Meeting the Specialty Gas Needs of Fresno Microbreweries


Whether it’s a “movement” or not is open to debate. But this certainly presents itself as the Age of the Microbrewery, or Craft Brewery. At the same time has come the Rise of the Brewpubs, those sometimes quaint, sometimes classy public houses or restaurants that brew beer on the premises and are cropping up (or would that be “hopping” up?) in neighborhoods coast to coast anymore – including here, in Fresno. 

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 existed in 2015 – and 165% more than the 2,000 craft breweries in existence just six years ago! Evidently, people like microbrewery beers. Their sales are escalating by 6% annually. And this is while beer industry sales by and large remain … well … flat.

Excuse us for stating what you likely know if you run a microbrewery or a brewpub yourself. We just thought legions of outsiders who take pleasure in microbrewery beers would get a kick out of knowing the facts too. Of course, there’s a reason we know them at Fresno Oxygen & Welding Supplies/Barnes Welding Supply. We furnish microbreweries and brewpubs in and around Fresno with the specialty gases they count on: CO2 and Nitrogen, mainly, but also Chlorine. Those are the top gases, at any rate. And the local relationship is what’s immensely important to our microbrewery and brewpub customers. It’s their pledge – a pledge PurityPlus® is just about uniquely situated 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 necessary to achieving a particularly smooth, creamy Guinness-style beer and, more customarily, for preventing 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 kill bacteria in bottles and cans on the microbrewery production line.

What Fresno microbreweries and brewpubs rely on above all else from a specialty gas supplier is quick, responsive customer service. Fresno Oxygen & Welding Supplies/Barnes Welding Supply provides it in various distinctive ways. Our local focus allows us, for example, to…

  • build close, personal partnerships with all of our microbrewery and brewpub customers,
  • give more of the face-time and technical expertise they treasure,
  • better comprehend their needs so we can fulfill even their most exacting specs,
  • guarantee on-time delivery of the CO2, Nitrogen, Chlorine, and other gases they depend on,
  • provide custom solutions like “just-in-time” inventory,
  • regulate product manufacture and testing to groundbreaking degrees, thereby assuring a predictably trustworthy product of the highest quality, and
  • manage production and delivery costs, giving rise to efficiencies that help us keep our prices among the most economical in the industry.

It makes sense, then, that a lot more microbreweries and brewpubs are calling on PurityPlus® for the gases that keep their beers bubbly and their customers happy. Need more of that yourself? Consult with Fresno Oxygen & Welding Supplies/Barnes Welding Supply here in Fresno now.