New York’s Captain Lawrence Brewing has signed on with Massachusetts Beverage Alliance (MBA) for distribution throughout the Bay State.
Beginning this October, limited quantities of the company’s beers will be available on draft at bars and restaurants. A “full scale release” of Captain Lawrence’s entire portfolio, both on draft and in bottles, is slated for January.
“We are beyond excited to give Massachusetts beer lovers the opportunity to enjoy our beers,” said Scott Vaccaro, owner and head brewer of Captain Lawrence. “We want every consumer to taste our beer at the peak of freshness and the MBA’s commitment to quality and freshness will ensure that.”
Captain Lawrence sold 21,500 barrels in 2015, according to the Brewers Association, up 18 percent over the year prior.
For MBA – a statewide network of wholesalers comprised of Atlas Distributing, Burke Distributing, Merrimack Valley Distributing, Colonial Wholesale Beverage and Commercial Distributing – the new partnership is the latest in a string relationships forged this summer with diverse out-of-state craft brewers of varying size.
In June, MBA signed a distribution agreement with the small (1,000 barrels in 2014) but highly-praised Logsdon Farmhouse Ales from Hood River, Ore. And in May, MBA secured the rights to Knee Deep, a fast growing operation in California that sold 11,000 barrels in 2014.