Milwaukee Brewing Company has come a long way since their opening in 1997 as a brewpub.
In 1997, the Milwaukee Ale House opened in the city’s Historic Third Ward delivering a full range of ales to a town known for its lagers. In 2007, the 15 bbl brewpub was supplemented by a new 50 bbl production and packaging facility to bring the popular ales to the masses. This year, Milwaukee Brewing Company announced their plans to expand their distribution across the border into Minnesota, debuting at the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival 2014.
Beginning March 5, Milwaukee Brewing Company (MKE) beers will be available at local liquor stores, bars, and restaurants thanks to their new partnership with Bernicks, a fourth-generation family-owned distributor headquartered in Waite Park, Minnesota. In coming months, MKE Brewing plans to begin distribution to St. Cloud, Duluth, Brainerd, and Bemidji.
“This is a really big and exciting step for our small brewery” said Jim McCabe, Founder/CEO of MKE Brewing Co. “Our MKE regional sales are up 77% the first two months of 2014, while Wisconsinites endure the worst winter of their lives. Clearly winter weather works for us and Minnesota is the next step in progression for our goals to as a regional brewery.”
— Milwaukee Brewing Co (@MKEbrewco) March 3, 2014
Beer drinkers will be able to sample all of MKE Brewing Co’s year round staples: Louie’s Demise Amber Ale, Hop Happy IPA, Booyah Farmhouse Ale, Outboard Cream Ale, O-Gii Imperial Wit, and Hop Freak Double IPA. Seasonal offerings will also be available, starting with Litta Bitta White IPA. Can’t decide what to start with? Pick up an MKE’s Pot Luck Sampler 12 Pack which contains six different year round offerings.
Milwaukee Brewing Company is a WDNR Green Tier Certified brewery and actively makes energy saving efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. The brewery is equipped with 28 solar hot water panels on their roof and other efforts include a bio-diesel boiler fueled by fryer oil from local restaurants, wastewater conservation, and donating spent grain to local urban farm, Growing Power.
Find more information on MKE Brewing and their latest offerings by visiting their website.