Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Bluegrass Brewing Co. ranked 5th largest brewpub in region; 51st nationally

The production numbers are in and Bluegrass Brewing Co. is the fifth largest brewpub in the south region, according to the Brewers Association. The south region includes brewpubs in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Out of nearly 1,000 brewpubs nationally we came in at fifty-one. Who was the largest in the south region? It was our fellow Kentuckians at Hofbrauhaus in Newport, with a whopping 3,240 beer barrels, placing them at number fifteen in the nation.

We produced 1,852 barrels of beer in 2007. To give you an idea of how much that is, one barrel equals thirty-one gallons or two full size kegs, or roughly 470,000 twenty ounce pints. It's amazing how much you people drink!

A few other relevant number for you:
-Craft beer as a whole grew 12% this year. Macrobrew's increased by 1.2%.
-Our production increased 10%, up from 1690 barrels in 2006
-Other area brewpubs:
Browning's 478 barrels, 550rd nationally; New Albanian 475 barrels, 558rd nationally; Cumberland Brews 365 barrels, 642th nationally.

Paul Gatza of the Brewer Ass. sums it up pretty well in The New Brewer, "Americans enjoyed 215 million more pints of craft brewed beer in 2007 than 2006. That means every American adult averaged one more pint of craft brewed beer than the year before. Cheers to another round for American."

Cheers indeed, thanks to everyone who came in and drank our brews and we're gunning for top 50 next year, and only you can make that happen...or I guess I could just lie. Either way is okay.

never trust The Sober Brewer
Jerry Gnagy