Deschutes Brewery announced Thursday its craft beers will be available in Michigan beginning October 6th. The Oregon-based brewery will partner with West Side Beer Distributing for distribution of its beers in the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing areas.
Stacy Denbow, expansion manager for the brewery, said, "We've seen a great amount of excitement leading up to our Michigan launch, our last major expansion for the 2014 year. Our fans in Michigan are passionate about their craft beer and we're looking forward to them being able to get Deschutes in their home state."
Beer is slated to be available October 6th in the three western Michigan cities, with launch events scheduled for October 8-11th. Initially, Deschutes Brewery will offer Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, the nation's number one selling craft porter, Inversion IPA, and its winter seasonal, Jubelale. The beers will be available in 6-packs (12-oz bottles) and draft.
Denbow continued, "We've been preparing for expanding our distribution area over the past few years, but we always want to make sure we can provide adequate supply to our entire footprint. We are keeping a close eye on capacity, and that's why we are focusing only on the western portion of Michigan at this point."
Deschutes launched in Ohio, Kentucky, central and western Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin earlier this year. The western portion of Michigan rounds out the brewery's geographic expansion for the year.
About West Side Beer Distributing
West Side Beer Distributing distributes a portfolio of great domestic, imported and craft beer across 14 different counties to over 4,000 retailers in Michigan. The family-owned company started in the Metro Detroit area in 1965 and now has 400 team members working out of locations in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Romulus. To learn more, visit www.westsidebeer.com or connect via Facebook (/WestSideBeer), Twitter (@WestSideBeer) or Instagram (@WestSideBeer).
About Deschutes Brewery
Founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon, Deschutes Brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the popular Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From the beginning, fine ingredients and hand-crafting have been the focus – for both the beer and the food. In 2008, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland's Pearl District. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 27 states and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River. To find out more, visit www.DeschutesBrewery.com or follow on Facebook (/Deschutes.Brewery) and Twitter (@DeschutesBeer).