Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Free State Brewing Launches Nebraska Distribution

Press release from Free State Brewing…


LAWRENCE, Kansas. – One of the pioneers of Midwest craft brewing will be branching out into the Omaha and Lincoln scene later this month. Free State Brewing Company, the original Kansas craft brewery just celebrated their 25th anniversary in February, and has joined with Quality Brands to distribute their array of flagship, seasonal and specialty beers in Nebraska.

Free State’s founder, Chuck Magerl noted craft beer has become a focus in the region’s marketplace. “Consumers are making the leap from craft to local craft. Beer drinkers have been gravitating to local brands. We feel like 25 years as a local brewery is a good start, but just a start,” added Magerl. Since bottled Free State beer was introduced several years ago, it has been sold throughout the state of Kansas, and in major markets in Missouri.

The Nebraska rollout will see a series of samplings and special tappings hosted by Magerl, Free State brewers Steve Bradt and Geoff Deman, and beer ambassador Seth Sanchez. Featured events for the first week include:

Tuesday 25th – Beertopia Sampling 4-6
Tuesday 25th – Crescent Moon Pint Night 4 – Close
Wednesday 26th – Krug Park 5 – 9
Wednesday 26th – Sampling Hy-Vee Stony Brook

Friday 27th – Happy Hour tasting & tapping at Jake’s Cigars & Spirits 4-6
Friday 27th – Meet and Greet Tapping at The Library Pub 6:30-8:30
Friday 27th – Sampling Hy-Vee 178th Pacific

Saturday 28th – Bock Fest
Saturday 28th – Sampling Brix
Saturday 28th – Sampling Whole Foods

Brewer Steve Bradt commented “We’ve had a good time at the Nebraska and Omaha Beer Festivals in the past years, and our beers have received great response. With our rollout, we’ll be featuring most of our bottled flagships, as well as our seasonal Brinkley’s Maibock, and we’ll also be treating folks to a series of specialties including our Old Backus Barleywine and Owd Macs Imperial Stout which have garnered 100 on
Rate Beer.”

“After a long, chilly winter, we’re glad to have the south winds bringing some springtime spirit.” Magerl quipped. “And we’re glad to have the opportunity to bring some of our beers to Nebraska. Because, without beer, things do not seem to go as well*”

*From the Diary of Brother Epp, Capuchin Monastery, Munjor Kansas, 1902

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