Silver Eagle Distributors Houston LLC distributed more than 1 million cases of beer from Anheuser-Busch InBev-owned Karbach Brewing Co. in the Houston market in 2019, the wholesaler announced in a press release.
Houston-based Karbach, which was founded in 2011, self-distributed its beer prior to signing a distribution deal with Silver Eagle in August 2012. The craft brewery was sold to Anheuser-Busch InBev in November 2016 and then received regulatory approval of the acquisition in December 2016.
“Our partnership with Silver Eagle Houston started merely seven years ago, and now, we are welcoming 2020 with over one million cases distributed across Houston,” Karbach co-founder Blake Robertson said in the release. “We can’t thank the Silver Eagle Houston team enough for their support each and every day in the market. With our continued partnership and sales execution, we are eager to see what’s on tap for the next decade.”
In 2018, Karbach produced 125,000 barrels of beer, up 23% from 2017 levels, according to the Brewers Association. The brand has grown rapidly since its founding, posting double-digit growth since 2014, and triple-digit growth in 2013.
Breckenridge Brewery Continues its Growth
Another of AB InBev’s craft brands, Breckenridge Brewery, is expected to have more than doubled its barrelage of the the brewery’s popular Christmas Ale. And in fact, the popular American Winter Warmer will account for nearly a quarter of the Colorado-based brewery’s fourth quarter sales to retailers.
The brand has grown 142% over the last three years, posting yearly growth rates of 32%, 28% and 54%, respectively. The brand is bucking negative craft seasonal off-premise trends, which were down 7.7% between the weeks of October 6th and December 1st, in multi-outlet and convenience store retailers tracked by IRI.
Breckenridge’s off-premise sales are also up more than 88% through December 1st, according to IRI.