Brew Hub Announces Partnerships with Cigar City Brewing, Orange Blossom
Pilsner and BJ's Restaurants
Craft Brewers Will Brew Their Beers at Brew Hub's New, State-of-the-Art
Brewery in Lakeland, Fla.
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 5, 2013
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Brew Hub, a company led by a team of
beer industry executives and craft brewing experts, has announced partnerships
with three award-winning craft brewers: Cigar City Brewing; Orange Blossom
Pilsner; and BJ's Restaurants (Nasdaq: BJRI).
Brew Hub will partner brew beer for all three companies at its new,
state-of-the-art craft brewery in Lakeland, Fla. beginning May 2014. Brew Hub
will brew a variety of beer brands for each company and distribute the beer
throughout Florida and eventually other southeastern states.
Partner brewing is a process that allows craft brewers not only to brew their
beer to exact specifications under the supervision of their own brewmaster,
but also to package and distribute from the Brew Hub brewery and make their
beer available for export to international markets. Partner brewing allows
craft breweries to expand their distribution without the overhead costs of
building a new brewery or transporting beer across the country. Brew Hub also
offers services including sales, marketing, logistics, compliance and
"These guys know what they are doing, and I am excited for the opportunity to
be able to grow Cigar City Brewing without sacrificing quality or compromising
the brewing process," said Joey Redner, Cigar City Brewing founder and CEO.
"When you combine Brew Hub's experience with a new state-of-the-art craft
brewery in our home state of Florida, we knew this partnership could help us
get more Cigar City beer into the hands of people who love it."
"The partnerships we've formed with Cigar City, Orange Blossom Pilsner and
BJ's Restaurants are exactly why we formed our company," said Tim Schoen,
founder and CEO of Brew Hub. "All three brew amazing craft beer, but they
simply can't meet the overwhelming consumer demand. Partnering with Brew Hub
will allow these award-winning craft brewers to brew more beer and increase
their distribution which will allow them to grow much more quickly."
Brew Hub will brew approximately 40,000 barrels of beer for the three partners
combined. The Lakeland brewery will have an annual capacity of 75,000
barrels, or one million cases. The Florida brewery will be the first of five
breweries Brew Hub plans to open across the country. All will allow craft
brewers the opportunity to partner brew their beers on site.
"With these three agreements in place we are sold out for 2014, and we
couldn't be happier," said Schoen. "Our focus will now be on expanding our
brewing capacity at our Lakeland brewery, and announcing the next two
breweries we plan to open."
The Lakeland brewery is located in Interstate Commerce Park off the I-4
Corridor. The brewery will also feature a 3,000-square-foot tasting room
where consumers can enjoy the beers being brewed by any of Brew Hub's
partners. The site's central location will allow the company to efficiently
distribute beer to wholesalers throughout Florida and the Southeast.
Brew Hub brewing operations will be led by Chief Brewmaster, Dr. Paul
Farnsworth, who is overseeing all aspects of design, layout, construction and
day-to-day operation of the new brewing, production and warehouse facility in
Lakeland, Florida. Farnsworth earned a bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from the
University of London and has been instrumental in the startup or operation of
over 100 breweries in 10 countries.
Brew Hub was founded by a team of beer industry executives led by Tim Schoen,
CEO, and Jerry Mullane, president. Brew Hub's financial sponsor is a private
investment firm, The Yucaipa Companies
Brew Hub plans to open four additional breweries over the next five years.
Specific markets will be determined based on demand, but the company is
considering strategic locations in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Texas
and West Coast. This network of Brew Hub facilities will allow craft brewers
from across the country to enter new markets.
About Cigar City Brewing
Cigar City Brewing was founded with two goals in mind: first, to make the
world's best beer; second, to share with people near and far the fascinating
culture and heritage of the Cigar City of Tampa. From its past as the world's
largest cigar producer to its Latin roots and the many other diverse cultures
that call it home, Tampa draws on many sources to develop its unique culture.
We use the highest quality ingredients we can lay our hands on, and that is
not just marketing jargon. If it makes better beer, we use it. We also
strive to use local ingredients when and where we can. Not only do fresh,
local ingredients help us make better beer, it helps us make beer that
reflects the culture and heritage of Tampa. Learn more at
About Orange Blossom Pilsner
Orange Blossom Pilsner was first brewed in 2001 as one of Florida's first
craft beers, and the company has been brewing award-winning beer ever since.
Orange Blossom Pilsner, made with orange blossom honey, is the company's
flagship brand, was awarded a bronze medal at the 2003 Great American Beer
Festival. Today the company brews Orange Blossom Pilsner, Orange Blossom
Squared and Toasted Coconut Porter and will begin releasing more fun, new
beers in 2014.
BJ's Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 144 casual dining
restaurants under the BJ's Restaurant & Brewery, BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse,
BJ's Pizza & Grill brand names BJ's Restaurants offer an innovative and broad
menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with
generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees
and desserts, including the Pizookie dessert. Quality, flavor, value,
moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes to the BJ's
experience. The company operates several microbreweries in addition to using
independent third-party brewers to produce and distribute BJ's critically
acclaimed proprietary craft beers throughout the chain. The company's
restaurants are located in California (63), Texas (29), Florida (15), Arizona
(6), Colorado (5), Nevada (5), Washington (4), Ohio (4), Oklahoma (3), Oregon
(3), Kentucky (2), Indiana (1), Kansas (1), Louisiana (1), New Mexico (1) and
Virginia (1). Visit BJ's Restaurants, Inc. on the web at
About Brew Hub
Brew Hub was founded in 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri by a team of beer industry
executives and craft brewing experts led by Tim Schoen. "Where Craft Brewers
Go to Grow," Brew Hub provides full brewing, packaging, distribution and
selling services for craft brands that are capacity, geographical, or capital
constrained. The company plans to have five breweries located throughout the
country that will cater to craft breweries. Each facility will allow craft
brewers to partner brew their beers on site.
Learn more about Brew Hub at:
For additional information, contact:
Paul Byrne (314) 737-1847
SOURCE Brew Hub
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