In a surprise announcement this morning, San Diego-based Green Flashing Brewing Co. said it had acquired Alpine Beer Co., a much-hyped California brewery available only in the Golden State, with the two breweries striking a mutual production agreement. It’s is one that could bring much wider distribution for Alpine, including to South Carolina.
As part of the agreement, Alpine (as well as Green Flash) will remain an independent company with complete oversight of its product, but some Alpine beers will be brewed at Green Flash facilities. As The Full Pint points out, “The most notable change will transpire over the next several years, as Alpine beer will become available to their legions of fans from across the country who have only experienced the greatness of Alpine beers while visiting California.” While there has been no announcement yet of expanded distribution, Green Flash’s nearly 40-state footprint and new 58,000-square-foot, 100,000 BBL satellite brewery in Virginia Beach, VA, could eventually lead to Alpine’s expansion to the East Coast.
Green Flash has already been brewing Nelson, Hoppy Birthday and Duet for Alpine, doubling the small California brewery’s output to 3,000 BBLs a year. Green Flash will bottle select Alpine beers in addition to those three beginning in 2015. As an added bonus for Alpine’s 20 employees, they’ll all receive benefit packages, health care coverage, 401k plans and more as part of the acquisition.