Meeting the Specialty Gas Needs of Minneapolis Microbreweries


You can reject the notion of it being a “trend” if you’re so inclined. But this does appear to be 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 should that be “hopping” up?) in neighborhoods nationwide anymore – including here, in Minneapolis. 

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 in existence only six years ago! To be sure, people like microbrewery beers. Their sales are escalating by 6% annually. And this is while beer industry sales generally remain … well … flat.

Pardon us for restating what you may already know if you run a microbrewery or a brewpub yourself. We just thought many outsiders who are fond of microbrewery beers would get a kick out of knowing the facts too. Of course, there’s a reason we know them at Toll Company. We furnish microbreweries and brewpubs in and around Minneapolis with the specialty gases they require: CO2 and Nitrogen, primarily, but also Chlorine. Those are the top gases, in any case. And the local tie-in is what’s supremely important to our microbrewery and brewpub customers. It’s their assurance – an assurance PurityPlus® is almost uniquely positioned 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 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 indispensible to creating a particularly smooth, creamy Guinness-style beer and, more typically, for thwarting 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 used for killing bacteria in bottles and cans on the microbrewery production line.

What Minneapolis microbreweries and brewpubs want most from a specialty gas supplier is fast, responsive customer service. Toll Company serves it up in a variety of distinctive ways. Our local perspective helps us, for instance…

  • achieve close, personal partnerships with each and every one of our microbrewery and brewpub customers,
  • provide more of the face-time and technical expertise they value,
  • better understand their needs so we can meet even their most rigorous specs,
  • assure on-time delivery of the CO2, Nitrogen, Chlorine, and other gases they depend on,
  • present custom solutions like “just-in-time” inventory,
  • manage product manufacture and testing to groundbreaking degrees, hence assuring a consistent product of the highest quality, and
  • control production and delivery costs, giving rise to efficiencies that help us keep our prices among the most economical in the industry.

It should come as no surprise, then, that more and more microbreweries and brewpubs are partnering with PurityPlus® for the gases that keep their beers bubbly and their customers happy. Like more of that yourself? Get hold of Toll Company here in Minneapolis today.