PHOENIX, ARIZONA, October 3, 2016– Hensley Beverage Company, widely recognized as Arizona’s leading beverage distributor, announced today the state wide distribution agreement with Breakside Brewery, an award winning and globally recognized Portland, Oregon craft brewery. Hensley will have Breakside Brewery brands available for sale to licensed Arizona retail locations beginning the week of October 10, 2016.
Hensley and Breakside will be hosting a series of state wide launch parties to kick off Breakside Brewing’s launch in Arizona beginning on October 12, 2016.
Breakside Brewery opened in 2010 in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Northeast Portland as a restaurant and pub brewery. The brewery gained attention early on for its innovative, experimental and diverse beers, while also winning a first medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011. In 2013, Breakside expanded operations to Milwaukie, OR with a 30 bbl production brewery filled with 30, 60 and 120 barrel tanks, barrel rooms for wild and non-wild/sour fermentations, and a 24-tap tasting room.
In 2014 Breakside was awarded with the highly coveted Gold Medal for American-Style IPA at the Great American Beer Festival for their flagship IPA, which was also named to Men’s Journal’s 100 Best Beers In The World and the best beer in Oregon by The Oregonian. Breakside is also known for their portfolio of barrel-aged and sour beers like Bourbon Barrel-Aged Aztec, a strong amber ale with chocolate and chilies, that won Bronze at both Chicago’s Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers and Best of Craft Beer Awards, and Passionfruit Sour a fruited berliner-weisse style beer that earned a Bronze at the 2013 Great American Beer festival.
“Breakside Brewery represents the very best in innovative brewing,” said Scott Kirkpatrick, Director of Brand Management at Hensley Beverage Company. “Breakside produces some amazing award winning beers across multiple styles. As recently as this past spring, Breakside took home three medals at the World Beer Cup- almost unheard of for a single brewery. We are tremendously excited to be partners with Breakside in Arizona, and we feel that this addition to our portfolio allows us to offer some of the very best beers in the United States to our retailers.”
Breakside Brewery year round and select seasonal and specialty beers will be available from Hensley Beverage Company throughout Arizona beginning October 10, 2016, followed by a series of state wide events beginning on October 12, 2016.
Breakside Year Round Selections
BREAKSIDE IPA | 74 IBUs | 6.3% ABV
Classic craft beer of the Pacific Northwest. Notes of evergreen, citrus and tropical fruit.
WANDERLUST IPA | 63 IBUs | 6.2% ABV
Golden IPA made with five different hops. intense grapefruit and dank notes with a crisp finish. bronze medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival!
LUNCH BREAK USA | 30 IBUs | 5.2% ABV
Our hop forward session beer, built for enjoying any time of day. you’ll find this brew to be full of juicy, classic hop flavor with just enough malt backbone to keep things in balance. we reserve some of our favorite hops–Simcoe, Cascade and Centennial–to use in this beer, which gives the aroma a heady mix of orange marmalade, grapefruit, and resin.
PILSNER | 35 IBUs | 5.2% ABV
We always wanted to make a year-round German-style Pilsner. Both because it tastes great and it’s a favorite of ours. We import bagged German Pilsner malt and manually add 3,300 pounds to each batch because we believe that’s what it takes to make a great German pilsner. We source all Hallertau Hersbrucker hops, which we prize for their mix of floral and “Noble” notes. Then we wait. This beer is unfiltered, so we rely on natural lagering techniques (i.e. long times and cold temperatures) to get this beer as bright as sunshine.
For more information on Breakside Brewery, please visit their website here.