Cazenovia, NY — Empire Brewing Company has entered into a partnership with United States Beverage to handle sales for the brewery in the US. Empire Brewing Company was founded in 1994 in Syracuse, New York, and has partnered with United States Beverage to increase their visibility, and grow Empire throughout the Northeast.
Last June, Empire opened a 60 barrel farm brewery and tasting room in Cazenovia, New York. The new brewery has enabled Empire to start bottling their award-winning ales and lagers. Previously Empire brews were only available in draught, but Empire began selling 6pks in June.
The 22-acre farm brewery has been cultivated to grow hops, lavender, vegetables, herbs, and fruits for use in the brewing process and to support the needs of both the Syracuse brewpub and Cazenovia tasting room. Empire became the largest farm brewery on the East Coast with the expansion of the Cazenovia location, producing more than 15,000 barrels annually.
“Our sales team consisted of six people spread out throughout New York and New Jersey. It became clear when we opened the new brewery that more sales support was needed to grow the brand” said David Katleski, Owner of Empire Brewing. “When it came time to select a partner, United States Beverage was our first choice due to their expertise and reputation within the industry.”
“When we were approached by Empire, we were ecstatic” said Dan DeLuca, VP of Sales at United States Beverage. “Empire was one of the original craft beers of New York, and with the addition of the brewery and brew pub, there is great potential to expand this brand beyond their current distribution. It also aligns with our strategy to diversify US Beverage’s portfolio to include Regional American craft leaders.”
“United States Beverage focuses on brand building and long term growth” said Katleski. “Their world class sales organization has the potential to bring Empire into new markets we wouldn’t be able to penetrate on our own.”
Bottled lineup includes 3 time consecutive Great American Beer Fest gold medal winner; Skinny Atlas Light, White Aphro, Slo Mo’ IPA, East Coast Amber Ale, and World Beer Cup gold medal winner; Black Magic Stout.
United States Beverage will begin selling Empire February 1st.
About Empire Brewing
Empire Brewing Company, est. 1994, is an award-winning brewer of handcrafted ales and lagers in the heart of downtown Syracuse. We aspire to provide customers with the finest all-natural ingredients available by utilizing fresh locally sourced products from over sixty Central New York farmers. In 2007, Empire modified its business model to focus on sustainability. We define our business philosophy with the phrases “Eat Where You Live™” and “We Grow Beer™” and attempt to embody the practice “Be Excellent” in all facets of our business. Located in Cazenovia, NY, the property also grows hops, lavender, vegetables, herbs, and fruits for use in the brewing process and to support the needs of Empire’s downtown brewpub. http://empirebrew.com/
About United States Beverage
United States Beverage (USB) is a premium craft and imported beer sales and marketing company located in Stamford, Connecticut. USB provides a national distribution network for a portfolio of premium brands including: Moosehead Lager & Moosehead Radler from Canada; Innis & Gunn from Scotland; The Grupo Damm portfolio of brands from Spain: Estrella Damm, Inedit Damm, and Daura Damm; Czechvar and Czechvar Dark from the Czech Republic; Tona Cerveza from Nicaragua; Kalik from the Bahamas, Superbock from Portugal, and Sonoma Cider from California. This year commemorates United States Beverage’s 20th anniversary of representing premium craft and import brands. www.unitedstatesbeverage.com