After experiencing accelerated growth over the past few years and recently completing a major brewery expansion, Uinta Brewing Co. looks long-term with an investment from The Riverside Co. The injection of financial and strategic resources by Riverside will grant Uinta the ability to keep doing what it is doing—producing notable craft beer in a sustainable way using quality ingredients and state-of-the-art equipment.
Founded 21 years ago by Will Hamill, Uinta has grown to be one of the top 50 craft brewers in the United States by volume. The foundation for Uinta’s impressive growth has been a strong, embedded culture with deep local roots and capable wings. With this foundation firmly in place, the Riverside investment will provide support and resources to sustain Uinta’s incredible growth momentum over the coming years.
Hamill will remain as Uinta’s chief executive officer and significant owner and will continue to lead the brewery as it accelerates its growth and presence in the craft beer market.
“I am deeply committed to the Uinta culture, our team, our consumers and our distribution partners. This investment from Riverside will allow us to expand our distribution, enhance our production capacity, continue our new beer development and increase our efforts in getting the word out about Uinta’s fantastic beer,” Hamill said. “In considering our options for growth capital, I spoke with many smart people as it was critical to me that our new partner truly understands craft beer and appreciates what makes Uinta so special. I wanted to make sure that we could continue to build our brand while maintaining the culture and values that have made Uinta the company it is today. I’m excited to embrace this support from Riverside. Their resources and business acumen, combined with our passion and brewing knowledge, will ensure continued momentum for years to come.”
“We’re especially excited to partner with a strong and respected brand like Uinta,” said Riverside Managing Partner Loren Schlachet. “The craft beer movement is expanding significantly and Uinta has enormous growth potential in both new and existing markets.”
Uinta recently completed an $18 million brewery expansion and will continue to invest in expanding its production capacity and distribution footprint. In 2013, the brewery produced nearly 60,000 barrels of beer and 2014 is poised to be another year of record growth.
“With its fantastic beer and branding, Uinta has already won many fans throughout the country,” said Riverside Vice President Steve Rice. “We’re delighted to be part of the next chapter in Uinta’s growth story, and we look forward to working with Will and his outstanding team.”
“I’m extremely proud of Uinta and our team, and I’m eager to expand upon our capabilities. The future looks bright for Uinta Brewing and the craft beer industry as a whole, and I am very excited to see what’s on tap for us in the coming years,” Hamill said. “The brewery is extremely humbled by the growing enthusiasm for our brand, and the Uinta team is ‘hopped up’ to share our beer with more craft beer consumers near and far.”
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