Maui Brewing Co. and Stone Brewing Co. announced a joint venture to create a new craft beer distribution company on the island of Maui that will bring mainland craft beer to the island.
Maui – Stone Craft Beverages will begin shipping a portfolio of bottles and kegs to Maui from San Diego by way of refrigerated containers beginning in April. Once the beer arrives in Maui, it will be transported to a 16,000-square-foot distribution center with a cold storage area.
Initial brands will include Maui Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co., AleSmith Brewing Company, Avery Brewing Company, Bear Republic Brewing Co., The Bruery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Port Brewing Company and Saint Archer Brewing Co.
Maui Brewing Founder Garrett Marrero and Stone Co-founders Greg Koch and Steve Wagner have been long time friends and business acquaintances, working together to attain mutual success in the craft beer industry.
Since 2008, Maui Brewing Co. has employed Stone’s own distribution company, Stone Distributing Co., to make its craft ales and lagers available to retailers throughout Southern California. Additionally, in 2009, Maui Brewing contributed to the collaborative brewing of Ken Schmidt/Maui/Stone Kona Coffee, Macadamia, Coconut Porter, and helped Stone secure special ingredients for the beer through its distributors.
As a result of this new distribution partnership, Maui residents may expect a dramatic increase in craft beer selections from notable brewers.