Dogfish Head has inked an agreement with Indiana Beverage for distribution throughout the state’s 24 counties. It’s the first new contract in the state for the brewery, but additional agreements with wholesalers will be finalized early in the New Year, according to a brief announcement posted on Dogfish’s blog. It adds that Dogfish beers could be back on shelves in northern Indiana as soon as the week of December 30.
The deal comes nearly three years after Dogfish withdrew from the market, when the brewery, citing its inability to keep up with demand, also pulled out of Wisconsin, Rhode Island and Tennessee.
Earlier this month, however, the brewery announced new distribution in Wisconsin and Rhode Island, as well as its intention to return to Tennessee and Indiana.
The brewery’s re-entry into these markets coincides with a $52 million expansion that will open up about 300,000 barrels of capacity.
The full list of initial Indiana counties includes Lake, Newton, Porter, Jasper, La Porte, Starke, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Marshall, Fulton, Elkhart, Kosciusko, Wabash, Grant, La Grange, Noble, Whitley, Huntington, Steuben, De Kalb, Allen, Wells, Adams and Benton.