Distribution

Kentucky Legalizes Self-Distribution, Reforms Franchise Law for Small Breweries

Kentucky Legalizes Self-Distribution, Reforms Franchise Law for Small Breweries

Some Kentucky craft brewers will soon be able to distribute their own products and terminate wholesaler contracts more easily after Gov. Andy Beshear signed Senate Bill 15 into law on March 18. The new law will allow breweries producing fewer than 50,000 barrels of beer annually to self-distribute up to 2,500 barrels per year.

Jack’s Abby Seeks to Terminate Atlantic Beverage Distributors

Jack’s Abby Seeks to Terminate Atlantic Beverage Distributors

Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers is attempting to sever its relationship with Atlantic Beverage Distributors, its Massachusetts wholesaler. The Framingham, Massachusetts-based craft brewery provided Atlantic with notice on January 14, two days after franchise law reform was enacted in the state.

Boochcraft Expands to the East Coast

Boochcraft, the country’s #1 selling hard kombucha, announces major East Coast distribution expansion to New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The five-year-old hard kombucha company, which prides itself on using whole organic fruit and fair trade ingredients for its 7% ABV beverages, is a staple at retailers like Whole Foods, Sprouts, Erewhon, and other national chains.

Press Clips: Oregon Bill Would Make State Excise Tax Highest in US; Perishable Tax Credit In Senate Bill

Press Clips: Oregon Bill Would Make State Excise Tax Highest in US; Perishable Tax Credit In Senate Bill

Oregon lawmakers are considering a tax hike on alcoholic beverages that would increase taxes on malt beverages by $70 per barrel. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill in the early hours of Saturday, February 27. The bill includes a $25 billion fund for grants for bars, restaurants and breweries.

Reyes Strikes Again, Agrees to Acquire Redding Distributing in Northern California

Reyes Strikes Again, Agrees to Acquire Redding Distributing in Northern California

The Reyes Beer Division remains a very active acquirer in the state of California. The largest beer wholesaler in the U.S. continued to add to its business in the state today as its Harbor Distributing subsidiary signed an agreement to acquire Redding Distributing Company in Northern California.

Des Moines’ Exile Brewing Moves into Chicago Suburbs

Des Moines’ Exile Brewing Moves into Chicago Suburbs

Des Moines, Iowa-based Exile Brewing Company is expanding its distribution reach even further in the state of Illinois after launching in the Chicago suburbs of Aurora, Naperville, Wheaton, and Elgin last week.

Last Call: Catawba Acquires Skytown Beer in North Carolina; Boulder Beer Returns to 24 States

Last Call: Catawba Acquires Skytown Beer in North Carolina; Boulder Beer Returns to 24 States

Morganton, North Carolina-based Catawba Brewing Company acquired Skytown Beer Company, a brewpub in Wilmington, North Carolina, in a deal that closed February 10. Fifteen months after retrenching to focus on its brewpub, Boulder Beer’s portfolio will return to distribution in 28 states through a partnership with Stem Ciders and contract brewer Sleeping Giant in Denver.