I was touring a new Miami craft brewery the other day when the topic of world-class saisons came up.
Jose Mallea, co-founder of Biscayne Bay Brewing Co., said he loved Boulevard Brewing Co.’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale. But he wished the Kansas City brewery would distribute Tank 7 and its other award-winning beers to Florida.
Wish no longer, Jose. Boulevard Brewing has inked a statewide distribution deal with Brown Distributing out of West Palm Beach.
Expect to see Boulevard’s lineup of craft beers, including Unfiltered Wheat, Pop-Up I.P.A., 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat and Single-Wide I.P.A., in bottle shops, bars and restaurants in Miami and throughout Florida by month’s end. Its limited-release and large-format offerings, like Tank 7 and the super-hoppy Double-Wide I.P.A., will follow soon.
The clamor for beers from Boulevard, a respected craft brewery founded in 1989, is hardly limited to Mallea. Julian Siegel, co-owner of craft-brew mecca Riverside Market in Fort Lauderdale, tells me that his customers ask him “all the time” when they can get their hands on cold bottles and pints of Boulevard’s beers.
“As we expand our distribution, it’s been great watching beer drinkers in some of the best beer cities around the country react so positively to our beer,” says Jeremy Danner, Boulevard’s ambassador-brewer.
Miami-area beer fans will have a chance to try several of the brewery’s offerings at next month’s Grovetoberfest in Coconut Grove. Boulevard’s Belgian-born brewmaster, Steven Pauwels, will be in town to attend the Oct. 18 beer fest and greet his new South Florida customers.
The Florida distribution news comes less than a month after Boulevard’s expansion to the Philadelphia and northern New Jersey markets. Florida will be the brewery’s 28th distribution state, in addition to Washington, D.C. An acquisition of Boulevard last year by Duvel Moortgat, a family-owned Belgian brewery, has allowed it to extend its reach.
“We’ve been looking at Florida for quite a while,” says Steve Mills, Boulevard’s vice president of sales. “We’ve found the ideal partner in Brown Distributing, and look forward to sharing our beers with the rising tide of Florida craft beer enthusiasts.”