It’s been a weird year for craft breweries in America. The total number of breweries continues to rise, but we’re also seeing a wave of small breweries closing its doors. The industry is still growing, but not as fast as it has in the past. Still, a lot of breweries are simply killing it, spreading their footprint into new markets at a rapid clip. Here’s a quick look at some of the breweries that are expanding into new states this spring.
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Michigan-based Founders Brewing continues its march towards becoming a nationally distributed beer brand. It will enter its 45th state, Mississippi, in early April. They already added Montana earlier this year and the state of Delaware is next.
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North Carolinians take note: Cigar City is coming. The Florida-based brewery will start distributing its five core brands in your state right about now. North Carolina is only the eighth state to carry Cigar City, which is best known for its Jai Alai IPA.
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Boulevard Brewing, based in Kansas City, is continuing its dominance of the Midwest by adding Wisconsin to its distribution footprint. You can find Boulevard in 38 states now.
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Speaking of the Midwest, Rhinegeist, out of Cincinnati, will start distributing in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania. Rhinegeist had a growth spurt in 2016, increasing distribution by more than 80 percent.
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Bell's Brewing is now available in Texas. Not only will Texans get to drink the brewery's core and seasonal beers, Bell's brewed a special IPA just for the Lone Star state. You can now get Bell's in 31 states. Also, it's Oberon season.
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At the beginning of March, Dogfish Head started shipping its full lineup of beers to Alabama and Minnesota. The brewery is hoping to expand to two more states this year. You can currently get 60 Minute IPA (and other Dogfish beers) in 33 states.
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Reuben's Brews has its home town of Seattle, Washington pretty well covered and soon it will conquer more Pacific Northwest territory. In May, the brewery will start distributing in Portland and Vancouver, Washington.
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San Diego-based Modern Times is in the midst of a massive expansion, growing production as well adding new tasting rooms in California. They've also begun distributing in Oregon and will soon enter the state of Washington.