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 craft beer distributors in the Upper Midwest and is the perfect fit for our brands,” Toppling Goliath founder Clark Lewey said in a press release.
“We couldn’t be more excited to offer this fantastic portfolio of beers to our customers,” said Todd Johnson, COO of Johnson Brothers in a press release. “This is a great day for craft beer lovers in both Iowa and Minnesota.”
Toppling Goliath also announced it will break ground on an expansion facility later this fall that will more than double the brewery’s current capacity and provide opportunities for future growth. Completion of the expansion is expected by June 2016.
Since opening in 2009, the brewery has made a name for itself with hop bombs like its flagship pale ale PseudoSue and Intergalactic Warrior IPA. Earlier this year, with demand far outpacing Toppling Goliath’s brewing capacity, Lewey struck up a deal with contract brewer Brew Hub to begin making Goliath’s flagship beers at its Florida facility.
With the move growing the brewery’s capacity from 3,000 barrels per year to around 20,000, Lewey said it would help them expand distribution to Minnesota quicker than otherwise planned, and it seems he’s making good on that promise.
About 30 minutes prior to making the Minnesota announcement, Toppling Goliath took to Facebook to announce it would also be expanding distribution in its home state of Iowa. Several commenters pleaded with them to come north to Minnesota, though the pleas were met with skeptical responses like “Keep dreaming” from others. Turns out dreams can come true.
In response to additional requests on Twitter to expand to Chicago, Toppling Goliath tweeted that a move into Illinois will come after Minnesota.