Dogfish Head, which stopped distribution of its beers to Tennessee and three other states in 2011 due to production limitations, is coming back.
Expanded capacity is allowing Dogfish Head to make a return to shelves and taps in Tennessee, Indiana, Wisconsin and Rhode Island before the end of the year, the Delaware-based microbrewery announced today.
Here’s the full press release, as well as a video from founder Sam Calagione:
Thanks for hanging in there, Tennessee, Indiana, Wisconsin and Rhode Island
In 2011, we made the difficult decision to scale back Dogfish Head’s distribution. With a heavy heart, we stopped sending beer to Tennessee, Indiana, Wisconsin and Rhode Island.
It wasn’t our goal to upset Dogfish Head fans and distributors, but with demand so far in front of supply, we just couldn’t brew enough beer. We were left with a choice: leave shelves empty and frustrate beer enthusiasts everywhere, or stay true to our off-centered roots, pull back, and focus on strong, smart growth.
We chose the latter, and although it caused some short-term disappointment, we’re glad we did. Dogfish Head is still family owned, we still brew 100 percent of our off-centered ales ourselves here in coastal Delaware, and we’re continuing to change the way people think about beer.
We have maintained double-digit growth in the past few years while investing in our brewery to increase capacity beyond the 200,000-bbl pace we are now at. This expansion will be completed in a few months, and we’ll finally have the capacity to reopen the markets we had to pull out of. We’re happy to announce that we’ll be hunting for distribution partners and regional sales managers in those four states and plan to be on shelves and taps there before the end of the year.
Thank you for hanging in there and having us back. See you soon!