Madison’s Ale Asylum launching in Minnesota this December

Madtown Nutbrown, Ambergeddon, Hopalicious—just a few of the popular flagship beers from Madison’s Ale Asylum that Minnesotans could only find by crossing the border into Wisconsin. That is, until now. Madison, Wisconsin’s Ale Asylum announced today that it will begin distributing five of its brands this month in Minnesota. “We have begun a soft launch … [ Read more]

Summit Brewing ceasing distribution in six states

In a Facebook post shared this morning, Summit Brewing Company announced they’re pulling distribution of their beer out of six states. The post reads as follows: “For over 30 years, Summit Brewing has focused on one thing: making the best, highest-quality beer for craft enthusiasts. Along the way, we’ve been invited into your homes, businesses, … [ Read more]

Dogfish Head lands in Minnesota

Dogfish Head will begin showing up on Minnesota retail shelves on March 27, but their “off-centered ales” are starting to pop up on draft lines around the Twin Cities this week. The Delaware craft brewery has teamed up with Breakthru Beverage Group to distribute their beers in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, including 60 Minute IPA, 90 Minute IPA, … [ Read more]

New Belgium adds four states to complete nationwide distribution

By the end of April, New Belgium beer will be available in all 50 states. The Fort Collins, Colorado, brewery announced today they’re expanding distribution into Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Oklahoma. After opening a second brewery in Asheville, North Carolina, in 2016, New Belgium now has the brewing capacity to lock in the national footprint. Oklahoma … [ Read more]

Odell Brewing expanding distribution to Illinois

A little slice of Colorado is heading for the Land of Lincoln. Odell Brewing Company announced today that they’ve partnered with Breakthru Beverage to expand distribution into Illinois. Both draft and packaged beer will be available throughout the entire state starting in February. “I always said that we wouldn’t distribute in Chicago unless the Cubs … [ Read more]

Minnesota gains the ‘Upper Hand’—Michigan brewery begins distribution in January

Escanaba, Michigan’s Upper Hand Brewery is expanding into Minnesota. Beginning in January 2017, the brewery will be distributing its beer lineup, such as their year-rounders of Upper Peninsula Ale, Escanaba Black Beer, Upper Hand Lager, and Yooper Ale, throughout the state with help from Artisan Beer Company. Upper Hand, which opened in 2014, is a division of the legendary … [ Read more]

Oliphant breaks down legal barrier with launch into Minnesota market

Oliphant’s dynamic duo, co-owners and co-brewers Matt Wallace and Trevor Wirtanen, have wanted to expand their distribution footprint into Minnesota since they began their brewery over two years ago. “If we were where New Glarus is, we’d consider being a Wisconsin-only brewery, but it’s right there, looking at us in the eyes,” Wirtanen says. It’s … [ Read more]

Harpoon Brewery is coming to Minnesota

Another craft brewery celebrating 30 years in business will soon be joining Summit on shelves in Minnesota. Boston’s Harpoon Brewery, founded in 1986, will be coming to the Twin Cities beginning in November. Harpoon is the 19th largest craft brewery in the country and Minnesota is the first new state they’ve expanded into in eight years. … [ Read more]

Upper Hand Brewery coming to Minnesota early 2017

Michigan’s Upper Hand Brewery will be expanding to a pint glass near you in early 2017. Minnesota will be the third state to distribute the Escanaba, Michigan-based brewery’s beer. Currently, Upper Hand’s limited footprint includes only Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin. While the relative newcomer is a division of the legendary Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Upper Hand … [ Read more]

Legendary Twin Cities beer distributors reflect on the rise of craft

In the craft beer industry, brewers tend to get a lot of attention, and rightly so. But behind every great brewery is a great salesforce. And if you ask around in the industry, there are certain names on the sales/distribution side of things that come up again and again—the veterans. The legends. The gurus. Gary … [ Read more]

Boston’s Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project closes, on to next adventure

Dann Paquette and Martha Holley-Paquette, owners of Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project, announced today in an open letter on their blog that they will cease operations and be moving on to a new project—though what that is remains to be seen. From the owners: Brewing our beers has been a great labor and a … [ Read more]

Union strike in Oregon City halts distribution of local craft beers

General Distribution in Oregon City is facing a strike by unionized drivers, shelf stockers and sales people, and it’s affecting the flow of local craft beer to retailers. According to a report by KGW Portland, workers say management has hinted at a pay cut that would amount to $19,000 less per employee, or $1.5 million total. In … [ Read more]