Continuing the growth in production and distribution of its world-class beers, Cigar City Brewing has announced the addition of the Southern California market to its distribution footprint. Stone Distributing has signed on as Cigar City Brewing’s wholesale partner in the Southern California market and will help introduce SoCal to CCB’s dynamic line-up of ales and lagers, including Jai Alai IPA. Kegs and twelve-ounce cans of Jai Alai IPA, Maduro Brown Ale, Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale and their newest year-round offering Guayabera Citra Pale Ale will be available from San Diego to Santa Barbara beginning in late February.
Looking to build on the strong relationship between Stone Distributing and their CANarchy portfolio-mates Oskar Blues Brewery, Cigar City Brewing enters the California market poised for strong and sustained growth following their launch. One of the fastest growing brands in the country, CCB boasts the best-selling craft six-pack can through national IRI reporting in Jai Alai IPA with other year-round and seasonal offerings complementing. National and international awards and accolades have garnered attention for the brewery since their inception in 2009.
“Southern California is a mecca for craft beer and we’re excited to tell our story to the beer-loving masses in SoCal,” said CCB’s El Lector Neil Callaghan. “Stone Distributing has been a huge influence in crafting (pun intended) the beer scene in the area and we couldn’t be happier to partner with their team.”
Stone Distributing Senior Director of Sales Brian Dewey added, “We are incredibly stoked to have Cigar City join our limited portfolio of innovative brewers. They are bringing a regional portfolio that complements our partners and providing our customers something uniquely different for Southern California. It will be exciting to watch how the market responds with such a dynamic lineup of beers.”
Market launch events will be taking place throughout Southern California in late February, March and April with numerous Cigar City Brewing representatives travelling from Tampa to celebrate the arrival of its award-winning beers. These events will feature Cigar City Brewing beers and will be incredible opportunities for the area’s craft beer fans to learn about Cigar City Brewing’s history and its award winning beer from the people who know it best.
Cigar City Brewing’s beer, including award-winning Jai Alai IPA, will be available in fifteen states encompassing Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado, Utah, Texas, Illinois and California starting in February. Cigar City Brewing’s ales and lagers are also exported to Denmark.
Cigar City Brewing, makers of Jai Alai IPA and Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout, was founded in 2009 by Joey Redner with the goal of creating world-class beer that reflected the flavors and history of the Tampa region. This unique approach has resonated with local and national markets and the brewery has grown quickly to produce over 90,000 barrels of beer in 2017. Along with Oskar Blues Brewery, Perrin Brewing, Squatters Craft Beers and Wasatch Brewery, Cigar City Brewing is a part of CANarchy, a craft brewing collective that represents the largest canned craft beer supplier in the country.