Bridgeport Announces Major Market Expansion
Feb 22, 2005 - BridgePort Brewing Company announced today a significant market expansion, adding nine new states. By mid-April, BridgePort India Pale Ale, BridgePort ESB, and BridgePort Black Strap Stout will be available in Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. These states will join BridgePort's current distribution markets of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington, bringing the total to 18 states.
Based in Portland, Oregon, BridgePort Brewing Co. was founded in 1984 and is Oregon's oldest craft brewery.
"We are very excited to introduce the quality and heritage of the BridgePort brand to new audiences across the country," said Paula Johnston, marketing manger for BridgePort. "The craft beer market continues to experience growth nationwide; this, coupled with the proven record and reputation of BridgePort's ales, bodes well for an introduction into these new regions."
The company is owned by The Gambrinus Company, a privately held corporation located in San Antonio, Texas. Gambrinus is best known as importer of the Grupo Modelo brand portfolio for the Eastern United States. Modelo brands include Corona Extra-the number one selling import in the U.S., Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo and Pacifico Clara. Gambrinus also imports Moosehead Lager from Canada, owns the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, and owns and brews the Pete's Wicked brand family.