This is BIG, BIG news - This is BIG news on just about every level!
Juneau, Alaska (February 16, 2012) - Alaskan Brewing Company announced its expansion into Texas yesterday – Two of the biggest states in the union have announced a union of their own and craft beer lovers far and wide are rejoicing! In a prepared statement Alaskan Brewing explains:
Beer drinkers in Texas will soon enjoy brews from the Last Frontier when Alaskan Brewing brings their bottled "taste of Alaska" to the Lone Star State this spring. Alaskan Brewing Co. is partnering with Ben E. Keith Beverage Distributors in Texas to bring their award-winning beers to market throughout the state.
"Alaskan's line up of award-winning beers has been requested by retailers and consumers in Texas for some time," says Ben E. Keith specialty beverage manager, Kevin Nettleton. "We are thrilled to be able to distribute this unique portfolio of beers across the state."
Alaskan Brewing is a long respected operation that was founded by Geoff and Marcy Larson in 1986, and they thought long & hard about this expansion:
The brewery researched the move into Texas for several years, wanting to first ensure they had an established supply chain to support the long trip from Alaska before expanding their distribution to such a large state. Texas will be the 14th state to serve Alaskan Brewing products.
"Alaskans and Texans seem to have a lot in common, especially in their appreciation of wide open spaces and of quality craft beer. We have been getting letters, calls and emails from thirsty Texans for years," says Alaskan Brewing Co-founder, Marcy Larson. "We are truly excited to finally be answering the call with our partners at Ben E. Keith."
Alaskan Brewery's first Lone Star release will be their Gold Rush-era inspired Alaskan Amber, along with Alaskan White Ale and Alaskan IPA on draft. These, as well as Alaskan's seasonal products, will be available in kegs and cases in Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston and San Antonio in April.