Gnarly Barley announced as one of 50 fastest growing breweries in the US

Cheers everyone. Sorry it’s been so long since I wrote anything here.

Today, the Brewer’s Association announced that Louisiana’s own Gnarly Barley Brewing was one of the 50 fastest growing breweries in the United States in 2017. Gnarly Barley ranked 43rd on the list.

Founders and co-owners, Zac & Cari Caramonta had this to say about the announcement:

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!

Read the entire release from the Brewer’s Association below:

Fastest Growing Craft Breweries of 2017


Brewers Association unveils list of 50 small and independent craft brewers

across 25 states showing diversity of growth


Boulder, Colo • April 10, 2018—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers—today released its inaugural list of the 50 fastest growing small and independent1 craft brewing companies of 2017. 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 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.

A comprehensive State of the Industry report will be delivered during the 2018 Craft Brewers Conference, held from April 30 – May 3, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. In May 2018, the Brewers Association will publish the full 2017 industry analysis in the May/June issue of The New Brewer, showing regional trends and sales by individual breweries.



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