Adnams Signs Deal with Crafted Exports to Distribute Harpoon, Captain Lawrence in the United Kingdom

SOUTHWOLD, SUFFOLK, England — Adnams, the award-winning Suffolk brewer and distiller, has entered into an exclusive distribution partnership with Crafted Exports, the leading international distributor of American craft beers and spirits.

Through Crafted Exports, Adnams is now distributing a selection of craft beers and limited edition ales from popular US breweries in the UK. These include:

  • Harpoon Brewery, producer of:
    – Take 5 IPA 4.3% ABV a Session IPA
    – IPA 5.9% ABV
    – UFO White 4.8% ABV
  • Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, producer of Effortless Grapefruit IPA 4.5% ABV
  • Butternuts Beer and Ale, producer of Porkslap Pale Ale 4.3% ABV
  • Doc’s Draft Cider produced by Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery

The beers will be available across the UK on-trade and off-trade and Harpoon’s Take 5 and UFO White already have listings in the off-trade.

“There are some fantastic beers available and we are hoping that, through the partnership with Crafted Exports, we will be able to bring even more of the most exciting beers from the US to the UK market,” said Maxwell Bond, Sales Director at Adnams. “The beers we have initially distributed via Crafted Exports are already proving popular, particularly with premium beer bars and we expect interest to increase as consumers get to know these fantastic beers.”

“Pairing our quality driven supply chain and brand management programme with Adnams’ world class distribution and sales teams allows us better help grow the amazing UK craft beer market and get more beers to pubs,”said Qurban Walia, Co-President and Co-Founder of Crafted Exports.

The brands are also very excited.

“Everyone at Harpoon is thrilled to bring our portfolio of flavourful, drinkable Ales to beer lovers throughout the UK,” said Jon Schwartz, Vice President of Business Development at Harpoon Brewery. “Our first beers – and many since – were inspired by English ales and we know it will be love at first sip.”

“Ever since spending a summer working as an intern at Adnams years ago I have been in love with the pub culture that surrounds great beer in the UK,” said Scott Vaccaro, Founder of Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. “We are proud and honoured to have a chance to send our beer across the Atlantic to be included in that culture.”

“It is an honour to have Butternuts Beer & Ale as part of the UK beer culture,” said Chuck Williamson, Founder of Butternuts Beer and Ale. “Our brewing influences stem from our English roots and we consider the opportunity to sell our beer in the UK market a great achievement.”

About Adnams

Adnams, the brewer, distiller and retailer, is an independent values-based family business committed to a sustainable future. It has been brewing in Southwold on the Suffolk coast for over 145 years and produces a range of cask, keg and bottled beers. Adnams was the first brewer in England to build a distillery on the same site in 2010, where it creates award winning handcrafted spirits and proudly produces the ‘World’s Best Gin’, Copper House Dry Gin, and the ‘World’s Best Vodka’, Longshore Triple Malt Vodka*. Adnams beers and spirits can be found in pubs and supermarkets nationwide. The company also has an estate of pubs, hotels and a chain of stores. For further information about Adnams, visit

*As voted at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

About Crafted Exports

Crafted Exports is a premier international distributor of craft beers and spirits that specializes in using innovative, quality-control delivery processes to deliver the freshest products to markets across the world. For more information, please visit

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