AleSmith Brewing Co. continues to forge its own path. The Southern California staple is on the verge of celebrating its 21st year in business and recently expanded, moving into a 105,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art brewery featuring a new 80-barrel brewing system that will allow the company to increase its production ten-fold. The expansion also included construction of the largest brewery tasting room on the West Coast.
But all that extra beer needs a home, and AleSmith will now be sending some of it to southern Nevada after partnering with Las Vegas-based Bonanza Beverage Co.
“Gone are the days when ubiquitous adjunct-lagers were all visitors to Las Vegas and other Nevada locales could expect. Craft beer has found its way from the glitz of The Strip to everyday communities throughout The Silver State, and we’re proud to add our family of ales to the mix,” said AleSmith director of national sales James Valles. “Having expanded to meet demand and be able to produce plenty of beer to ship to Nevada, the only thing left to do was find the perfect partner to uphold our quality standards, and we know we’ve found just such a teammate in Bonanza Beverage.”
“We could not be any happier to bring more of the great craft beers from San Diego into Las Vegas,” said Bonanza Beverage Craft Director, Russell Gardner. “With the award-winning beers of AleSmith added to the southern Nevada marketplace, we hope to grow and expand craft’s reach throughout the state.”
Bonanza Beverage is a family-owned and operated business opened in 1957 by William Cosulas to service the, at the time, small Las Vegas area, beginning with flagship brand, Burgermeister. In the early 1960s, Hamm’s and Olympia came on-board as some of the biggest beers to hit the West Coast. In 1966, Miller joined the team and Bonanza became the largest Miller distributor west of Texas throughout the 1970s. Bonanza’s portfolio grew over the years to include Boston Beer, Deschutes, Lagunitas, Modern Times, Stone and many other beverage brands. Currently run and managed by William’s son, Bill Gialketsis, Bonanza continues to pride itself on core standards of performance, respect, integrity, development and excellence.