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!

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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!

 

Short’s Brewing Company Expands Distribution Into Central Florida

shortsbrewinglogoShort’s Brewing Company (Elk Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will launch distribution in the greater Orlando and Tampa areas of Florida in mid-January 2019.

Widely known for their extensive lineup of flagship and experimental beers, Short’s Brewing Company is a brewery that “prides themselves on producing fearlessly creative beers handmade by people who care in northern Michigan.”  This brewery cares about its fans so much that it is now following Michigan-based, craft beer-lovin’ snowbirds south by launching distribution in Central Florida.

“Although we’re seeing double-digit growth in our existing area, a lot of Short’s beer drinkers head south for the winter, and we wanted to ensure their favorite brews are available to them. We’ve received many requests from Michigan-residents visiting Florida over the years, so we’re combatting seasonality and keeping people happy at the same time.”

 

– Scott Newman-Bale, Partner at Short’s Brewing Company

Short’s Brewing Company will roll out in Central Florida with the following offerings:

The following selection of Starcut Ciders, the Hard Cider division of Short’s Brewing, will also hit Central Florida in January:

With the help of Cavalier Distributing in the greater Orlando area and J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. in the greater Tampa area, Short’s Brewing Company will arrive in Central Florida in mid-January.  The brewery plans to host a series of Launch Events in the Tampa area during the week of January 14 and in Orlando the following week (exact details on event locations will be posted soon).  If you cannot make it out to an official Launch Party, you can expect to find Short’s Brewing Company/Starcut Ciders offerings available on draft and in their respective packaging formats at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located throughout the greater Orlando and Tampa areas of Florida.  Prost!

 

Angry Chair Brewing Extends Distribution Reach into Central Florida

angrychairlogoAngry Chair Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially partnered with Sunshine State Distributing so that it can immediately begin distribution in the following Central Florida counties: Orange, Osceola, Polk, Brevard, Lake, and Seminole.

A brewery that does not really require an introduction, Angry Chair Brewing is one of the most lauded, respected and sought-after brewers of decadent pastry stouts in the world.  After years of insanely long wait lines for bottle releases, a plethora of sold out events and countless high ratings on beer-related sites, Thrillist finally confirmed what all Tampa-based craft beer lovers already knew when they named Angry Chair Brewing “The Best Craft Brewery in Florida” in an article published in November 2018.  Distribution expansion is inevitable when it comes to a brewery as highly praised as this one, and it only seems fitting that Angry Chair is starting small and keeping it local by sending some love out to its neighbors in Central Florida.

“We are excited for the opportunity to partner with Angry Chair Brewing,” said Chris Larue, president and founder of Sunshine State Distributing. “Their beer will be a welcome addition to shelves and taps around Central Florida—we can’t wait to get it into the hands of craft beer lovers in the area.”

 

“We’re known for our stouts, but we have the flexibility to be creative and change up our beer. To have a distributor be okay with that and encourage it makes this partnership a no-brainer for us,” said Ryan Dowdle, co-founder of Angry Chair Brewing. “We’ve had a lot of requests for our beer in Central Florida and Orlando specifically. We’re excited to have that support and be able to send some beer their way.”

With Sunshine State Distributing handling all distribution responsibilities, Angry Chair Brewing will launch in its new Central Florida territory in late December with a “regular line-up” of offerings that includes “Nexus Sour IPA, Vodnik Czech Style Pils, Two Pump Chump Porter, and others. Additional rotating beers will be distributed throughout the year based on availability.”  You can expect to find Angry Chair Brewing offerings at select at craft beer-friendly bars, restaurants and retailers located throughout Orange, Osceola, Polk, Brevard, Lake, and Seminole counties.  Prost!

Scofflaw Brewing Co. Expands Distribution to Alabama

ScofflawScofflaw Brewing Co. (Atlanta, Georgia) has announced that it has partnered with United–Johnson Brothers and will begin distribution in the state of Alabama on Monday, December 3.

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:

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!

 

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Expands Distribution in Georgia

GA_Expansion_ComingSoon_FinalCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has announced that it will work with its distributor, Savannah Distributing, to expand the brewery’s distribution footprint in mid-November to now include the cities of Augusta and Columbus, Georgia.

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!