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]

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]

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]

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]

AleSmith expands distribution to Michigan next month

AleSmith Brewing Company of San Diego, California, announced plans to begin distribution into Michigan starting next month. The move comes after the brewery’s recent expansion into a 105,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art brewing facility capable of producing enough beer to supply territories it has heretofore been unable to service. With a pair of recent partnerships with Kalamazoo-based Imperial Beverage and … [ 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]

UPDATE: The Bruery is coming to Minnesota, beer list announced

Orange County, California’s, The Bruery is expanding distribution into Minnesota beginning in early June. The Bruery was founded in 2008 and focuses on barrel-aged and experimental beers. It takes its name from founder Patrick Rue’s family surname. Expect to see The Bruery’s nationally-distributed beers on shelves in late May or early June, which includes their Jardinier … [ Read more]

Wirtz Beverage merges, rebrands as Breakthru Beverage Group

Wirtz Beverage Co. has completed their long-planned merger with Charmer Sunbelt and is now officially operating as Breakthru Beverage Group, the company announced via press release Monday. The new company, which distributes Ballast Point, Green Flash, and Samuel Adams in Minnesota, among many other national and local craft beers, wines, and spirits, will operate in 19 markets … [ Read more]

Maui Brewing expands distribution to CA, NV

Maui Brewing Co. is expanding its distribution to California and Nevada. Maui’s beers had been available in both states, but this latest expansion will move them into even more markets. According to the release, Maui Brewing Co. is Hawaii’s largest craft brewer and operates a production brewery and tasting room in Kihei, a brewpub in … [ Read more]

UPDATE: Artisan Beer Company will distribute Toppling Goliath starting next month

Starting in late August, Minnesotans will no longer have to cross a state line to buy Toppling Goliath beer. The Decorah, Iowa, brewery will officially announce today it is partnering with Johnson Brothers’ Artisan Beer Company to expand its distribution into Minnesota and take over distribution in Iowa. “Johnson Brothers is one of the best … [ Read more]

Toppling Goliath coming to Minnesota

Late last week, Decorah, Iowa’s, Toppling Goliath Brewing Company announced via Twitter that it will begin distributing its beers in Minnesota. We now have a distributor for MN and will announce market plans in a press release soon. Licenses applied for. — TG Brews Hop Patrol (@TGBrews) July 16, 2015 Since opening in 2009, … [ Read more]

Indeed Brewing Co. Expands Distribution

Today, Indeed Brewing Company announced their plans to expand distribution further into the great state of Minnesota. This is possible thanks to their new partnership with distributor D & D Beer Co. This new deal will help Indeed meet the ever-growing demand for craft beer in areas like St. Cloud, the Brainerd Lakes area, and Bemidji. … [ Read more]