Bloomington, IL — In a new agreement announced today, DESTIHL┬« Brewery, of Bloomington, Illinois, and Bella Vista Beer Distributors Inc., of Philadelphia, will join forces to distribute DESTIHL’s acclaimed and award-winning craft beer brands in Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania.
“After being in talks with Bella Vista for several months, we are excited to team up and get started with a Pennsylvania distributor that is so perfectly suited for our diverse and unique portfolio of beers. We will be a great fit with Bella Vista’s current lineup of great breweries and brands,” says DESTIHL founder, Brewmaster and CEO, Matt Potts.
In the near term, DESTIHL will launch a diverse selection of its beer brands, including draft kegs and 12-ounce cans of its award-winning Strawberry Blonde Ale (in 4-packs), Hoperation OverloadTM Double IPA (in 4-packs) and Abbey’s SingleTM (a Belgian-style Abbey Single Ale) (in 6-packs), as well as draft kegs of ClariceTM Belgian Dark Strong Ale, TenebrousTM Black RyePA, Black AngelTM Stout, VertexIPATM, AltercationTM, Ambassador Belgian Double Pale AleTM and DownstateTM Pale Ale. Pennsylvania will also immediately get its hands on beers from DESTIHL’s Wild Sour Series, including its award-winning Counter ClockWeisseTM (a Berliner-style Weisse) and Black Berliner Weisse.
Jordan Fetfatzes, Vice President of Bella Vista, said “Everyone at Bella Vista is honored to be appointed by Matt and his crew to represent DESTIHL brands and beers in the Philadelphia region. We love the beers DESTIHL brews and cannot wait to get them into the hands of the good people of the commonwealth of PA. Personally and professionally, we are huge fans of Midwestern beers, and DESTIHL is the proof that we are right!”
DESTIHL’s first shipment to Pennsylvania arrived Friday and will hit the market soon.
DESTIHL opened its first gastrobrewpub (DESTIHL Restaurant & Brew Works) in Normal, Illinois, in November 2007 and added its second gastrobrewpub in downtown Champaign in April 2011, where the company focuses on both artisan food and beers. DESTIHL’s 20,000sf production brewery in Bloomington, IL commenced operations on May 31, 2013 and includes a 25-barrel brewhouse, several large fermenters having a capacity of 10,000 barrels annually and 100,000 cubic feet of barrel-aging space. The brewery is currently expanding again by adding another row of tanks to grow fermentation capacity to over 16,000 barrels, and it is in the process of adding bottling equipment for packaging its long-awaited Saint Dekkera┬« Reserve Sour Ales. The brewery currently distributes its beers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Arizona, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Louisiana, Ohio and now Pennsylvania, with launches planned for later this summer in Florida, Washington State and Oregon.
About Bella Vista
Started in 1984 by Marinos and Olimpia Fetfatzes, and celebrating our 30th Anniversary, Bella Vista Specialty Beer Distributors has become a THE choice as the ‘go to’ independent craft and import-only wholesaler in Philadelphia. Bella Vista continues to be noticed locally by our peers and consumers alike; winning numerous awards and accolades through the years, including Philadelphia Beer Scene Magazine’s highly touted “Best Philadelphia Distributor” 5 years running. Bella Vista currently operates in a 50,000sqft modern facility in downtown Philadelphia, allowing for immediate service in the city of Philadelphia, and strategically located near interstates 95, 76 and 476 to service its entire footprint with ease. Bella Vista is the only independent craft-only beer wholesaler in the city of Philadelphia.