KegWorks Enters Homebrew Market

21 Oct

Home brewing is a hobby that’s gained a whole lot of traction over the years with the rise in craft beer. According to a 2012 Brewers Association report, growth of the craft brewing industry in 2012 was 15% by volume and 17% by dollars compared to growth in 2011 of 13% by volume and 15% by dollars. Craft brewers sold an estimated 13,235,917 barrels of beer in 2012, up from 11,467,337 in 2011. Most of those brewers started out at home.

KegWorks, a Buffalo-based bar and restaurant supplier, works intimately with this industry, and realized that while they were catering to the craft brewers, they didn’t have anything for the home brewers. So they created an entire homebrew section on their website, and started bringing in equipment and creating content.

Peter Milkie, KegWorks Category Manager and draft beer expert, said “I have a background in home brewing, so I knew where to start and what to start with.”

They began with equipment. From individual pieces to entire starter kits, KegWorks has just about everything needed to start brewing at home. They also launched two how-to guides, one on how to home brew and another growing your own hops.

With regards to selling separate ingredients, they do offer a number of recipe kits, but they’re still unsure of how far this will go. “Once you start selling individual ingredients, you’ve entered an entirely new ballpark with a whole new set of rules and regulations,” says Milkie. “For now, we’re sticking with the ingredient kits, but who knows where we’ll take it? The category is thriving, and we’re looking at new equipment every day.”

To learn more about KegWorks and visit their Homebrew section, check out

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