DuClaw Brewing Co. (Baltimore, Maryland) announced this week that the brewery has signed with Cavalier Distributing (Lakeland, Florida) to expand its distribution area to now include the state of Florida.
Founded in 1996, DuClaw Brewing Co. quickly established itself with Baltimore locals by being named “Bel Air’s hippest establishment” within a year of opening and has been making Maryland craft beer “cool” ever since. The brewery’s popularity absolutely exploded on a national level with the release of Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter in 2011. Thanks to stellar reviews spread by the brewery’s fans and a Bronze Medal finish at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival (Chocolate Beer Category), Sweet Baby Jesus has acted as a catalyst for the brewery to steadily expand distribution to get their innovative, unique offerings into the hands of more and more craft beer fans.
The extended reach of DuClaw Brewing Co. has finally come to embrace the craft beer community in Florida, and the brewery will officially launch in the state with the following four offerings:
- Blood Orange Neon Gypsy IPA – “The first foray into our Hop Continuum Series, our flagship IPA infused with blood orange juice, proved so popular that it transcended the series to stand on its own outside as a worthy companion to the original Neon Gypsy. Notes of grapefruit, citrus, and pine from a blend of seven hops balances the tart sweetness of blood orange juice for a flavor profile that roams your palate long after the beer’s bittersweet finish.” ABV – 6.5% IBUs – 55
- Dirty Little Freak – “Dirty Little Freak Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale, first brewed in 2014, takes the traditional American Brown Ale and gives it a sensual new twist – Coconut! This medium-bodied, 5.8% ABV brown ale is a feast for the senses from its dominant blend of warm, roasted malt, coconut, caramel, and chocolate flavors barely restrained by a gentle hop bite, to its tantalizingly satisfying finish. But if you submit to our Dirty Little Freak, be warned: there is no safe word.” ABV – 5.8% IBUs – 30
- Funk Blueberry Citrus Wheat – “The traditional American Wheat Ale serves as a solid baseline, but we couldn’t be content until we tore the roof off this sucker! Funk, our Blueberry Citrus Wheat Ale, sets the rhythm with a soulful fusion of American wheat and hops, before unleashing a stunning encore with big notes of blueberry and Meyer lemon. It’s no jive, you’ll just dig it!” ABV – 5% IBUs – 16
- Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter – “First brewed in 2011, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter is jet black in color with a tan, rocky head, full body and creamy, luxurious mouthfeel. Its lightly sweet, malty flavor is accented by rich flavors of chocolate, coffee and peanut butter, and balanced by a subtle hop character and moderate 6.2% abv. Sweet Baby Jesus finishes smooth, dry, and roasty with lingering notes of chocolate and peanut butter so savory, you will exclaim its name!” ABV – 6.2% IBUs – 33
“I’ve visited Florida regularly for years, and now I’m finally going to be able to pickup a six pack of our beer in the local store,” said DuClaw Founder Dave Benfield. “I’ve seen first hand how strong the Florida craft beer community is, and they’ve been very vocal in letting us know that they want our beer, especially since our 2014 collaboration with Cigar City. It’s rewarding to finally be able to share our brews with the craft beer lovers of Florida.”
The offerings above will be available in 12 oz. bottles and on draft at launch, and the brewery will introduce “many seasonal and limited release beers to the market throughout the year.” Distribution responsibilities in Florida will be handled by Cavalier Distributing, and you can visit the distributor’s website and social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) to keep track of any launch events that they are planning. Give the events a look, pencil in one – or many – on your calendar, and be sure to give DuClaw Brewing Co. a proper welcome to the Florida craft beer community in the coming weeks. Prost!