Crystal Coast Brewing and FreeBird Announce Distribution Partnership

MOREHEAD, N.C. — Crystal Coast Brewing Company of Morehead City, North Carolina and FreeBird Distribution of Raleigh, North Carolina announced Friday a partnership that will bring Crystal Coast’s award-winning craft beer to many regions in North Carolina including the Triangle, Triad, and Wilmington.

The partnership will allow FreeBird to distribute many of Crystal Coast’s styles in kegs and cans to 42 North Carolina counties for the first time starting mid-December.

Crystal Coast Brewing is a family-owned microbrewery located in Morehead City, NC with a taproom in Atlantic Beach, NC. Opening in 2017, the brewery produces a variety of styles, including many IPAs, lagers, and sours. Crystal Coast strives to create superior craft beer using high quality ingredients, many of which are locally sourced. The brewery won 7 medals at this year’s Carolinas Championship of Beer, and was awarded a silver medal this fall at the North Carolina Brewer’s Cup.

Crystal Coast currently distributes their beer across Eastern North Carolina, as well as in Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, and the Outer Banks. Raleigh and Durham will see an increased presence with this partnership, particularly in grocery stores.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to bring Crystal Coast beer to so many more across North Carolina,” said Charlie Poppe, owner and CEO of Crystal Coast Brewing. “Everyone here is eager to work with the team at FreeBird and all that they can bring. It’s a big step for us and we are ready to bring some great craft beer to even more of the state, especially in the Triangle.”

Beginning in 2018, FreeBird is leading the way into a new structure of brewery-distributor relationships. Their drive comes from a love of craft beer and a desire to propel independently owned breweries, offering personalized services every step of the way. They currently have three other North Carolina breweries in their portfolio, including Raleigh Brewing Company and Preyer Brewing Company. The company is operated by Morgan Nystedt, who brings a team with decades of experience in the industry.

“On behalf of the entire FreeBird Team and myself, we are thrilled to welcome Crystal Coast Brewing into our portfolio,” said Nystedt. “Bringing a coastal brand to the heart of North Carolina and beyond has been a goal of ours from the beginning and we couldn’t be happier with the partnership to achieve this goal. The team at Crystal Coast are some of the best people we’ve met and we are looking forward to growing together starting now!”

Brewbound Job Board

The leading job board for the beer industry. Featuring hundreds of jobs from leading breweries and associated companies.

Brewbound Marketplace Listing

The Brewbound Marketplace features listings for equipment, services, and more. Post a listing today.

Brewbound's Database of Breweries

Brewbound's database of breweries includes thousands of breweries from around the world.

Beer Events Calendar

A public calendar of events that are happening in the beer industry

View calendar | Post Event
Brewbound Live Winter 2020

Santa Monica, CA ● Dec. 3+4, 2020

Early Registration Open
Brewbound Podcast

The Brewbound Podcast features interviews with beer industry executives and entrepreneurs, along with highlights and commentary from the weekly news. New episodes every Thursday.

Brewbound Job Board

A weekly live-streamed discussion series with beer industry leaders and watchers on the business adjustments being made during the COVID-19 crisis and the future of the industry.