Distribution Roundup: Almanac Expands to New York; Kannah Creek Enters Arizona

Almanac Heads to the Big Apple

Making its biggest geographic leap to date, San Francisco’s Almanac Beer has announced plans to expand distribution to New York.

Per a new partnership with S.K.I. Beer, Almanac’s lineup of beers will be available throughout the state’s five boroughs and on Long Island both on draft and in bottles beginning September 14.

“I feel like if you want to be a national brewery you have to be a part of New York,” Jesse Friedman, Almanac co-owner and brewmaster, told Brewbound. “We’re also very much a part of the food scene here in San Francisco, so we’re very attracted to the restaurant and food culture of New York as well.”

The company plans to slowly enter new markets, Friedman added. Currently, Almanac’s beers are sold throughout its home state of California, in Washington and Colorado.

Kannah Creek Expands to Arizona

Kannah Creek Brewing has expanded distribution into Arizona per an agreement with Young’s Market Company of Arizona, the brewery announced earlier this week.

The Grand Junction, Colo.-based brewery made its first shipments of its three flagship brands — Lands End Amber, Standing Wave Pale Ale, and Broken Oar IPA — in early August. Young’s Market will also distribute Kannah Creek’s rotating line of seasonal offerings in the state.

“We chose to distribute to Arizona because it is a similar sized market as Colorado,” Kannah Creek co-owner and head brewer, Jim Jeffryes, said in a news release. “Plus we are a neighboring state which puts [Young’s Market] close to us for easy support.”

This is the company’s first foray out of its home state.

Rubicon Signs with DBI

Rubicon Brewing will expand its wholesale coverage throughout 20 counties in its home state of California and into Arizona per a new partnership with DBI Beverage Sacramento.

According to the Merced Sun-Star, DBI began distributing the Sacramento-based brewery’s lineup of beers on Tuesday. A separate article published by the Sacramento Bee added the company’s beers would now be available at all future matches of the city’s professional soccer club, Sacramento Republic FC, at Bonney Field.

“Our company is extremely happy about this relationship, and we will take Rubicon to the next level,” said John Janosko, vice president and general manager of DBI Sacramento, told the Bee.

According to Rubicon’s website, DBI will service the Siskiyou, Trinity, Shasta, Lassen, Tehama, Plumis, Glenn, Butte, Sierra, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Nevada, Placer, Yolo, Solano, Sacramento, El Dorado, Alpine, and Amador counties.

Jailbreak Hits Western Maryland

Jailbreak Brewing has inked an agreement with Wantz Distributors for coverage throughout Maryland’s Frederick County.

According to the Frederick News-Post, the Laurel, Md.-based brewery’s beers will be available at restaurants beginning September 18, as well as at the Great Frederick Fair, which is scheduled to commence September 12.

“We’re extremely excited to share our beers with your area,” Justin Bonner, CEO and founder of the Laurel-based brewery, told the website.