Nanobrewery first tiny step to microbrewery

on 27/10/10 at 4:00 pm

Beer

The grand tour of Baying Hound Aleworks, a new brewery in Rockville, lasts maybe five minutes. A turn of the head is enough to take in the entire operation, which occupies a 1,350-square-foot bay in an industrial park. The 55-gallon mash tun and brew kettle resemble oversize soup pots. A refrigerator is crammed with bags of hop pellets. The bottle filler is a tabletop model designed for the wine industry. “I can probably do four cases an hour, depending on how much coffee I drink!” says founder and head brewer (and sole employee) Paul Rinehart.

Baying Hound is a prime example of a nanobrewery, a business that’s tiny even by the standards of craft brewing, where 15,000 barrels a year is the dividing line between a micro and a regional brewery. At his current pace — Rinehart brews twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays — he’ll turn out 96 barrels of beer during his first year in business, or about 1,300 cases of 12-ounce bottles.

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