PORTLAND, Ore – Cascade Brewing has announced a partnership with James Clay to distribute its bottled Northwest sour ales throughout the United Kingdom. The agreement brings Cascade ales to the UK for the first time; the first batch of Strawberry, Blackcap Raspberry, Sang Noir and Cranberry starting hitting retailers at the end of January.
Cascade Brewing is known for its award-winning Northwest sour ales that feature a clean profile produced by a house culture of lactobacillus bacteria. The beers frequently rely on the use of fresh ingredients grown exclusively in the Pacific Northwest, including as cherries, apricots, berries and grapes. Its blending house currently holds more than 1,400 French oak, Kentucky Bourbon and Northwest wine barrels — plus nine foudres (a Flemish word meaning huge oak barrel).
James Clay is an independent importer and distributor of specialist beers and beverages from Europe, the United States and worldwide, along with quality UK craft beer brands. Cascade joins the distributor’s already strong lineup of American craft beers including Anchor, Brooklyn, Flying Dog, Left Hand and Victory.
“We have been closely following developments in the American sour brewing scene for some time and are delighted to be able to share some of the leading examples being produced by Cascade Brewing with British beer drinkers,” explained James Clay, founder of the distribution company.
Added Clay, “We are excited to see the reaction of Cascade Brewing’s innovative sour beers in the UK and are positive that they will colorfully contribute the increasingly bright British beer picture.”
Cascade Brewing has also announced they are in talks with distributors in Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington DC and Wisconsin; the brewery will share specific details when the deals are finalized.
For more information about Cascade Brewing, visit www.CascadeBrewing.com. For more information about James Clay, visit http://www.jamesclay.co.uk.