Gnarly Barley Brewing among fastest growing craft breweries of 2017 by Brewers Association

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Gnarly Barley Brewing based in Hammond, La. is the 43rd fastest growing brewery in America.

Gnarly Barley Brewing was named one of the fastest growing small and independent craft breweries by the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers. The inaugural list offered insight into the diversity of growth within the craft brewing industry.

“2017 was a delightfully overwhelming year of growth for Gnarly Barley Brewing. We appreciate our customers and are humbled by their love and support. Our team has worked many tireless days & nights to keep up with market demand and without them this could not have been possible. We are proud to say all our brewing, canning, design and marketing is done in-house. It’s crazy to think this growth occurred within our current distribution footprint in Southeast Louisiana. We added personnel and increased brewing capacity, however, we did not add any new markets. We are happy to be a part of the Louisiana brewing community and will continue with the same passion in years to come, Keep on Truckin!” Zac & Cari Caramonta, Founders, Gnarly Barley Brewing.

Gnarly Barley Brewing ranked 43 among the top 50 small and independent breweries from across 25 states. Median growth from 2016 to 2017 for these breweries was 216 percent; the median size of breweries on the list went from 284 barrels in 2016 to 963 barrels in 2017. These brewing companies represent 5.5 percent of craft’s growth by volume for 2017 and include eight brewpubs, 40 microbreweries and two regional craft breweries.

“With 5 percent growth overall for small and independent brewers in 2017—and microbreweries and brewpubs delivering the majority of that—we wanted to spotlight some of the breweries driving that growth,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “As the growth base for craft becomes more diffuse, these fast growing brewing companies illustrate that a diverse set of success stories still exist.”

Methodology: The list presented includes only small and independent breweries with all of their production at their own facilities. Breweries had to have opened 12/31/2015 or earlier to be considered. It only includes breweries that reported to the Brewers Association’s annual Beer Industry Production Survey; breweries with staff estimates or data from state excise tax reports were not considered. Finally, breweries must have had data from at least three years to be considered.

About Gnarly Barley Brewing Co.:

Located in Hammond, Louisiana, Gnarly Barley Brewing Co. was founded by Zac & Cari Caramonta in 2014 and was the eleventh brewery in the state. Our focus at Gnarly Barley is to provide a truly original experience by blurring the lines of traditional beer styles. We are dedicated to making top quality, hand crafted beer that pushes innovation and combines premium ingredients with proper process. Gnarly Barley Brewing currently distributes their flagship brands: Catahoula Common, Radical Rye P.A., Korova Milk Porter and Jucifer IPA in Southeast Louisiana. For more information visit: gnarlybeer.com

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