In 2008, Kirk Coco and Peter Caddoo (former Brewmaster at Dixie Brewing Company) began their initial dream of bringing production and manufacturing back to New Orleans, founding NOLA Brewing Company. Since Dixie’s departure from the city in 2005, NOLA Brewing is the only operating production brewery in the city of New Orleans and Orleans Parish. Since their opening, NOLA has made a name for itself brewing high quality, highly rated ales and lagers in the heart of Louisiana and will be offering a full line-up to the Sunshine State. They will initially launch with Rebirth Pale Ale, Hopitoulas IPA, MECHA Imperial IPA and Irish Channel Stout. 7th Street Wheat is slated to roll into Florida by Summer 2015.
NOLA’s beers have been available in the Panhandle for over three years and they have received an enormous push from fans to offer their beers throughout the rest of the state. Kirk Coco, CEO for NOLA explains “Florida is becoming a very craft centric state with great local breweries like Cigar City, 7venth Sun, Funky Buddha, Pensacola Bay and many other up and coming breweries. We wanted to have our beers in the mix, and get the great opportunity to participate in the craft beer community as well as have a great excuse to go to Florida more often!”
To help maintain a consistent supply of beer in the pipeline, NOLA is just completing a production expansion that will help to support their new markets. “We are more focused on maintaining our quality and developing a solid, slow growth plan while keeping our beers unpasteurized, to deliver the freshest and most aromatic beers to our consumers.”
When searching for a new distributor in Florida, NOLA explored different options and landed with Brown Distributing for handful of reasons. Kirk explains, “We were fortunate enough to meet with all of the distributors, but when it came down to making the decision, we felt the folks at Brown Distributing just understood our brand, our growth plans and were the most capable team to support our beers.” Brown Distributing Company, headquartered out of West Palm Beach Florida, will be representing NOLA’s beers outside of the Panhandle, throughout Florida (from Tallahassee to Key West).
“We are really excited to bring a piece of New Orleans down to Florida. We always look to partner with world class breweries and we are confident that with NOLA’s unique line-up of beers and amazing reputation in the Southeast that they will fit beautifully into our family.” said Ian Salzberg, Senior Marketing Manager at Brown Distributing.
NOLA Brewing will available and hitting the shelves and taps around Florida by November 2014.
For more information on NOLA Brewing and their products visit their website at www.nolabrewing.com.
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About Brown Distributing Company: The family-owned Brown Distributing Company has grown from a producer of a single cherry soda to a highly regarded beverage distribution business. It prides itself on having an eye toward the future by being the distributor of choice in Virginia and Florida. Since 1919, Brown Distributing Company has grown into a beverage distribution business with combined sales of over 11 million cases annually, representing a diverse portfolio of products, and serving in excess of 6,000 retailers with over 500 employees. More information on Brown Distributing can be found at www.brown.com.