New Holland has announced a distribution partnership with Pabst, which will further its footprint. To celebrate, the two will be brewing a collaboration beer, to be released later this month. For all the details, see the release below:
HOLLAND, Mich. – On Wednesday, March 29, employees and community officials gathered with Brett VanderKamp, president and co-founder of New Holland Brewing Company (New Holland) and Simon Thorpe, CEO of Pabst Brewing Company (PBC) to celebrate the official launch of a partnership allowing for the wider distribution and sales of New Holland’s craft beer portfolio through PBC’s national distribution and sales platform. The two companies will now begin executing the partnership, which has been in the integration stage since December. As of April 1, all beers produced for U.S. sale by New Holland Brewing Company will flow through the Pabst distribution and ordering systems.
The partnership, which was originally announced on December 15, 2016, increases market share for New Holland’s award winning Dragon’s Milk year-round bourbon barrel stout. Dragon’s Milk is America’s best-selling Imperial Aged Stout and continues to win over fans nationwide.
“In December, we began the process of joining forces with Pabst Brewing Company, allowing us to distribute our beer brands to more people in more places throughout the country,” VanderKamp said. “The partnership allows us to focus on brewing incredible beers and building our brand while leveraging the power and reach of the Pabst sales and distribution platform.”
During the celebration, the companies announced a “collaboration brew” which will be available exclusively in the New Holland brewpubs in the upcoming weeks.
“This collaboration brew represents the great fit between our two companies and the strong shared culture embodied by the partnership,” VanderKamp said. “We’ve used Wisconsin malts and Michigan hops to pay homage to the birthplaces of these two brands and to symbolize the beauty and remarkable experiences that are created when we work together.”
The partnership with New Holland allows PBC to increase its product portfolio and strengthens the company’s participation in the craft beer market.
“We are thrilled to be pioneering a new approach to partnerships - we aren’t taking any ownership and New Holland is remaining fully independent. It’s as pure a partnership as you’ll see,” said Thorpe. “Our approach to building relationships is flexible and individualized based on the partner’s needs. We are highly selective in our search for those special gems that are a perfect fit for our portfolio and where we can add meaningful benefit with our sales, production & distribution platform. We have truly found a great fit with New Holland and are excited to take advantage of the opportunities before us, and to see where this partnership can take us.”
New Holland, now in its 20th year, remains independent and continues to manage all other business functions for its beers including production, marketing and finance. The company has experienced consistent growth throughout its 20-year history. VanderKamp is projecting strong growth into the second quarter of 2017 and beyond.
During the first quarter of 2017, New Holland’s beer sales are up by 27 percent over the same period last year. New Holland’s flagship brand, Dragon’s Milk, has seen a 30 percent increase across both on- and off-premise sales. Two new entries into New Holland’s core lineup, Hoptronix Double IPA, and Lost Dune Golden Ale, have also had significant growth.
“We are experiencing a strong start to the New Year," said VanderKamp. “Through the partnership with PBC and our brand lineup, we will be able to build on our goal of continued growth in 2017.”
During the current year, New Holland Brewing will focus on its core beer lineup, which includes Dragon’s Milk, Mad Hatter Midwest IPA, The Poet Oatmeal Stout and Hoptronix Double IPA, while bringing new items to market and continuing to build on the Dragon’s Milk Reserve program.
All beers will continue to be brewed in Holland, Michigan, and New Holland’s spirits, restaurant and retail operations will continue to operate as usual. The companies’ agreement does not include the sale of any New Holland assets to PBC.
About New Holland Brewing Company:
New Holland Brewing Company’s deep roots in the craft industry go back to 1997. Our role as an integral member of the artisan approach is something we take seriously, yet engage in lightheartedly. We believe the art of craft lives in fostering rich experiences for our customers, through creating authentic beer, spirits and food while providing great service. Recognized for our creativity and artistry, our mission to improve the lives of craft consumers everywhere is seen in our diverse, balanced collection of beer and spirits. For more information, please visit: www.newhollandbrew.com
About Pabst Brewing Company:
Since 1844, Pabst Brewing Company has been American-owned and operated, and is North America's largest privately held brewing company. Pabst's portfolio includes iconic brands with deep ties to America's heritage, such as its flagship Pabst Blue Ribbon and others such as Ballantine IPA, Lone Star, Rainier, Schlitz, Old Style, National Bohemian, Stag, Stroh's, and Old Milwaukee. For more information about Pabst, please visit: www.pabstbrewingco.com.