On a cold February night in Stamford, Connecticut, the chill in the air is doing nothing to dampen patrons’ thirst for Half Full Brewery’s craft beers. The brewery’s tasting room is serving a steady flow of customers looking to sip a glass of its Bright Ale, Pursuit IPA or Onward Pale Ale. The mood may be mellow, but it belies Half Full’s rapid growth.
Opened in August 2012, Half Full saw its revenue top $350,000 by the end of 2013. Last year it hit $750,000, and this year owner Conor Horrigan expects it to top $1 million. As demand has increased for Half Full’s beers, the brewery is looking to hire more workers.
“I would say in the next 60 days we’re looking to almost double our staff,” said Horrigan, who currently counts seven employees on his payroll.
Half Full is not the only craft brewer looking for workers. The Brewers Association trade group said here in the U.S. one or two craft breweries open every single day, and growth in this industry shows little sign of slowing down.