America’s hop mecca is the Pacific Northwest — Oregon, Washington and Idaho grow 40 percent of the global hop supply. It only makes sense that Founders Brewing Co. (which definitely spends time in those states) would want to distribute to those key areas, and soon it will be. Earlier this week, Founders Brewing announced that is expanding its distribution territory to include Washington, Oregon and Idaho with the help of the Great Artisan Beverage network of wholesalers.
Beginning in January 2017 through February 2017, Founders’ year-round, seasonal and specialty beers in bottles, cans (as applicable) and kegs will be available. Select limited release beers may also be available at craft retailers following the launch.
Launching first will be Washington beginning in January 2017 with distribution partners The Odom Corporation, Craig Stein Beverage, Sound Beverage, Crown Distributing and Marine View Beverage with coverage extending throughout the entire state.
“The Great Artisan Beverage network of independent distributors is very proud to represent the Founders brand family in the Pacific Northwest,” said Great Artisan Beverage President Dave Mickelson. “Founder’s legacy, based firmly in product quality, innovation and commitment to market success, is a winning formula and we are honored to be chosen as their distributor partners.”
Following on the heels of the Washington launch beginning in February 2017 will be Oregon and Idaho with distribution partners General Distributors, Bigfoot Beverage and Summit Distributing and in Idaho with distribution partners The Odom Corporation and Craig Stein Beverage.
“The Pacific Northwest has long been one of the craft industry’s most sacred regions,” says Co-Founder and CEO Mike Stevens. “It was westward that Dave and I traveled in our discovery of craft beers some 25 years ago and we have long anticipated the day that Founders would be sold in this region. Simply put, it’s one of the country’s best craft beer beacons and we are humbled to be able to bring our beer to the consumers of the Pacific Northwest.”