DuClaw Brewing Co. Expands Distribution to Tennessee

DuclawLogoDuClaw Brewing Co. (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it has partnered with Advintage Distributing so that it can immediately begin distribution throughout the state of Tennessee.

Established in 1996, DuClaw Brewing Co. has since made a name for itself by “fearlessly innovating” and pushing the limits of what beer lovers expect from the craft beer industry.  This clever approach has led the brewery to create a mind-blowing portfolio “including ‘Sweet Baby Jesus’ Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, and its ‘Sour Me’ series including ‘Sour Me Unicorn Farts.”  With the addition of Tennessee, DuClaw’s beers are now in 19 states across the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest U.S.

DuClaw Brewing Co. will enter the Tennessee market with offerings such as ‘Sweet Baby Jesus’ Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, ‘Dirty Little Freak’ Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale, ‘Regular Beer’ Lager, ‘Haze Of Glory’ New England IPA, ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ Strawberry Tart IPA, ‘Apri-Caught Stealing’ Apricot Tart IPA, and ‘Sweet Baby Java’ Espresso Bean infused Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter.  

“We’ve wanted to get our brews into the hands of Tennesseans for a while, so we’re very happy to announce our arrival,” said DuClaw Founder Dave Benfield. “It’s been a strong start, and we’re looking forward to building on that momentum.”

With the assistance of Advintage Distributing, DuClaw Brewing Co. is rolling out in Tennessee now.  You can expect to find DuClaw offerings at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located throughout the state.  Prost!

 

Hi-Wire Brewing Expands Distribution to Alabama

hi-wire-brewing.pngHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it has partnered with Alabama Crown Distributing Co. so that it can begin distribution in the entire state of Alabama in mid-October 2019.

Established in 2013, Hi-Wire Brewing is a fast-growing brewery that has built itself a solid reputation by “producing approachable and balanced lagers and ales, most notably Hi-Wire Lager, Bed of Nails Brown, and Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA.” The brewery has since grown to consist of four locations: the Big Top Production Facility & Taproom and the original South Slope Specialty Brewery & Taproom, both located in Asheville, North Carolina; Hi-Wire Brewing at Golden Belt in Durham, North Carolina; and their first out-of-state Taproom in Knoxville, Tennessee. Hi-Wire Brewing beers are available in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, and now the great state of Alabama.

Hi-Wire Brewing will launch in Alabama with their “entire portfolio, including year-round, seasonal, and specialty beer offerings.”  To ensure that the Alabama craft beer community is properly introduced to their offerings, Hi-Wire Brewing’s owners and sales team will host a “variety of tap takeovers, beer pairings and other specialty events” at the following locations during the third week of October:

Birmingham
Mobile
Montgomery
  • Tuesday, October 15 – Pies & Pints (7216 Eastchase Parkway | Suite D-31 | Montgomery, AL 36117)
  • Wednesday, October 16 – The Hound (124 Tichenor Ave | Auburn, AL 36830)
Huntsville

With Alabama Crown Distributing Co. handling all distribution responsibilities, the beers of Hi-Wire Brewing will begin hitting craft beer shelves and taps throughout the state of Alabama on Tuesday, October 15.  If you cannot make it out to any of the events listed above, just swing by your favorite craft beer-friendly establishment in Alabama to grab a pack or pint so that you can get acquainted with Hi-Wire Brewing’s tasty offerings.  Prost!

 

 

Geijer Spirits Begins Nationwide Distribution of California Fernet

fernet_bottleGeijer Spirits (San Francisco, California) has officially announced that it has entered into an agreement with Vision Wine & Spirits, LLC to begin the nationwide distribution of California Fernet.

Crafted by Martin Geijer, Founder of Geijer Spirits, to “bring you new and exciting products at the intersection between Scandinavia and California,” the handmade California Fernet features “21 roots, herbs and spices that create a complex, but dry and grassy finish.”  To ensure this liqueur reaches optimum levels of drinkability, this offering “rests in large tanks until it reaches bottling mellowness.”  California Fernet is “made with 50% less sugar than the category leader” and comes in at 40% ABV.

“We are thrilled to begin our collaboration with Vision Wine & Spirits. With the reach and expertise of the Vision team, we look forward to introducing our award-winning California Fernet, soon to be followed by California Falernum, to a national audience.”

 

– Martin Geijer, Founder of Geijer Spirits

With Vision Wine & Spirits, LLC handling all distribution responsibilities, California Fernet will initially launch in California, Arizona, Missouri, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut.  Nationwide availability is expected to steadily roll out over the coming months.  You can expect to find California Fernet available in 750ml bottles.  Prost!

Vital Information for California Fernet from Geijer Spirits

Release – Year-Round; nationwide launch begins September 2019
Style – Fernet
ABV – 40%
PROOF – 80
Fun Fact – “Geijer Spirits is a San Francisco based beverage company producing hand-crafted spirits under the ‘California’ brand that blends Scandinavian tradition with California flavors. Martin Geijer founded Geijer Spirits and started creating award-winning spirits and liqueurs using his family’s historic recipes. He immigrated from Sweden in 1994 and pursued his MBA in California, where he fell in love with the fusion of flavors and the lifestyle of the Golden State. His story started with a passion for his great grandmother’s Glögg recipe, which laid the foundation for the delicious California Fernet.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Distribution – Initially launching in California, Arizona, Missouri, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine & Connecticut. Nationwide availability to follow

Big Storm Brewing Co. Expands Distribution to New Jersey & North Carolina

BigStormLogoBig Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) has officially announced that it will expand distribution into the states of New Jersey and North Carolina this month.

After announcing last month that it was extending its reach to Ohio, Big Storm Brewing Co. is now entering September with twice as much distribution news.  The brewery has officially signed with Shore Point Distributing Company, Inc in New Jersey and Carolina Eagle Distributing in North Carolina to bring its lineup of Florida-inspired brews to those states.

Big Storm will enter the New Jersey and North Carolina markets with the following offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website):

  • Wavemaker Amber Ale – Big Storm’s very first brew was this amber ale. It presents a wave of flavor with two row Canadian barley coupled with Munich and chocolate malts. Wavemaker® Amber Ale is malt centric and highly drinkable year-round with minimal hop bitterness.  ABV – 4.9%  IBUs – 28
  • Tropic Pressure Florida Ale – A highly drinkable Florida ale steeped with hibiscus flowers for just the right amount of natural sweetness and a hint of cinnamon. Brewed with pale wheat and honey malt, Tropic Pressure pours the color of skin that has been kissed by the warm Florida sunshine.  ABV – 4.4%  IBUs – 17
  • BroMosa Tangerine IPA – We brewed the ultimate beverage for the bro (or sis) that isn’t into sweet bubbles served in pretentious, highfalutin glassware. BroMosa is a dry-hopped juicy IPA with a name that makes it socially acceptable to drink in the morning or any time of day. Expect a strong punch of tangerine flavor followed by a dry and hoppy finish that even the self-proclaimed “IPA-hater” enjoys.  ABV – 7%
  • Palm Bender Gulf Coast IPA – This Gulf Coast IPA pours a beautiful golden orange and is brewed using 100% barley. The flavor is dominated by Cascade hops with an assertive up front hop presence and floral, pine, and citrus flavors. A pleasant, lingering hoppiness in the finish entices another sip.  ABV – 7%  IBUs – 70
  • Arcus Southern Pale Ale – A bronze medalist at the 2017 Best Florida Beer competition, Arcus rolls in with an intense citrusy hop aroma. Arcus is brewed with two-row Canadian barley and Mosaic hops. The addition of wildflower honey from Pasco County lends a balancing sweetness for a clean finish.  ABV – 6.2%  IBUs – 56

Big Storm’s Seasonal offerings will also be available in these areas during their respective months of availability.  Seasonal offerings include Oats In Hose Oatmeal Stout, Key Lime Shandy, Oktoberfest Lager, and Dunder and Blixem Spiced Ale.

“With such great support from our local communities in Florida, we’ve had immense growth at Big Storm,” said Big Storm co-owner L.J. Govoni. “We’re excited to share some of Big Storm’s top award-winning beers with consumers in both the Garden and Tar Heel States.”

 

“Geographic boundaries come second to working with distributor partners who share our vision of the Big Storm brand, commitment to customer service and a love for the product. We feel both Shore Point and Carolina Eagle check all those boxes.” Govoni said.

The offerings listed above will launch in New Jersey and North Carolina during the month of September.  You can expect to find these beers available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located throughout New Jersey and North Carolina.  Prost!

Champion Brewing Company Expands Distribution to Florida

Champion_CanMockUp_Masks_Final_Shower_DesktopChampion Brewing Company (Charlottesville, Virginia) has officially announced that it has partnered with Progressive Distribution and will begin distributing in the state of Florida in mid-August.

Known as “Virginia’s most progressive brewery,” Champion Brewing Company is “obsessed with creating the highest quality beer through expertise and creativity.”  Champion’s production facility – armed with a 30-barrel brewhouse currently operating at a capacity of 15,000 barrels per year – produces a wide variety of Core and Seasonal offerings while its tap room breweries – Brasserie Saison in Charlottesville and Richmond Tap Room – offer “constantly changing and innovative Seasonals, One-offs, and Barrel-aged Wild Beers.” With the addition of Florida, Champion Brewing Company is now available in ten states and Washington, D.C.

Champion will launch in the Sunshine State with the following offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website):

  • Shower Beer – Perfect for any relaxing occasion, this Bohemian Pilsner sings with fresh, clean maltiness and spicy flavor and aroma contributions from 100% traditional Czech Saaz hops.  Aged cold on lager yeast for weeks for maximum refreshment.  If you’ve never had a Shower Beer, it’s high time.  ABV – 4.5%  IBUs – 35
  • Missile IPA – An American India Pale Ale with firm bitterness and intense citrusy hop aromas.  Made with 2-Row Pale Ale malt and dry-hopped with Simcoe, Cascade, Summit, and more for the full experience of an American IPA.  ABV – 7%  IBUs – 65
  • True Love Mexican Lager – A party in a can.  Clean and refreshing Lager Beer inspired by classics from south of the border and brewed with our friends at Cockfight Skateboards.  Enjoy with a lime or as is.  ABV – 4.5%  IBUs – 20
  • Wheeze the Juice – A Juicy IPA dry-hopped for maximum flavor with Mandarina Bavaria, El Dorado, and Cascade hops.  ABV – 6.4%  IBUs – 54
  • In addition to the Core offerings listed above, the brewery will enter Florida with a limited selection of “Seasonal and Limited Release brews”

“We are beyond excited for the opportunity to represent and introduce Champion Brewing Company, to the State of Florida,” said Mike Paul, Progressive’s head of key accounts and strategic development. “Their high-quality, innovative beers and collaborative spirit will definitely resonate with consumers and our retail partners, here in the sunshine state.”

 

“Florida is such a great state for the Champion brand,” said Champion Brewing Company owner, Hunter Smith. “We’re psyched to work with Progressive and be among their portfolio of carefully curated beers.”

With Progressive Distribution handling all distribution responsibilities, Champion Brewing Company will begin its Florida roll out with a series of launch events during the week of August 13. You can expect to find Champion offerings available in their respective packaging formats and on draft at craft beer-friendly retailers, restaurants and bars located throughout the state of Florida.  Prost!

New Realm Brewing Expands Distribution in Virginia

newrealmlogo2New Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia | Virginia Beach, Virginia) has officially announced its intention to expand distribution into the Northern and Western areas of Virginia.

As the One Year Anniversary for the opening of New Realm’s production facility and taproom in Virginia Beach approaches, the brewery has decided that now is the time to steadily broaden its distribution footprint in the state of Virginia.  This distribution expansion will bring the following New Realm offerings to the Northern and Western parts of the state (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website):

  • Hazy Like a Fox Hazy IPA – Experience a double dry hop wave of full-on-juicy aromas from pineapple to lemon to fresh squeezed oranges.  ABV – 6.5%
  • Hoptropolis IPA – Set your clocks to island time. This beauty is drenched in tropical flavors of peach, pear and pineapple.  ABV – 6.5%
  • United Craft Lager – An approachable and super fresh combination of hops, malt and flaked maize make our American lager light and easy drinking.  ABV – 4.5%
  • Hoplandia IPA – A New Realm-style IPA. Dense with sought-after hops and lush with a heavenly hit of citrus.  ABV – 7.3%
  • Euphonia Pilsner – A true brewer’s beer. Hop bursted with prolific hop aromatics and heightened levels of refreshment.  ABV – 5%
  • These new areas will also see a selection of the brewery’s rotating sour series, limited releases and barrel aged beers

“We’re extremely proud to be a part of the Virginia craft beer community. Just last month, we were honored to take home a silver medal for United Lager, and a gold and overall Virginia Craft Beer Cup for our Euphonia Pilsner. It’s a great feeling knowing that people love our beer here in Virginia. We are in discussions with several distributors throughout Virginia and we’re excited to see what the future holds.”

– Carey Falcone, co-founder and CEO of New Realm

Once this distribution expansion is fully enacted, craft beer fans in Virginia can expect to find the beers listed above at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in the Northern and Western areas of the state along with the brewery’s established distribution footprint in the Hampton Roads area.  Prost!

 

Founders Brewing Co. Expands its Reach to Hawaii, Completes Total U.S. Distribution

Founders_Logo_color_2018Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will successfully complete full nationwide coverage when it launches distribution in Hawaii in late July 2019.

Now that Founders Brewing Co. has entered into a partnership with Odom Hawaii of the Odom Group and the GAB network of wholesalers, Hawaii now marks the 22 year-old-brewery’s 50th state of distribution.  To properly introduce themselves to the beer-loving masses in Hawaii and celebrate the achievement of reaching total U.S. distribution, Founders will enter the Aloha State with the following offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website):

  • All Day IPA – The beer you’ve been waiting for. Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatics and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day’s work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life’s simple pleasures.  ABV – 4.7%  IBUs – 42)
  • Solid Gold – Our brewery was built on an attitude of no regrets. An attitude of taking risks to bring the best beer possible to our fellow renegades and rebels. Never brewing to style, but always brewing what we want to drink. Our take on a classic, Solid Gold is a drinkable premium lager brewed with the highest quality ingredients. Challenging what a lager can be? That’s something we won’t regret.  ABV – 4.4%  IBUs – 20
  • Rubaeus – Optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries, Rubaeus is Founders’ way of celebrating the joys of summer year-round. This stunning berry-red masterpiece is the perfect blend of sweet, tart and refreshing. No question about it, this beer is 100% Founders.  ABV – 5.7%  IBUs – 15
  • Breakfast Stout – The coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and two types of coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.  ABV – 8.3%  IBUs – 60

“My partner Dave and I are very excited to announce that Founders will be heading to Hawaii!” said Mike Stevens, CEO and Co-Founder of Founders Brewing Co. “It’s always a special time whenever we add a state of distribution and the fact that Hawaii is our 50th state makes it all the more worthy of celebration. It’s long been a dream of ours to see our beer across the US, and the fact that 22+ years later we’ve accomplished this is a testament to our Founders team and our amazing wholesaler partners. Tonight, we raise a glass to the Aloha state and thank everyone throughout America who’s helped us get to where we are today.”

 

“We’re thrilled to be a part of such a monumental milestone in the Founders Brewing Co. business,” said Vice President of Corporate Sales, Brandon Odom. “We value their partnership and are looking forward to the exciting times to come. Congratulations to Founders on the tremendous success of expanding their business across the entire United States. A truly well-deserved accomplishment!”

The beers listed above will be available on draft and in cans (as applicable) in Hawaii as early as late July 2019.  Founders Brewing Company and Odom Hawaii also plan to host a series of launch events that “will be taking place as soon as the end of the month.” Prost!

Red Hare Brewing Expands Distribution to Central Florida

RedHareLogoRed Hare Brewing Company (Marietta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will immediately begin distributing in the Central Florida counties of Flagler, Volusia, Brevard, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Orange and Lake.

Established in Marietta, Georgia in 2011, Red Hare Brewing Company is an independent microbrewery that has since grown to add a second location in Shallotte, North Carolina.  With a strong portfolio consisting of six Year-Round brews and an array of Seasonal and Red Hare Reserve offerings, Red Hare has gone on to earn several awards and accolades including the distinction of being named the fourth best brewery at the 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship.  This steady level of growth and success has allowed the brewery to expand its distribution footprint to include Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, the Florida Panhandle and now Central Florida.

Thanks to a freshly inked agreement with Sunshine State Distributing, Red Hare Brewing will now be treating beer lovers in Central Florida to the following offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website):

  • Grapefruit SPF 50/50 – A light, refreshing blend of Gangway IPA and our house brewed sparkling grapefruit soda. Sweet grapefruit zest mingles perfectly with citrusy hop notes, making this the perfect can to take with you everywhere this summer.  ABV – 4.2%  IBUs – 38
  • Tangerine SPF 50/50 – You don’t have to rub a lamp to make all your wishes come true, just grab the Tangerine SPF 50/50. Native to Tangier, the tangerine is a small, citrus fruit which we’ve turned into a soda and blended with our Gangway IPA. The Tangerine SPF 50/50 is the beer you want for riding on a camel to the nearest oasis. When you can’t think straight and everything is a mirage, grab a few of these babies and get ready for magic carpet ride fit for a Moroccan sheikh.  ABV – 4.2%  IBUs – 26
  • Rewired IPA – West Coast meets East with this crisp and clean, tropical, stone fruit, and slightly dank IPA.  ABV – 6.5%  IBUs – 44
  • Soft J IPA – Soft J IPA starts off with a super fruity nose, which is matched with a hazy pour. It hits your tongue with blasts of orange and tangerine, while a delicate bitterness carries through to the finish. This soft, creamy, y-uicy IPA is proof that words, beer, anything can start with a Soft J…and by way, no fruit was harmed in the making of this beer.  ABV – 6.8%
  • Gem City Classic – A craft light lager brewed to drink easy and finish clean. Hallertauer Mittelfrüh and Citra hops compliment the crisp quality of the beer with fragrant aromas but no overpowering bitterness. At 4.2% ABV and just 140 calories per can, Gem City Classic is the perfect beer to throw back while watching the game.  ABV – 4.2%  IBUs – 15.9

“We’re very excited to partner with the entire team at Red Hare Brewing Company. Their well-rounded team has built Red Hare into one of the top selling breweries in the Southeast, and we couldn’t be more pleased to work with them to bring their quality craft brands to the Florida market. Their high quality craft beers and refreshing SPF Radler brands are a welcome addition to Florida, and we feel the consumers in the state will be as excited to get these beers in their hands as we are.”

– Joe Martin, Sunshine State Director of Sales and Marketing

Red Hare officially launched distribution in Central Florida in late March 2019.  You can expect to find the offerings mentioned above at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Flagler, Volusia, Brevard, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Orange and Lake counties.  Prost!

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Expands Distribution to Coastal Georgia

CreatureComfortsCoastalCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will expand its distribution footprint to include the Savannah and coastal Georgia markets in early March 2019.

Now that the 2018 expansion to its new Southern Mill location has been completed and raised the brewery’s capacity to 70,000 barrels, Creature Comforts Brewing Co. has been steadily extending its distribution reach beyond its original footprint that only included Athens, Atlanta and surrounding cities in Georgia.  This distribution expansion began in November 2018 with the addition of the Augusta and Columbus markets, and now the brewery is ready to send some beers down to Savannah and the coastal Georgia area.

“It’s exciting that our beer will be available throughout Georgia for the first time. We are always grateful when we get the opportunity to use our beer to create enjoyable experiences and positively impact communities within our home state.”

 

– Chris Herron, Co-founder and CEO of Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

With the help of Savannah Distributing, Creature Comforts will enter the Savannah and coastal Georgia markets in early March 2019 and “plans to distribute statewide by early June 2019.”  Prost!

Grayton Beer Company Extends Distribution Reach to Tennessee

graytonlogoGrayton Beer Company (Santa Rosa Beach, Florida) has officially announced that it has entered into a partnership with BountyBev and will begin distribution in middle Tennessee immediately.

Founded in 2011, Grayton Beer Company is a family-owned, community driven brewery focused on “sourcing the finest ingredients to craft beers of character for a Gulf Coast state of mind.”  What started as a small dream has since grown to become a 30,000-square foot state-of-the-art facility that produces “a variety of year-round styles, limited releases and barrel-aged beers.”  Grayton Beer Company offerings can be found in Northwest Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and now in middle Tennessee.

“Our desire to have a strong partner in middle Tennessee was evident almost as soon as we opened distribution in the state,” said Grayton Beer Company founder, Jamey Price. “Having developed meaningful relationships over the years with visitors from The Volunteer State, our partnership with BountyBev further cultivates the North Florida-Tennessee bond long after they’ve left the beach.”

Grayton Beer Company will launch in Tennessee with the following offerings (descriptions sourced from the brewery’s website):

  • 30A Beach Blonde Ale – Whether you’re on vacation or just clocked out for the day, our Beach Blonde Ale will take you away to good times and sunshine. Classic Noble Hops combine with a nuanced malt sweetness to yield a perfectly balanced, crisp and refreshing beer. This Blonde Ale is what put us on the grid, but when you drink it we hope you feel like you are off of it.  ABV – 4.6%  IBUs – 13
  • 30A Rosé Gose – Inspired by the abundant salt from the water in our backyard and the colors of our vibrant sunsets, we present 30A Rosè. Organic hibiscus flowers paint the perfect shade of Rosè pink. Bright berry notes interplay with the unique salty and tart foundation. This beer allows you to take the beautiful Emerald Coast wherever you goes-uh.  ABV – 4.6%  IBUs – 12

With BountyBev handling all distribution responsibilities, the beers of Grayton Beer Company will be available in the greater Nashville area and eight central Tennessee counties.  You can expect to find Grayton offerings available in their respective packaging formats and on draft at craft beer-focused retailers, restaurants and bars located in middle Tennessee.  Prost!