Originated in 2015 by Founder Matt Shirah and Brewmaster Travis Herman in what can only be described as a “nothing short than amateur . . . project in Shirah’s mother-in-law’s basement”, Scofflaw Brewing Co. has since “exploded into the Georgia craft beer scene” and rapidly grown into an 18,000 square foot brewery that has more than doubled its original annual capacity. This incredible success can be greatly attributed to the popularity of Basement IPA, the brewery’s signature beer, and the fact that Scofflaw has been recognized by BeerAdvocate, RateBeer, USA Today and Craft Beer Brewing as one of the “Best New Breweries in America.” Finally comfortable with their level of growth and acclaim, the folks at Scofflaw feel that now is the perfect time to expand distribution to the great state of Alabama.
“When we go into a market, I want to be sure that we have a real connection to that market. We scraped up the money to start this brewery with funds from just a few friends and my family, and some of them are from Alabama,” said Shirah. “We really wanted to share the Scofflaw experience with Bama – I knew the state had a great potential beer market, and is in close proximity to the brewery. It all just made sense.”
Scofflaw Brewing Co. plans to launch distribution in Alabama with the following offerings:
Basement IPA – Scofflaw’s signature citrus-y India Pale Ale, created in the original brewery down in Matt’s Mother-in-law’s basement, hence the name. ABV – 7.5%
POG Basement IPA – Basement’s lil’ brother with passion fruit, orange and guava. ABV – 7.5%
Dirty Beaches – An easy drinking tropical wheat with waves of fruit aromas and flavors. ABV – 6.3%
Beginning on December 3, representatives from Scofflaw Brewing and United–Johnson Brothers will journey to Birmingham and Mobile so that they can properly introduce Alabama’s craft beer community to the beers above with a series of launch events. The current launch schedule is as follows:
Monday, December 3 at 6 p.m. | Slice Pizza | 725 29th St S, Birmingham
If you cannot make it out to any of the events above, worry not because Scofflaw Brewing Co.’s offerings will also be available in their respective packaging formats and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama. Prost!
Thanks to a recent brewery expansion that included the opening of a second production facility at Southern Mill, an “$11 million, 40,000-square-foot” facility that has increased production capacity to 70,000 barrels, Creature Comforts Brewing Co. now has the ability to extend its distribution reach in Georgia to the areas of Augusta and Columbus. Up until this point, Creature Comforts offerings were only available in Athens, Atlanta, and nearby surrounding cities.
“We’re thrilled we now have the capacity to continue to grow our brands in our existing distribution footprint and also begin supplying additional markets in our home state,” said CEO Chris Herron. “Bringing our second production facility online has been an incredible journey, and we’re excited that more people will be able to experience our beer as a result.”
Creature Comforts Brewing Co. will launch in Augusta and Columbus with “its core portfolio of year-round, award-winning products” in mid-November. Beer lovers in those areas can expect to find Creature Comforts offerings at the local craft beer-friendly establishments that are typically serviced by Savannah Distributing. Prost!
Established in Hamilton, Ontario in 2013, Collective Arts Brewing is a grassroots craft brewery founded on two beliefs:
“The first that creativity fosters creativity.”
“And the second, that creativity yields delicious pints.”
By staying true to these beliefs, Collective Arts “aims to fuse the creativity of craft beer with the inspired talents of emerging artists and musicians” by featuring limited-edition works of art on [their] beer cans and labels.” This unique approach has since yielded a strong portfolio of beers “designed to be as diverse, creative, and unwavering as the artists profiled; respecting tradition, but not constrained by it.”
“Craft beer drinkers love to experiment with new and innovative beers. We’re committed to providing them with a one-of-a-kind beer experience through the creative collision of our beers, art and music,” says Matt Johnston, co-founder and CEO of Collective Arts Brewing. “With our event at Art Basel 2018 and the progressive art community in Miami, along with the thriving craft beer scene in Florida, we think it’s an exciting spot for us to dive in and integrate our beers.”
Beginning on November 10, ten representatives from Collective Arts Brewing will be “traveling throughout the [Sunshine State], kicking off their Florida expansion with a week’s worth of events featuring art installations, live music, and tap takeovers” (click here to see the full schedule of events). To infuse the festivities with a little Collective Arts style and flair, the brewery has also “partnered with four Miami-based artists to produce limited-edition beer cans as a way to celebrate their official launch.”
**If you are interested in learning more about these artists, their bios are available at the bottom of the post.**
As far as the beer goes, Collective Arts will launch in Florida with “a range of core beers . . . and a selection of rotating small batch brews.” The beers that are confirmed to be available at launch are as follows (descriptions sourced from the brewery’s website):
Life in the Clouds | New England-style IPA – New to our core lineup, Life in the Clouds is our flagship New England style IPA. After experimenting with the Collective Project HAZY IPA we dialed in the Simcoe and Mosaic hops and malt balance to optimize this juicy IPA’s pleasantly fruit forward (think citrus and melon) taste and aroma. In keeping with the nouveau NEIPA tradition, Life in the Clouds is an unfiltered beer, neither overly-sweet nor bitter, with a pillowy mouth feel. Crack one, pour it in a glass, take a whiff, hold it up to the light and take a sip! Don’t you agree? ABV – 6.1% IBUs – 50
Stranger Than Fiction | Porter – Stranger Than Fiction is a full-bodied porter with plenty of roast flavour with hints of molasses. Ridiculous amounts of chocolate and pale ale malts make this porter a smooth and creamy brew. ABV – 5.5% IBUs – 25
Jam Up the Mash | Dry Hop Sour – To all our Collective Project Dry Hop Sour fans, we heard you. This brew is now part of our year-round lineup! After the never ending battle between the hop heads and sour lovers we decided to appease the two. Using Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand and Vic Secret from the Yakima Valley this mixed fermentation brew is juicy, sour and extremely refreshing. Sour & hops in perfect, thirst quenching, melody! ABV – 5% IBUs – 35
If you wish to get more familiar with this brewery and its beers but are unable to attend any of the launch events, the Collective Arts offerings listed above – and several others – will be available year-round in retail stores including Whole Foods and Total Wine, and bars and restaurants throughout Miami, Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Jacksonville. Prost!
Bios for the Artists Participating in the Miami Series Art Cans Series
ILL SURGE | @illsurge – SURGE, born in Los Angeles and raised in Miami, is a Postgraffisim artist, and has taken his bold, unmistakable style straight from his sketchbooks to the sun-stained streets of South Florida and beyond. Surge has worked with Brands like NIKE, Jameson Whiskey, the NBA, the Miami Dolphins, Microsoft, and Bloomingdales to name a few. It is the ability to be daring and free with his art that is ultimately closest to Surge’s heart.
NATE DEE | @miaminate – Born and raised in South Florida, Nathan Delinois (Nate Dee) has numerous influences including his Haitian background and the use of color Haitian art, as well as in street art. The design quality of the Art Nouveau movement and the drama of Greek art from the Hellenistic. These elements can be seen in his work. Additionally, he takes some influences from the pop surrealists.
DIDIROCK | @didirok – Diana Contreras (b. Peru, 1981) has established herself as an influential Miami artist. From painting murals in the Urban Art scene to exhibiting canvas pieces in galleries, her work has been seen in exhibitions and private collections in several parts of the world including Street Art Dubai Gallery in Dubai.
JAY BELLICCHI | @remoteroc – Jay Bellicchi (REMOTE) a Boston transplant, has taken his place in the Miami art scene as a dynamic artist influenced by his history in graffiti and graphic design. His father was a successful artist and graphic designer who inspired him at a young age. In the 1980’s, Jay was further influenced by hip-hop music and the elements surrounding it. It was within the hip-hop culture that he discovered the element of graffiti art and was given the name by which he is still known today, REMOTE.
Established as a brewpub in Bel Air, Maryland in 1996, DuClaw Brewing Co. hit the scene wanting to be “known for its cleverly crafted beers, depth of flavor and irreverent personality.” Those three attributes have proven to be quite the formula for success as the brewery has since gone on to earn “more than 60 awards” and establish a portfolio boasting “more than 30 distinguished microbrews.” 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. With the addition of Alabama and Georgia, DuClaw Brewing Co.’s U.S. distribution now amounts to 19 states across the Northeast and Southeast.
“Alabama and The Peach State are two that have been knocking on our door for awhile, and it got to a point where we knew it was time,” said DuClaw Founder and President Dave Benfield. “The response has been unreal. It’s been really fun to recognize this demand, finally bring DuClaw into these markets, and then hear such positive feedback. This is why I am in the business!”
DuClaw will launch distribution in Alabama and Georgia with Sweet Baby Jesus and “a full lineup of clever and well-crafted . . . craft beers” that will include Sour Me Peach Sherbet, Dirty Little Freak, The PastryArchy Pumpkin Spice, and Rule of Three Double IPA. The full descriptions for these beers are as follows:
Sweet Baby Jesus | Year-Round – First brewed in 2011, this GABF bronze medal winning 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, balanced by a subtle hop character and a 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
Sour Me Peach Sherbet | Limited Release – Sour Me Peach Sherbet mixes the inherent mouth puckering flavors of the brew with big peach notes & a creamy fuller body for a perfect blend of tart and sweet. ABV – 5.5% IBUs – 10
Dirty Little Freak| Year-Round- 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. ABV – 5.8% IBUs – 30
The PastryArchy Pumpkin Spice | Limited Release – A dark, decadent, dessert stout with additions of pumpkin & seasonal spices for a rich and savory experience. ABV – 8.5% IBUs – 31
The Rule of 3 Double IPA | Limited Release – As our third 16oz DIPA can release, we were compelled to obey the ‘Rule Of Three’ by triple dry hopping with three varieties of hops: Centennial hops, Citra Lupulin Powder, and Simcoe Lupulin Powder. The trio results in a golden balance between citrus & passion fruit, earthiness & pine, and berry & melon. Would order multiple pints, probably like 3. ABV – 8.8% IBUs – 34.8
The beers listed above are rolling out now in all areas regularly serviced by International Wines & Craft Beer in Alabama and AB Beverage in Georgia. Look for all these beers to be available on draft and in their respective packaging format. Prost!
Founded in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2010, Epic Brewing Company is the longtime dream of David Cole and Peter Erickson – the brewery’s founders and self-described “beer geeks, foodies and ‘Epic’ adventure junkies” – that has allowed them to “share a passion for making and drinking fine ales and lagers.” Shortly after opening the doors, their beers caught the attention of locals and quickly “began earning medals . . . domestically and internationally.” This caused an increase in demand and led Epic Brewing to open a second brewery and taproom in Denver, Colorado in 2013. This larger facility has made it possible for Epic Brewing to steadily expand distribution, build upon its popular barrel aged beer program, and establish a line of sour beers. Epic Brewing Company currently brews “over 40 distinctly different beers”, and they are now ready to share some of that goodness with beer lovers in Central Florida.
“We have had fans in Florida for years and it is exciting to finally start distributing our beer there. To do it with such a great partner like Sunshine State makes it a slam dunk,” said Darin McGregor, Epic’s National Sales Manager. “Chris Larue and Joe Martin have built a team that is well organized, passionate and downright scrappy. They are a perfect fit for Epic. With their help we think beers like Big Bad Baptist, Tart n’ Juicy Sour IPA, our new series of New England-Style IPAs, as well as our diverse portfolio of barrel-aged sours will add a lot to an already thriving and still up and coming market.”
Epic Brewing Company plans to enter the Central Florida market with the following offerings:
To properly introduce you to the beers listed above (and possibly a few rare surprises), representatives from Epic Brewing and Sunshine State Distributing will be in Orlando this week hosting the following launch events:
Thursday, October 11 at 6 p.m. – Tap Takeover & Launch Event at Brass Tap Waterford Lakes | 781 N Alafaya Trail | Orlando, FL 32828
If you cannot make it out to one of these events but still wish to get your hands on some beers from Epic Brewing, you can expect to find their offerings available in bottles/cans and on draft at beer-focused establishments located throughout Orlando and the surrounding areas normally serviced by Sunshine State Distributing. Prost!
Founded in 2010 by lifelong Georgians, Wild Heaven Beer is a craft brewery focused on creating “world-class beers . . . designed in the great tradition of European brewing but with a distinctly American creative flair.” This philosophy has allowed the brewery to steadily grow and expand its reach over the years, and now Wild Heaven is finally ready to venture further south to share its offerings with beer-loving Floridians.
Wild Heaven Beer will enter the Florida market with the following three brews:
Altair | India Pale Ale – Altair features a bright hop flavor without bitterness from Mosaic Lupulin powder plus generous amounts of Citra and Idaho 7 hops to create an IPA that flies like an eagle. ABV – 6.2%
Emergency Drinking Beer | Pils-style Session Ale – A one-of-a-kind session beer reminiscent of a crisp pilsner married with a traditional gose. Brightness and complexity come from additions of citrus zest, Portuguese sea salt and lemongrass. ABV – 4%
Watermelon Emergency Drinking Beer – Based on Emergency Drinking Beer, Watermelon Emergency Drinking Beer . . . requires the Wild Heaven team to hand-cut and juice hundreds of watermelons. The fresh, bright red juice is added to the beer to deliver true watermelon taste without any overt sweetness or artificial flavor notes. ABV – 4%
The beers above started hitting Florida shelves and taps last week and the statewide rollout will continue over the next week or so. You can expect to find these Wild Heaven offerings available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located throughout the state of Florida. Prost!
Big news continues to pour out of Big Storm Brewing Co. this month, and this week the topic is distribution. After Big Storm and the family-owned Mikeska Distributing were introduced to each other at last year’s National Beer Wholesalers Association trade show in Las Vegas, the two businesses kept a dialogue going and have now officially finalized a partnership that will allow the brewery to extend its distribution reach to the Lone Star State.
Big Storm will enter Texas with Core offerings such as Tropic Pressure Florida Ale and Wavemaker Amber Ale. If you are not familiar with these offerings, here are both beer’s official descriptions straight from the brewery’s website:
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. Keep and serve cold as hail! ABV – 4.4% IBUs – 17
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
“We’re proud to bring the bold and exciting flavors of Big Storm to Texas and join the state’s dynamic craft beer scene. I’m confident this partnership will result in a new wave of Big Storm fans and Texans will fall in love with our award-winning beers like Floridians have,” said Big Storm co-owner L.J. Govoni.
“Big Storm produces high quality craft beers and its knowledgeable staff make it a great asset for Mikeska. I know Big Storm will be a hit in Texas and elevate the range of strong brands we already offer,” Charles Mikeska said.
Big Storm’s Core beers will begin arriving in Texas this month with availability in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft. Craft beer-loving Texans can expect to find Big Storm offerings at beer establishments located within the distribution territory of Mikeska Distributing – an area that includes Austin, Fort Hood, Killeen, Temple, and Waco, Texas. Prost!
“The Hampton Roads area of Virginia has many quality beer distribution options,” says Bob Powers, co-founder and Chief Customer Officer at New Realm. “We have chosen to work with Hoffman Beverage due to their incredible passion for craft beer, our aligned strategy of brand building, and their experience with many other small, independent craft breweries.”
New Realm will officially launch distribution in Virginia with the following core beers (descriptions sourced from the brewery’s website):
Hoplandia IPA – A New Realm-style IPA. Dense with sought-after hops and lush with a heavenly hit of citrus. ABV – 7.3%
Hoptropolis IPA – Set your clocks to island time. This beauty is drenched in tropical flavors of peach, pear and pineapple. ABV – 6.5%
Euphonia Pilsner – A true brewer’s beer. Hop bursted with prolific hop aromatics and heightened levels of refreshment. ABV – 5%
Kikimora Imperial IPA – A dank IPA. Pronounced with peachy, floral, light citrus complexities and a strong, dry finish to the palate. ABV – 8.5%
In addition to core offerings, New Realm Brewing will also treat consumers in Virginia to “select brews from [its] limited release, small-batch specialty beers, starting with Lemon Pucker Berliner Weisse and Belga Rose Belgian Hibiscus Ale (available soon), followed by additional releases in late 2018.”
With the help of Hoffman Beverage, the New Realm beers listed above “will be available on draft at craft-focused bars, restaurants and retailers” located in the Southside area of Virginia’s Hampton Roads. The brewery plans to introduce packaged offerings in Virginia at the start of 2019. New Realm Brewing Company offerings can also be found distributed in the state of Georgia. Prost!
Established in 2012 by Founder and Master Brewer Rich Visco, Shebeen Brewing Company – “Shebeen or Sibin is Irish Gaelic for illegal brewhouse or better known in the States as a Speakeasy” – has since made a name for itself by being “on the cutting edge of experimenting and creating all sorts of fun concoctions from a Cucumber Wasabi to New England IPA’s.” After five years of steady growth, Shebeen Brewing is currently undergoing a brewery expansion that includes the addition of new equipment and a recent territory expansion that will now extend their reach to Northwest Florida.
“Shebeen Brewing Company is very excited to partner with Vintage Distributors LLC” said CEO Richard Visco. “We are proud to have our brand among the remarkable products available in their portfolio.”
With Vintage Distributors LLC handling all distribution responsibilities, Shebeen Brewing Company offerings will soon be available in the Destin area and throughout Northwest Florida. Shebeen beers will have availability in 16 oz. cans and on draft, but the press release did not mention the names of the offerings that will be available at launch. If any more details concerning Shebeen Brewing Company’s Florida launch surface in the near future, we will be sure to update you with that information here. Prost!
What began as a pipe dream shared between two men – Dave Colt and Clay Robinson – while spending “long hours brewing, scrubbing, and polishing . . . brewery equipment” at a previous brewing job, Sun King Brewery finally became a reality in 2009 when Colt and Robinson went all in and sold their first keg. Since that first sale, the Sun King crew has gone on to compile a respected portfolio of handcrafted “core, seasonal and specialty beers that have been awarded multiple medals including four golds at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions.” Firmly established as “a leader in the independent craft brewing movement”, Sun King Brewery has carefully and steadily grown distribution over time to include Indiana; Illinois; Louisville, Kentucky . . . and now Florida.
“Since our inception, Sun King has been working hard to keep up with the growing demand for our beer,” says Clay Robinson, co-owner of Sun King Brewery. “Over the past year, we’ve been increasing our distribution footprint throughout the Midwest, and this spring, we sent some beer down to Florida for a festival that we participate in every year. The response to our beer was overwhelming, so we decided that the Sunshine State would be a good fit for Sun King. Our VP of Sales Joe Burns spent nearly 20 years working for a beer distributor and a brewery in Florida before joining our team, so we have the perfect person to champion our efforts in the market and work with our new partner, Cavalier Distributing.”
With the help of Cavalier Distributing of Florida, Sun King Brewery will launch distribution in Florida in July with package and draft versions of seasonal and specialty beers along with the following core offerings (descriptions sourced from the brewery’s website):
Osiris Pale Ale – Osiris Pale Ale is an assertive West Coast-Style Pale with a distinct citrus hop punch. ABV – 5.6% IBUs – 50 Pachanga Mexican-style Lager – Pachanga is a Mexican-Style Lager with a crisp malt flavor, perfect for hot days in the summer sun. ABV – 4.2% IBUs – 24
SKB IPA – SKB IPA is an India Pale Ale (IPA) brewed with American hops for long-lasting aroma and flavor. ABV – 6.5% IBUs – 70
Sun King and Cavalier Distributing plan to host a series of Florida launch events that will “include specialty beers like Gin Dreams, The Afterparty, Razzleblaster Busey, and The Velvet Fog, as well as seasonals GFJ IPA and Freedom Rock.” Exact details for these events have not yet been released, but we will be sure to update this post with that info just as soon as we get it. Stay tuned, and we hope to raise a glass with you in July as we all welcome Sun King Brewery to the Sunshine State. Prost!