When you go to the East Coast, you'll still be able to drink Minnesota-made beer.
Fulton Beer is growing, and has plans to distribute in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Florida and New York this year, Fulton wrote on its blog.
The Minneapolis-based brewery recently signed a deal with a new distributor – Artisanal Imports – which will help them expand to these new states, and additional markets next year, Fulton says. Currently, people can buy Fulton in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas, BrewBound reports.
Much like in Minnesota, people on the East Coast are into hyper-local beers, which could make selling a not-so-local craft beer there a little difficult. But Fulton says Artisanal Imports has experience doing so, noting it has been selling craft beer since "before craft beer was cool."
"The craft beer market is so competitive and so crowded that it’s more difficult for any brewery to stand out the farther you get from home," Fulton Beer co-founder Ryan Petz told BrewBound. "As we undertake this, we didn’t want to go out there blind and without a good sales strategy of how to execute in those markets and continue to support them after launch."
Fulton, which was founded in 2009, has grown to be one of the five largest breweries in Minnesota.
Last year, the brewery got so big that it had to stop selling growlers, with BrewBound noting it produced about 26,000 barrels in 2016.
This year, Fulton says it plans to produce more than 30,000 barrels, which will mostly be sold in the Twin Cities metro area. Fulton is adding a new canning line and additional fermentation tanks, which will give it the capacity to brew 45,000 barrels annually.
To put that into perspective, Schell’s – Minnesota’s largest brewery – sold 136,200 barrels in 2015, according to the Brewers Association. Summit sold 128,770 barrels, while Surly had 62,432 barrels in sales that year, the association notes.