Microbrasserie Les Trois Mousquetaires Returns to the U.S.

Microbrasserie Les Trois Mousquetaires (Brossard, Quebec) has officially announced that it will re-enter the U.S. market on October 1, 2021, thanks to an assist from Winter Dog Cellars (Fairfax, Virginia).

Returning to U.S. craft beer shelves after a two-year absence, Microbrasserie Les Trois Mousquetaires (LTM) was founded in 2004 and has earned quite the reputation by focusing on brewing “traditional styles with a modern craft twist.” By making “extensive use of local Quebec malts and other ingredients in all of their products,” LTM’s mission is to “offer the consumer a Quebec beer, all the while encouraging the economy and local know-how.” This approach has led to LTM being “named one of the Top 100 Breweries in the World by Rate Beer in both 2013 and 2020.”

A great deal of LTM’s success can be attributed to their flagship Porter Baltique, “an eight-time gold medal award winner at the World Beer Awards, including being named Best Baltic Porter in the world in 2010 and 2013, and was also named best overall beer in Canada in 2020 by Rate Beer.” Other highly regarded offerings from the brewery include Ceci N’est Pas Une Gueuze (Oak-aged Blended Sour), Saison Brett (Saison), Doppelbock, and Stout Imperiale and Dejeuner Imperiale (Imperial Stouts).

Winter Dog Cellars will re-introduce Microbrasserie Les Trois Mousquetaires to the U.S. market on October 1 in the areas of Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. Craft beer fans can expect additional markets to be “added selectively for the remainder of 2021, with substantial expansion planned for 2022.” Prost!

Proof Brewing Co. Expands Distribution to Orlando & Central Florida

Proof Brewing Co. (Tallahassee, Florida) has officially announced that it has partnered with Sunshine State Distribution to begin distribution in the Orlando area and eight Central Florida counties.

After years of requests, Proof Brewing Co. is hooking up Central Floridians by making their delicious lineup of brews available at restaurants, craft beer bars, and retail accounts located within eight Central Florida counties: Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Lake, Brevard, Volusia, and Flagler.

“We’re excited for our new partnership with Sunshine State Distribution and the ability to get our beer to fans in Central Florida,” said Owner Byron Burroughs. “From our core lineup to seasonal innovation, including our fruited sour beers, we’re ready to spread our love for craft beer.”

Proof Brewing Co. will enter this new distribution territory with “some of the brewery’s most popular offerings, including Eightfive-0 American Pale Ale, La La Land IPA, Mango Wit Wheat Ale, Lager, and Evil Kiss Berliner sour series.” Offerings from Proof Brewing Co. are hitting the Orlando/Central Florida area now. Prost!

Bent Water Brewing Co. Expands Distribution to Florida

Bent Water Brewing Co. (Lynn, Massachusetts) has officially announced that it has partnered with Progressive Distribution so that it can begin distribution in Florida immediately.

Founded in 2015, Bent Water Brewing Co. decided to “plant [their] passion” in Lynn, Massachusetts due to the area’s “rich industrial history and superior water source.” That precious water source quickly shaped the brewery’s core beliefs around the idea that “every beer begins with water, and with careful, creative manipulation, [Bent Water Brewing Co. bends] water into unique, flavorful brews.” After spending the last few years executing their mission and endearing themselves to craft beer fans in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Bent Water will venture out of New England for the first time and send their wildly popular beers to Florida.

Bent Water Brewing Co. will enter the Sunshine State with the following two flagship offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website):

  • Sluice Juice | New England IPA – With aromatics of orange, tangerine and lime peel, Sluice Juice is our juicy, hazy and smooth New England IPA. ABV – 6.2%
  • Thunder Funk | West Coast-style IPA – Brewed with four hop varieties and three different malts, Thunder Funk pours a hazy orange color with a thick head. Its nose offers mango, citrus, pine and a touch of honey. Juicy hops supported by a soft malt backbone deliver mango, passion fruit, slight biscuit and a lingering bitterness. ABV – 7.2%

“We’re really excited about getting down to Florida,” said Aaron Reames, co-founder and President, Bent Water Brewing. “It’s a really dynamic environment with a lot of enthusiasm for great beer. We also know a lot of people from the Northeast like to vacation or snowbird down there, and we think they’ll like a chance to support one of their hometown breweries.”

Progressive Distribution will handle all distribution responsibilities for Bent Water Brewing Co. in Florida. You can expect to find Sluice Juice and Thunder Funk available at select craft beer-focused establishments located throughout the state of Florida beginning in August 2020. Prost!

Dixie Brewing Company Expands Distribution to Florida Panhandle

Dixie Brewing Company | Dixie Beer (New Orleans, Louisiana) has officially announced that it has partnered with The Lewis Bear Company so that the brewery can once again begin distribution in the Florida Panhandle in late June 2020.

After leaving the state of Florida in 2019 to regroup and refocus the brewery’s approach to distribution, Dixie Brewing Company is now ready to return to the Sunshine State. Dixie will re-introduce itself to Florida beer fans with the following offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website):

  • Dixie Lager – A century of brewing tradition meets modern day in our flagship brew. Dixie adheres to the highest quality standards, using pale malt, rice and Cascade and Cluster hops in its time-honored 28-day process, delivering a crisp, flavorful premium beer. ABV – 4.6%
  • Dixie Light – Dixie Light delivers the full-flavor and satisfaction of an American lager with just a fraction of the calories and carbohydrates you might expect. Have a sip and see for yourself how great our Dixie Light tastes. ABV – 3.8%
  • D’Ice | Ice Brewed Beer – Cold brewed for the smoothest taste. Don’t gamble with beer choice, roll with D’ICE. ABV – 5.9%
  • Blackened Voodoo – Rich, malty and smooth like the great German dunkels that inspired it. Dixie Blackened Voodoo Lager balances premium roasted barley malts with Mt. Hood and Cascade hops. The result is a dark, mysterious brew known for its bewitching character and magical spirit! ABV – 5.5%
  • Crimson Voodoo | Raspberry White Ale – This fruited white ale uses tart, fresh raspberries and a clean hop profile to balance the sweet and spicy orange peel and coriander aromas. Don’t be afraid of the pink hue, it will bring you good luck if you dare to practice Crimson Voodoo. ABV – 5.2%
  • Voodoo Queen | Hazy IPA – She’s smooth but bitter. She’s sweet but packs a serious punch. Her appearance may be hazy, but it’s clear to us that she’s the boss. All hail the Voodoo Queen! ABV – 6.8%
  • Voodoo Doll | Lil’ IPA – Ever dreamed of using a Voodoo Doll for your darkest fantasies? Well stop that! Instead, sacrifice this hazy lil’ IPA, by drinking it down and enjoying the sweet, soft Doll of a beer. ABV – 4.7%

“Dixie was previously distributed in Florida until early 2019. We removed the brand from the state last year in a conscious effort to focus on our production relaunch in New Orleans and our existing partners in the contiguous states surrounding Louisiana. We are hyper aware of how competitive the market has become for regional beer brands that expand beyond their home markets, and we expect to leverage our 113+ year history and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility as a competitive advantage” according to Jim Birch Dixie’s General Manager.

“The team at Lewis Bear have been fantastic from the start. We’ve been working with David Bear and his team since early 2020 to design a roll-out plan that leverages our New Orleans roots and the Florida Panhandle’s world-class tourist friendly reputation,” said Birch.

Beginning in late June, the beers listed above will be available in the Florida Panhandle as far east as Panama City. With the addition of Florida, the beers of Dixie Brewing Company are now available in seven states. The brewery’s full distribution footprint now includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Maine and parts of Florida. Prost!

North Coast Brewing Co. Partners with Artisanal Imports to Cover Eastern & Central U.S.

Artisanal Imports (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it has partnered with North Coast Brewing Co. (Fort Bragg, California) to be the brewery’s sales and marketing partner for the central and eastern regions of the United States.

A true pioneer in the craft beer community, North Coast Brewing Co. was founded in 1988 with a mission to “Make the World a Better Place, One Pint at a Time.” The brewery has since gone on to establish a highly respected beer portfolio that includes iconic beers such as Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Old Stock Ale, Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale, PranQster Belgian Style Golden Ale, and Scrimshaw Pilsner. Now, more than 30 years after its establishment, North Coast is continuing to grow by expanding and improving upon its presence in the eastern and central U.S.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Artisanal team to introduce our portfolio to new markets around the country,” says Jeffrey Ottoboni, Chief Executive Officer of North Coast Brewing Company “The North Coast brand continues to expand, and we are delighted to have the support of Artisanal Imports.”

“I am extremely excited about our North Coast connection, as the brewery is a legendary pioneer in the American craft beer movement,” says Bob Leggett, Founder, and CEO of Artisanal Imports. “Scrimshaw and Old Rasputin are some of my favorites in their styles. The brewery has recently moved into cans that will certainly open new doors. I believe this will be a great partnership, and we will both reap the benefits of our expertise.”

With this partnership in place, Artisanal Imports now represents North Coast Brewing Co. as its sales liaison with on- and off-premises retailers and distributors in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Prost!

Allagash Brewing Company Returns to Florida for a Limited Time

Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) has officially announced that it has partnered with Total Wine & More to bring Allagash White and River Trip to Florida for a limited time beginning in June 2020.

After a ten year absence from the Sunshine State, Allagash Brewing Company is returning to craft beer shelves in Florida by sending the following two fan-favorite offerings to Total Wine & More stores located throughout the state (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website):

  • Allagash White – Our interpretation of a Belgian-style wheat beer is brewed with oats, malted wheat, and unmalted raw wheat for a hazy, “white” appearance. Spiced with our own special blend of coriander and Curaçao orange peel, Allagash White is both complex and refreshing. ABV – 5.2%
  • River Trip – A companion to backyards, backwoods, and balconies alike. River Trip is a low-ABV, Belgian-style table beer with hop-forward grapefruit and stone fruit notes. It’s brewed with local grains and spiced with coriander for an extra hint of citrus. Dry hopping with Comet and Azacca contributes to the mix of melon and grapefruit notes in the beer’s aroma. Good for any adventure. ABV – 4.8%

“We left the Florida market 10 years ago and are excited to bring a selection of our core beers back to the state’s burgeoning beer scene,” said Rob Tod Allagash founder.

“We recently had an exciting opportunity to partner with Total Wine and sell select packaged beer through all of its stores across Florida,” Allagash sales director Naomi Neville added. “We think that offering cans of Allagash White and River Trip — two fan-favorites in our lineup — is a great way to reintroduce ourselves to Florida’s craft beer fans.”

Allagash White will be available in 12-packs of 12 oz. cans and in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and River Trip will be available in 4-packs 16 oz. cans. Floridian beer lovers can expect to find both offerings exclusively at Total Wine & More locations for a limited time. Prost!

Second Line Brewing Expands Distribution to Alabama

SecondLineLogoSecond Line Brewing (New Orleans, Louisiana) has officially announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Budweiser Busch Distributing Co. (Bud Busch) in Mobile, Alabama and will begin distribution in South Alabama in April 2020.

Founded five years ago, Second Line Brewing has since established “itself as one of New Orleans’ most loved neighborhood craft breweries” by “brewing honest and well-crafted small batch beers at their brewery located in the Mid-City neighborhood.” Now that they are confident that they can “support the brand appropriately” in other markets, Second Line has decided to launch distribution in South Alabama with the following three offerings:

  • Queen of New England – New England-style India Pale Ale
  • Saison Named Desire – A classic Saison brewed with orange zest and Moro blood orange. Light, refreshing, balanced and perfect for any occasion.  ABV – 5.6%  IBUs – 27
  • West Coast Style IPA – Heaps of late kettle and dry hops, along with a restrained malt bill and hop-friendly water profile come together to produce an IPA with a great floral aroma and assertive citrus/grapefruit flavor.  ABV – 6.5%  IBUs – 68

“Extending our reach into Alabama with Bud Busch makes total sense for us. There are a lot of ties between New Orleans and Southern Alabama including Mardi Gras in Mobile, vacationing in Fairhope and of course the beach at Gulf Shores. We have a great following in New Orleans and look forward to extending our following to South Alabama.”

 

– Mark Logan, Co-founder & COO at Second Line Brewing

With Bud Busch handling all distribution responsibilities, Second Line Brewing plans to begin distribution in South Alabama on April 1.  You can expect to find Second Line Brewing’s offerings at craft beer-friendly establishments located in the Mobile, Fairhope and Gulf Shores areas of Alabama. Prost!

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J. Wakefield Brewing Begins Distributing to Publix Super Markets in Florida

JWakeLogoJ. Wakefield Brewing (Miami, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin distributing El Hefe and Hops 4 Teacher IPA to 40 Publix Super Markets in South Florida, from Broward County to Key West, in January 2020.

After hearing from countless fans requesting the ability to turn Publix grocery runs into J. Wakefield Brewing (JWB) beer runs,  the brewery is finally ready to make those requests a reality now that they know that they can meet the demand and ensure that all the beer will be “brewed and packaged exclusively at JWB’s brewery on 24th Street in Wynwood by the JWB brew team.”  J. Wakefield Brewing will enter select Publix Super Markets with the following two Core offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release and website):

  • El Hefe – A traditional German Hefeweizen in its core, but with the addition of fresh coconut flakes for a taste of South Florida and its beautiful surrounding beaches.  ABV – 5%  IBUs – 13
  • Hops 4 Teacher IPA – A generously Citra hopped India Pale Ale with notes of grapefruit and passionfruit.  ABV – 6.5%  IBUs – 67

“We couldn’t be happier to make our beer available through Publix. It seems like people have been asking us about Publix distribution, since we opened the brewery. We really wanted to make sure that we could adequately meet the demand, without contracting out the brewing. It was important to us that the beer be brewed here, by our team” said JWB owner/founder/brewmaster, Johnathan Wakefield. “It’s the first of several major announcements that we’ll be making in 2020.”

El Hefe and Hops 4 Teacher IPA will begin hitting Publix store shelves in January 2020.  You can expect to find both offerings available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans in the craft beer sections at 40 Publix Super Markets located in the South Florida area that spans from Broward County to Key West.  Prost!

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!