Fulfilling the Specialty Gas Needs of Portland Microbreweries


Whether it’s a “movement” or not is up to debate. 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 quirky, sometimes ritzy public houses or restaurants that brew beer on the premises and are cropping up (or might that better be “hopping” up?) in neighborhoods coast to coast anymore – including here, in Portland. 

Industry statistics demonstrate 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 a scant six years ago! Evidently, people like microbrewery beers. Their sales are rising by 6% every year. And this is while beer industry sales altogether remain … well … flat.

Forgive us for regurgitating what you undoubtedly know if you run a microbrewery or a brewpub yourself. We just concluded that many outsiders who relish microbrewery beers would get a kick out of knowing the facts too. Of course, there’s a reason we know them at Cryo-Source. We furnish microbreweries and brewpubs in and around Portland with the specialty gases they require: CO2 and Nitrogen, primarily, but also Chlorine. Those are the top gases, at any rate. And the local bond is what’s extremely important to our microbrewery and brewpub customers. It’s their assurance – an assurance PurityPlus® is just about uniquely positioned to extend – that they’ll always have access to 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 critical to achieving an especially smooth, creamy Guinness-style beer and, more typically, for inhibiting 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 wipe out bacteria in bottles and cans on the microbrewery production line.

What Portland microbreweries and brewpubs want most from a specialty gas supplier is speedy, responsive customer service. Cryo-Source serves it up in a number of distinctive ways. Our local focus lets us, for instance…

  • form close, personal partnerships with every one of our microbrewery and brewpub customers,
  • provide more of the face-time and technical know-how they treasure,
  • better grasp their needs so we can satisfy even their most exacting specs,
  • assure on-time delivery of the CO2, Nitrogen, Chlorine, and other gases they rely on,
  • offer custom solutions like “just-in-time” inventory,
  • manage product manufacture and testing to exceptional degrees, thereby 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 most sensible in the industry.

It should come as no surprise, then, that so many more microbreweries and brewpubs are turning to PurityPlus® for the gases that keep their beers bubbly and their customers happy. Think you could use more of that yourself? Contact Cryo-Source here in Portland right away.