Craft breweries can't make big decisions lightly, especially when it comes to moving their product into new territory. Last August, Saint Arnold Brewing made the announcement yesterday to move into the Florida market.
Saint Arnold signed with several Florida distributors, including Coastal Beverage Ltd., Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Great Bay Distributors Inc., Lewis Bear Company, Peace River Distributing, Pepin Distributing Company, Suncoast Beverage Sales and Tri Eagle Sales. But still no South Florida?
Along with Colorado, Texas and Louisiana, Florida will be the fourth state to join Saint Arnold's territory.
"We've been serving beer enthusiasts along the Gulf Coast for nearly 20 years - first in Texas and for the past three years in Louisiana - and we think we'll fit right into the markets along Florida's Gulf Coast," said Saint Arnold brewery/founder Brock Wagner.
The distribution will see Saint Arnold's taps in restaurants and pubs, with gradually expanding retail distribution of six-packs. Their lineup includes Fancy Lawmower beer, a German-style Kölsch; Elissa IPA and Christmas Ale. Stayed tuned for an updated list of locations.
Saint Arnold, named for Saint Arnold of Metz, the patron saint of brewers, is Texas' largest craft brewery and is ranked 45th on the Brewers Association list of top craft breweries. It operates out of a 104,000 square foot 3-story brick building originally constructed in 1914. Saint Arnold's brewhouse was imported from Klosterbrauerei Raitenhaslach, a Bavarian monastery.
Saint Arnold's beers have been recognized with 18 medals at the Great American Beer Festival and 10 World Beer Cup awards.