Coronado Expands Distribution to Illinois


Coronado, CA  Coronado’s Award Winning ales are coming to Illinois, arriving on draught and in bottles beginning Monday, March 2nd. Coronado’s Core Series will be offered including Islander IPA, Orange Avenue Wit, Mermaid’s Red, as well as releases of seasonal Crown Series favorites such as Skull Wrapper, Senor Saison and Anniversary Ale.

Coronado has partnered with Wirtz Beverage Illinois who will be distributing Coronado’s beers throughout the entire state. “We’re honored to partner with Coronado and bring its West Coast-style beers to Illinois,” said Jeff Roth, vice president of the Alliance and Craft Beer Division, Wirtz Beverage Illinois. “From taste to ingredients and packaging, it’s ‘islander’ through-and-through, and its award-winning taste speaks to beer-lovers across the country.”

Coronado Brewing Company representatives will be in Illinois and hosting events in the Chicago area the first week of March. “We have been looking at Chicago for a long time, it is a great city with an appreciation for well made beer” said Rick Chapman, Co-Founder and President. “This is an exciting opportunity for us to be working with Wirtz Beverage, who are leaders in the industry.”

About Coronado Brewing Company:

In 1996, when craft beer was still a foreign term and San Diego County was home to only a handful of breweries, the Chapman brothers Ron and Rick opened a brewpub in their hometown of Coronado. CBC brews abundantly hoppy West Coast-style ales staying true to their San Diego roots. They began distributing their beers throughout the local market, and today you can find Coronado beers in 21 states across the US. In addition to their long established pub in Coronado, the company opened a tasting room inside their newly built San Diego production facility in early 2013. The past year has been very rewarding for the brewery; they opened their new tasting room in Imperial Beach, CA. Winning Champion Mid Size Brewery and Brewmaster at World Beer Cup in Denver awarded them with one of the most prestigious distinctions in the industry.

About Wirtz Beverage Group:

Wirtz Beverage Group is transforming the identity and execution standards of beverage distribution, earning distinction by embracing innovation and aggressively driving top-line growth.  Quality and integrity are company hallmarks while its financial stability is unrivaled.  With more than 2,500 employees in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada and Wisconsin, the company calls the industry’s elite beer, wine and spirit suppliers its partners.

Wirtz Beverage Group is a division of Chicago-based Wirtz Corporation whose diversified interests include financial services, real estate, insurance, entertainment, wholesale distribution and ownership of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Founded in 1926, Wirtz Corporation has been family-owned and operated for four generations.

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