Fulfilling the Specialty Gas Needs of Richmond, Virginia Microbreweries


Call it a “trend” – or not. But this sure shows every sign of being the Age of the Microbrewery, or Craft Brewery. At the same time has come the Rise of the Brewpubs, those sometimes eccentric, sometimes upscale public houses or restaurants that brew beer on the premises and are cropping up (or would that be “hopping” up?) in neighborhoods nationwide anymore – including here, in Richmond, Virginia. 

Industry statistics reveal 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 just six years ago! No doubt about it, people like microbrewery beers. Their sales are escalating by 6% every year. And this is while beer industry sales by and large remain … well … flat.

Excuse us for regurgitating what you undoubtedly know if you run a microbrewery or a brewpub yourself. We just concluded that plenty of outsiders who are fond of microbrewery beers would appreciate the facts too. Of course, it stands to reason that we’d know them at Arc3 Gases. We supply microbreweries and brewpubs in and around Richmond, Virginia with the specialty gases they need: CO2 and Nitrogen, primarily, but also Chlorine. Those are the top gases, in any case. And the local tie-in is what’s exceedingly important to our microbrewery and brewpub customers. It’s their assurance – an assurance PurityPlus® is almost uniquely situated to offer – that they’ll always have a sufficient inventory of the gases they need when they need them:

  • the bulk containers of CO2 to put the “fizz” in 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 achieving a particularly smooth, creamy Guinness-style beer and, more typically, for stopping oxidation in the headspace of a bottle or can, which can change taste and color;
  • the Nitrogen for use at brewpubs in dispensing draught beer; and
  • the Chlorine used to destroy bacteria in bottles and cans on the microbrewery production line.

What Richmond, Virginia microbreweries and brewpubs want most from a specialty gas supplier is fast, responsive customer service. Arc3 Gases delivers it in a number of distinctive ways. Our local focus permits us, for instance, to…

  • establish close, personal partnerships with all of our microbrewery and brewpub customers,
  • extend more of the face-time and technical expertise they value,
  • better grasp their needs so we can meet even their strictest specs,
  • guarantee on-time delivery of the CO2, Nitrogen, Chlorine, and other gases they depend on,
  • provide custom solutions like “just-in-time” inventory,
  • take charge of product manufacture and testing to unprecedented degrees, hence assuring a predictably trustworthy product of the highest quality, and
  • manage production and delivery costs, bringing about efficiencies that help us keep our prices among the fairest in the industry.

It’s unsurprising, then, that more and more microbreweries and brewpubs are signing on with PurityPlus® for the gases that keep their beers bubbly and their customers happy. Looking for more of that yourself? Get hold of Arc3 Gases here in Richmond, Virginia today.