Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery announced today that its craft beers will be available in the states of Ohio and Kentucky starting on January 24, 2014. The Oregon-based brewery will be working with Heidelberg Distributing Company’s Rampant Brands Division, which focuses exclusively on the distribution, education and sale of craft beer. Rampant serves Ohio’s 88 counties as well as all retailers in the wet counties of Kentucky.
“With 11 million future fans and more than 22,000 licensed retail accounts, we knew moving into Ohio would be a huge undertaking," said Stacy Denbow, expansion manager for the brewery. "Partnership with an expert company like Heidelberg’s Rampant Division gave us a great opportunity to launch in Ohio, as well as extending into the great Commonwealth of Kentucky.”
From January 24 to February 6, Deschutes Brewery will be traveling to cities around Ohio and in the Louisville area of Kentucky for special tastings and other events. Look for details coming soon. Initially, Deschutes Brewery will be offering Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, the nation’s number one selling craft porter, Inversion IPA, and its spring seasonal, Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale. The beers will be available in six-packs and draft.
Earlier this year, Deschutes Brewery completed an expansion at its main facility in Bend, Oregon with a total of 10 new 1,300 barrel fermentation tanks. When all the new tanks are utilized, the brewery will have the capacity to brew more than 460,000 barrels annually to fill demand in its expanding distribution footprint.