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Brewery distributes into Michigan

June 17, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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AleSmith Brewing Co. beer bottle on beach lifeguard tower
San Diego-based AleSmith Brewing Co., founded in 1995, specializes in "handcrafted ales inspired by the European classics." Photo via

A medal-winning San Diego brewery is shipping its beers to Michigan.

AleSmith Brewing Co. said yesterday that it will enter the Michigan market after establishing distributing partnerships with Kalamazoo’s Imperial Beverage and Orion Charter Township’s Powers Distributing.

Beers that will now come to Michigan include AleSmith's Speedway Stout and AleSmith IPA, along with other core six-pack offerings and year-round and specialty beers.

The beers should begin showing up in retailers this month.

The brewery recently built a new production facility in Southern California to help expand into territories AleSmith has yet to enter.

“There are exciting things happening on the craft beer front all throughout Michigan,” said James Valles, director of national sales, AleSmith Brewing Co. “We’ve known for a long time that it’s someplace our beers need to be, and we are delighted to be able to make them a part of the equation for beer enthusiasts throughout the state.

“We’re ecstatic over the new bonds we’ve formed with Imperial Beverage and Powers Distributing to cover the majority of this expansive state and are certain they will uphold our principles of quality, freshness and customer service.”


Founded in 1995, AleSmith Brewing Co. has won numerous international accolades, including Small Brewing Company of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival.

Recently, the company moved into a 105,000-square-foot facility with an 80-barrel brewing system. The new facility also features a 25,000-square-foot tasting room and outdoor garden, as well as a museum dedicated to the late San Diego Padres hall of fame outfielder, Tony Gwynn.

The company has 16 Great American Beer Festival medals and five World Beer Cup gold medals, including medals for its Belgian Strong Ale, Wee Heavy and Decadence.

The brewery distributes to 23 U.S. states and five countries.

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