Lakewood Brewing Goes Big Box With Andrews Distributing

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Lakewood Brewing Co. has decided to turn over the distribution portion of its business in order to shift its focus solely on the craft of brewing beer. Andrews Distributing announced the new partnership in a news release this morning.

If you've not heard of Andrews, you've almost certainly swilled a few of the brands the company carries. Massive breweries including Shiner Bock, Blue Moon and Samuel Adams are handled by Andrews. Here in the DFW area, Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. holds an account with them as well.

What's this mean for fans of Lakewood Lager, Till and Toil and other Lakewood Brewing beers? Mostly that their favorite brews will be available at even more stores around the DFW area. Lakewood will continue to brew and bottle beer at its Garland facility, so the beer should remain unchanged.

For the folks at Lakewood, however, the new partnership could usher in big changes, particularly in the amount of beer they sell. Rahr & Sons has sold a little more than 50 percent more beer each year since it partnered with Andrews in 2009. If that same amount of growth occurs at Lakewood, the current facility it uses to brew beer is going to get cramped pretty quickly.

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2302 Executive Drive, Garland, TX

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I hear that they will be expanding and opening a tap room next year, dunno if it's true, but that would be logical, considering this move!  


Photo is of Lakewood Growler off Mockingbird, pinhead. Growlers shown are their own branded products for sale and fill. Wholly unrelated operation to Lakewood Brewing Co.


When does "craft" beer become not craft beer ?

When they go big box distribution ?


@CitizenKane  Craft Beer is a term that is thrown around loosely. 

Lakewood is still micro craft brewery and independently owned. They are just using a distributing company (Andrews) to sell their beer rather than them doing it. Where as Spoetzl Brewery (the brewers of Shiner Bock) are still micro and craft but are owned by a corporate division - Gambrinus Company. The area of beer that gets confusing is when a big beer company like Anheuser Busch brew a beer with "craft beer" like qualities, but is not micro or independently owned (Shock -Top) is considered craft beer. 

So for me or someone to successfully answer your question, you need to define what you think craft beer is.

Big Box distribution is just using a company to distribute beer. Lakewood Brewing Company is still micro and independently owned they are just using a corporate company to distribute their great beer.



@CitizenKane  Per the Brewer's Association Definition of Craft Breweries:

Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). 

Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by a beverage alcohol industry member that is not itself a craft brewer.

Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.

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@CitizenKane  I don't think yet, but if they double that facility a second time, you have to wonder. I don't care how big they get as long as the beer is still good, and their core brews are still fantastic. 

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