What Is BBL in the Craft Beer Brewing Industry?

What Is BBL in the Craft Beer Brewing Industry?
April 28, 2021 Levi Olmstead

Craft breweries are categorized into different types of breweries by the size of their brewing house – which also plays a large factor in the amount of overall beer they can produce. The two biggest sub-factors that determine beer output for breweries are the size of the brewing system and the fermentation space.  At the end of the day, US breweries measure beer production with BBL.

What Does BBL Stand for in Craft Brewing?

BBL is the abbreviation for beer barrels, which is the official unit of measurement of beer volume for breweries in the US. It can be written as one beer barrel or one BBL. One BBL of beer is equal to 31 gallons.

How Many BBLs Do Breweries Typically Produce?

Large craft breweries such as Goose Island can produce up to 100 BBL of beer per batch – with several batches being produced a day.

On the flip side, smaller nano-breweries can produce as little as 1 BBL or less for each batch – with the majority of smaller micro-breweries producing around 7 barrels per day.


BBL Conversion Chart

  • 1 BLL = 2 half-barrell kegs
  • 1 BBL = 13.777778 cases
  • 1 BBL = 31 gallons
  • 1 BBL = 55.111111 six-packs
  • 1 BBL = 62 growlers
  • 1 BBL = 99.2 forties
  • 1 BBL = 117.35 liters
  • 1 BBL = 180.363636 bombers
  • 1 BBL = 248 pints
  • 1 BBL = 330.666667 beers
  • 1 BBL = 3,968 fl oz
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