With some 7,500 breweries operating across America, distribution news is always a steady constant in the CBB mailbox. Every week, we get virtual piles of announcements on new alliances, upcoming state expansions and even reductions from breweries growing and shrinking their distribution footprints. Here is some of that wholesaler news. Enjoy!
Green Flash Brewing resumes distribution to Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Green Flash Brewing Co. recently announced the return of its Green Flash and Alpine brand families to Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This market relaunch marks a focused and limited distribution of Green Flash and Alpine beers into East Coast markets driven by continued consumer interest in the brewing company’s innovative hop-forward portfolio. Green Flash will partner with Atlantic Beverage Distributors who will sell and market the brands in both states. Sales of Green Flash’s iconic West Coast IPA, its new hazy IPA, and Tropical DNA, along with Alpine Beer Co.’s Duet, Nelson and HFS brands, will begin September 9 at selected locations throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. All beers will be available in six-pack 12-oz. cans and draft.
“We are excited to once again share our craft beers with consumers in these dynamic beer markets,” stated Bracken Todd, vice president of sales at Green Flash. “This is our first return to the East Coast since the brand’s departure almost two years ago and signals a renewed focus on deliberate growth within the company.”
Bell’s Brewery announces distributor change in Washington, D.C.
Bell’s Brewery is recently sent us a release about its new distributor partnership in Washington, D.C. Legends Distributing of Washington, D.C., part of Legends Limited, a Sheehan Family Co., assumed service for the distribution footprint of Hop and Wine effective August 30. Bell’s Brewery looks forward to continued success in D.C., noted the press release
Originally founded in 1994, Legends Limited had its beginnings when Pat and Sherri Casey could not find a reputable distributor in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., areas for its imported brands. Legends’ first warehouse was located at the old National Brewery building in Brewers Hill, Baltimore. In 2009, it was acquired by the Sheehan Family Companies. Legends Limited offers a portfolio of craft and specialty beer, wine and spirits
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery heads to Mississippi, expanding its reach to 45 states and DC
We already reported on this, but it bears repeating: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has announced its collection of off-centered ales is on its way to the great state of Mississippi. The Delaware-based brewery is partnering with Capital Distributing to bring its full lineup of flavorful brews to residents throughout the Magnolia State, increasing the company’s total market distribution to 45 states and Washington, D.C. Locals can look for Dogfish Head beers on shelves and taps starting in early September.
Committed to delivering consistent, off-centered goodness to its fans, Dogfish Head has strategized and laid the groundwork for a forward-looking growth plan for Mississippi and beyond. Along with offering a diverse portfolio of craft beers, Dogfish Head redesigned its artwork, revamped its packaging, tripled the size of its sales team to further support its existing distribution partners across the nation and announced its 2019 artist collaboration with Michael Hacker for the Off-Centered Art Series.
“We’re ecstatic to share our lineup of well-differentiated beers with Dogfish fans in Mississippi, and to begin great and long-lasting relationships with the state’s beer drinkers, retailers and distributors,” said Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head. “We have our canning and bottling lines pumping out a boatload of beer, and we’ve got enough brewing capacity to ensure we can keep retailers well stocked with our family of off-centered ales for years to come.”
Dogfish Head fans in Mississippi can expect to see a gamut of the brewery’s iconic beers, including 60 Minute IPA, Slightly Mighty, SeaQuench Ale and 90 Minute IPA, as well as a variety of seasonal releases, like Punkin Ale, 75 Minute IPA and The Perfect Disguise. Limited quantities of specialty brews and rarities may also be available throughout the year.
Laguna Beach Beer selects Brown Bag Beverage for distro in San Diego
Brown Bag Beverage, one of the fastest growing craft beer and cider distributors in the Greater San Diego area, added another interesting brand to its portfolio — Laguna Beach Beer Co. from Laguna Beach, Calif. Brown Bag Beverage will be distributing some of Laguna Beach Beer’s most popular beers such as its 1000 Steps IPA, Greeter’s Ale, Tuava Guava, Canyon Road Red Ale, Second Reef Blond Ale and seasonal beers such as its Orange Crush.
“We are passionate about beer and bringing the best beer to San Diego craft beer drinkers,” said Susie Baggs, founder and chief beverage officer of Brown Bag Beverage.
Brent Reynard, founder of Laguna Beach Beer, stated: “Our controlled growth plan has always included distributing our beers in one of the nation’s most reputable beer markets. We are very excited to partner with Susie and team at Brown Bag Beverage to bring our beers to San Diego and share our version of craft with its beer lovers.”
“It is through strong partnerships, like the one we have started with Laguna Beach Beer Co., that is allowing us to continue the vision and deliver the quality and experience Laguna Beach Beer intended for their craft beer throughout southern California,” said Baggs.
Laguna Beach Beer Co. (LBBC) was founded in 2014 by two Laguna Beach natives and childhood friends, who sought to create a beer brand to represent their well-known artistic town. LBBC creates beers that range from traditional styles to unique experimental brews. LBBC distributes its beers throughout Orange County and with the help of Brown Bag Beverage. LBBC has its marque location in Laguna Beach that includes a taproom and full kitchen and a second tasting room and full kitchen in Rancho Santa Margarita which also houses its production facility.
Louisiana’s Huckleberry Brewing signs distribution agreement with Pelican Craft Brands
Huckleberry Brewing Co. in Alexandria, La., has signed a distribution agreement with Pelican Craft Brands. Pelican Craft Brands is a full-line beverage distributor specializing in American craft beer, servicing retail outlets from supermarkets to neighborhood bars serving the greater Baton Rouge, North-Shore and greater New Orleans areas of Louisiana.
Jacob Willson, owner and founder of Huckleberry Brewing, noted: “We are proud of our home state and how far the craft beer industry has come in such a short time. We look forward to having our unique flavors and brands available to consumers throughout our state. We believe that Pelican Craft Brands is the perfect partner to help maintain our high standards and to continue to help educate the craft beer consumer on the importance of fresh, locally brewed beer.”
“The Huckleberry team is excited to partner with Pelican,” said Dale LeBoeuf, director of sales and marketing at Huckleberry Brewing. “Pelican Craft Brands has a great reputation in the market for exceptional customer service. They are progressive in the industry, and we’re confident our partnership will grow the Huckleberry brand in their territory.”
Established in 2018, Huckleberry offers an extensive craft beer portfolio ranging from IPAs, pale ales and stouts to unique specialty releases. As a community driven business, Huckleberry donates beer, time and money to worthy charities and non-profits up and down the state.
Huckleberry beer may be found throughout central Louisiana, greater Lake Charles area, as well as the new Pelican Craft Brands territory. The company opened its taproom and brewing facility in 2018 and has the capacity to brew upwards of 2,000 bbls of beer per year. Huckleberry’s new brewing facility allows it to not only serve its loyal customers throughout Alexandria but to grow within the Pelican Craft Brands territory.
Kansas Territory Brewing heads to the big city (Kansas City)
Kansas City beer drinkers can now enjoy Life Coach Lager on both sides of the state line as Kansas Territory Brewing Co. expands distribution into the Kansas City — Kansas and Missouri markets.
“We brew Life Coach for everyone, it’s a really fantastic Lager. We think it will connect with the Kansas City beer drinkers… craft and domestic fans alike,” said Kansas Territory Brewing Sales Director, Kurt Wickenhauser. “We found a great partner in Central States Beverage Company and couldn’t be prouder.”
Kansas Territory Brewing is partnering with Central States Beverage Co. to bring its beer to the Kansas City market.
“Central States Beverage Co. had just celebrated their 87th year as a Beverage Distributor in the Kansas City area and is excited to partner up with Kansas Territory Brewing,” said John Kane, vice president and general manager at Central States Beverage. “Their fine beers, which includes Life Coach, will make a big impact on the beer market here in KC. I look forward to the growth of this partnership in the days to come as consumers all over Kansas City will get the opportunity to enjoy these fine beers from Kansas Territory Brewing Co.”
“We are humbled and very proud of our partners selling our beer across the state of Kansas and beyond,” said Brad Portenier, owner at Kansas Territory Brewing. “It’s really incredible to see the work these folks have been doing and the effort they’ve spent selling our beer. From the consumer to the wholesaler stocking our shelves and working for our brewery, thanks a lot.”
Kansas Territory Brewing is located in Washington, Kan. It specializes in brewing domestic-style lagers, brewed for everyone. Started in 2015 by Brad and Donna Portenier, Kansas Territory Brewing’s mission is to brew beers that every Midwesterner can call their own. Beers that are easy to drink and best enjoyed after a hard day’s work, while relaxing on the weekend or with friends and family.
Florida’s Big Storm Brewing brings its cloud-busting beer to Ohio
Florida-based Big Storm Brewing Co. is coming to the Buckeye State. Big Storm announced that Ohio Eagle Distributing will begin distributing its core beers around the Cincinnati area starting this month.
“Ohio’s craft beer scene is impressive and stronger than ever. We’re excited to be a part of this energy and to have the opportunity to share our unique and dynamic beers with consumers in the Cincinnati region,” said Big Storm Co-Owner L.J. Govoni.
Ohio Eagle Distributing is distributing two of Big Storm’s most popular brews, Tropic Pressure Florida Ale and Key Lime Shandy. It will also be distributing Big Storm’s Bromosa Brut IPA and its award-winning Oktoberfest Märzen Lager.
Selling about 3.5 million cases of beer annually, Ohio Eagle has a strong reach in the southwest Ohio region, serving nine counties including Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Preble and Warren.
“We are beyond thrilled to work with Ohio Eagle. Their commitment to relationship building, and execution is second to none,” Govoni added.
The company already has strong ties to the Sunshine State, as a local subsidiary of Florida-based Gold Coast Eagle Distributing. Before joining the Florida team, Ohio Eagle operated for 81 years as the family-owned Dickerson Distributing. To this day, the company prides itself on being involved in the local community, while supporting innovative craft beer brands like Big Storm.
Founded in 2012 Big Storm currently has three taprooms in the Sunshine State — Clearwater, Odessa and Cape Coral. Led by Head Brewer, Joel Moore, Big Storm’s innovative craft beers have received critical acclaim for the past seven consecutive years, winning 2016’s Best Florida Beer Championship with its Oktoberfest Märzen Lager.
Today, Big Storm is a true pioneer using locally sourced ingredients like citrus and wildflower honey, brewing more than 50 different beers, including their popular Arcus Southern Pale Ale, Wavemaker Amber Ale, Tropic Pressure Florida Ale, Palm Bender Gulf Coast IPA, Key Lime Shandy and Oats in Hose Oatmeal Stout.
Cali’s Central Coast Brewing goes with Delta Pacific for local distribution
Central Coast Brewing (CCB) in San Luis Obispo, Calif., has signed a distribution agreement with Delta Pacific Beverages. Delta Pacific Beverages is a full-line beverage distributor, servicing retail outlets from supermarkets to neighborhood bars in the Central Valley, East San Francisco Bay and San Jose metro areas of California.
George Peterson, owner and founder of Central Coast Brewing, noted: “At CCB, we pride ourselves on selling the freshest beer possible. We believe that Delta Pacific is the perfect partner to help maintain our high standards and to continue to help educate the craft beer consumer on the importance of fresh beer.”
“The CCB team is excited to partner with Delta Pacific,” said Stormy Trevino, director of sales and marketing at Central Coast Brewing. “Delta Pacific has a great reputation in the market for exceptional customer service. They are progressive in the industry, and we’re confident our partnership will grow the CCB brand in their territory.”
Established in 1998, Central Coast Brewing offers an extensive craft beer portfolio ranging from award winning IPAs, pale ales, and lagers to unique specialty releases. CCB has won awards at the local, state, national and international levels, including numerous Great American Beer Festival medals and a prestigious Gold placing for its Lucky Day IPA at the bi-annual World Beer Cup. As a community driven business, CCB donates beer, time and money to dozens of worthy charities and non-profits up and down the state.
CCB beer may be found throughout the Central Coast of California as well as the new Delta Pacific territory. The company opened its second taproom and new brewing facility in 2018 and has the capacity to brew upwards of 12,000 bbls of beer per year. CCB’s new brewing facility allows it to not only serve its loyal customers throughout the Central Coast but to grow within the Delta Pacific territory.
Wisconsin’s Central Waters Brewing teams up with Atlantic Beverage Distributors to sell in Massachusetts and Rhode Island
“We are very excited to be partnering with Atlantic. They are a wholesaler that already distributes a wide range of great craft brands, and we are proud to be considered among them,” said Anello Mollica, Central Waters Brewing co-owner. “We already have distribution in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, so opening Massachusetts and Rhode Island is our next logical extension. We look forward to sharing our beers with everyone, we offer a range of styles in bottles and cans and Atlantic has brought in a wide range of beers – year-round products, barrel-aged beers, as well as newer canned specialty IPAs, so we will have something for everyone.”
“We are excited to provide a wide range of their releases to both states,” added Mino Soghomonian, Atlantic Beverage Distributors general sales manager. “Their quality product will be released into the market the week of August 19th.”
Central Waters has been in business since 1998, producing craft ales and lagers for the Midwest and recently expanding into other markets. It is well known for producing a year-round lineup of great beers, including Mudpuppy Porter, Honey Blonde Ale and Rift IPA among others. Recently, the brewery started a can line that includes a wide range of New England IPAs, milkshake IPAs and kettle soured beers — further diversifying their offerings.