VANKLEEK HILL – Beginning in March, Beau’s All Natural Brewing will once again be stretching its local distribution borders, this time to include the New York State craft beer market. The market expansion is part of a recently inked distribution agreement with Albany-based Remarkable Liquids, a boutique distribution company with a strong dedication to working with craft brewers.
First to pour south of the border will be Lug Tread Lagered Ale, Beau’s award-winning flagship beer, along with recent LCBO release The Tom Green Beer, a sessionable milk stout designed in partnership with the Canadian actor and comedian of the same name. Both beers are certified organic, and will be available in the US in Beau’s signature 600 ml (20 oz) bottles, as well as on draft in a variety of keg sizes.
“We’re super-excited to finally get to meet the neighbours,” says Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne. “We’ve had our hearts set on keeping the beer we brew within a day’s drive of the brewery, because it’s important to us to have real relationships with the people who serve it, sell it, and drink it. Selling into New York State gets our beer out to more people to enjoy, but still lets us be a local brewery. By the same logic, we are taking steps to have our beers available in Quebec within the year as well.”
Beauchesne points out that, border crossings aside, selling into New York State was the easiest next step for Beau’s in growing as a regional brewery. “We are planning to keep our beer within a one day’s drive of the brewery, but I’m guessing we may have to make two localized exceptions,” he says. “Tom Green is getting pretty thirsty for his beer out in LA, and Dad [co-founder Tim Beauchesne] now spends his winters in Florida… those guys have a bit of pull around here,” he laughs.
“We are both excited and honoured to be the company that gets to introduce Beau’s to the New York market,” says Spencer Roakes, founding member of Remarkable Liquids. “They epitomize what we are searching for in a supplier partner: great people making great beer in a very sincere and conscientious way. The craft beer drinkers of NY are going to be absolutely thrilled by the quality of the Beau’s portfolio.”