN,

“The nanobrewery concept allows one or a few good craft brewers to spend a few weekends a month brewing batches of beer that can be sold to pubs in their communities,” Hall, a full-time physicist, told Newsday in March. “The model isn’t one that focuses on eventual growth. The nanobrewer isn’t going to quit his day job. They are brewing because they love the process and want to share the results with the people in their neighborhoods,”

The article goes on to explain how Nanobreweries are capitalizing on the new-found (or re-energized) DIY ethos in America and the breweries themselves, if you can call them that, are recalling a historical time way-back-when when people would brew for their households and communities on a very, very micro level.

The Nanobrewery concept reminds me a lot of CSAs for beer. I thought it was a neat example of, I guess, one step above homebrewing and really exemplifies the “craft” in craft beer. What the article didn’t explain was just how small you have to be to qualify as a “Nanobrewery” (are there any special requirements or are they all under the radar?). There are some pretty damn small breweries here in the Northeast but I hadn’t ever heard the term before. Do you have a favorite local Nanobrewery, or do you belong to one yourself?

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3 comments

  1. My favorite Nano was Two beers becuse the brewer was only using high end homebrew equipment but now he is moving on to a larger brewery and premises which is probaly the natural progression and the smart way to start a micro and create a market .
    http://www.twobeersbrewery.com/

    The next one is Breaker Brewing becuse they brew in a garage on a residential proprty .
    http://www.breakerbrewingcompany.com/

    And Worth brewing deserves a mention because they run a Tap Room in a historic building and they do it all with a brew magic .
    http://www.worthbrewing.com/

  2. Carlton Street Nanobrewery located in Grand Rapids, MI.

    Founded 2007.

    So good.  So amazing.

  3. There is an entire book about nano’s on Amazon.com right now, Nanobrewery U.S.A

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