Tampa, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing is in talks to begin distribution in South Carolina by the middle of the year, multiple sources have confirmed.
While in the early stages of negotiations, the Florida brewery – best known for its creativity and constant flow of new and inventive beers – has been in talks with distributors throughout SC as well as retailers to begin hashing out a plan for expansion into the Palmetto State. Multiple distributors are reportedly heavily courting the brewery in the state’s major markets.
The brewery hopes to be available in South Carolina by this summer, although no official launch date has been set. Whenever they do arrive, expect supplies to be limited at first as they are in Georgia and Alabama, other states in the Southeast CCB distributes to.
CCB has been eyeing distribution in the Southeast and up the East Coast, but they’ve been hesitant to expand far outside of the Sunshine State. This is partially due to ensuring a quality product and partially due to keeping up with demand in the Florida market. The brewery’s output grew about 75% in 2013 to 30,000 barrels produced. That number is expected to increase to 50,000 barrels this year, buoyed by an army of 120 BBL fermenters the brewery purchased last year.