D9 CEO Andrew Durstewitz, an engineer for 15 years, has grown the three-year-old company from $100,000 a year to what’s expected to be a $4.8 million year in annualized revenue in 2018.
Microbreweries and craft brewers comprise a macro industry, with $23.5 billion in annual revenues, according to Statista. The segment is growing, even as the business of mass-producing beers is flatter than yesterday’s brew. Overall U.S. beer volume sales were down 1 percent in 2017, while craft brewer sales continue to grow at a rate of 5 percent by volume, reaching 12.7 percent of the U.S. beer market in 2017.
Durstewitz, who started the company with another engineer and a chiropractor, will expand the operation to 30,000 square feet, increasing capacity to 30,000 barrels of beer a year. The brewery is located in 12,000 square feet of space on Treynorth Drive right now.