How New Hampshire Is Helping Nanobreweries Revolutionize Craft Beer

Written by Emily Corwin for npr.org

beer-news10While beer sales have been down, nationally, since the great recession, the craft beer industry has been going strong – growing 15 percent in 2011, according to the American Brewers’ Association. The newest kid on the block in craft beer is the nanobrewery – a very small scale commercial brewery that produces fewer than 2,000 barrels a year. To put that in context, the Brewers’ Association defines a microbrewery as producing fewer than 15,000 barrels a year, and a large brewery as exceeding 6 million*.  Hess Brewing in California keeps an online list of nanobreweries and estimates about 93 in operation nationally – although that list is probably not comprehensive.