Atwater Brewery Expands Distribution To Colorado
(Detroit, MI) – One of Michigan’s fastest growing craft breweries, Detroit based Atwater Brewery, has partnered with Elite Brands to distribute their beer throughout the entire state of Colorado. Atwater’s flagship brands like Vanilla Java Porter, Dirty Blonde and Hop-A-Peel IPA, launched in Colorado in mid-March, and will be available in both packaged and draft options, as well as some limited seasonal draft items.
“We are so excited to bring the spirit of Detroit beer to our friends in the great state of Colorado,” says Atwater Brewing President, Mark Rieth. “We’ve been focused on making great craft lagers and ales with the perfect amount of Detroit swagger for years and are truly excited to share our vision with beer lovers in Colorado.”
Atwater Brewery is one of Michigan’s early craft breweries, opening in 1997. Reith took over the operation in 2005, and placed the brewery on a strong growth track. It is now the biggest brewery in Detroit and the third largest brewery in Michigan with a fast-growing national following.
Rieth says that only a handful of breweries have expanded west of the Mississippi. “Many breweries are somewhat intimidated by crossing that line, but we’re committed to getting our beer to where people want it. That’s what is driving our growth strategy.”
For the past several years Atwater Brewery has grown steadily, with production hitting upwards of 40,000 barrels in 2014 with demand far outpacing supply. Atwater is also working on finalizing a new production facility in Austin, Texas.
“This is an exciting time for our brewery,” says Rieth. “It’s just proof that if you roll up your sleeves and dedicate yourself to making beer you believe in with people you believe in, good things happen.”