What is a Nano Brewery?

In today’s beer market, breweries are lumped into several different categorizes such as Macro, Micro, Craft and Nano. Wait Nano, what is that?

The Brewers Association groups breweries into categorizes based upon how many barrels of beer they brew a year:

  • Macro/Large Brewery – Produces over 6,000,000 barrels
  • Craft Brewery – Produces less than 6,000,000 barrels
  • Microbrewery – Produces less than 15,000 barrels

How much beer does a brewery have to produce to be considered a Nano brewery?

There is not an official number of beer output needed be classified as a Nano brewery, but it is accepted across the beer industry that a Nano brewery is defined based upon the size of its brewery system. A Nano brewery produces beer on a 4 barrel brewing system or less.

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