By Kathy Chouteau
Richmond’s East Brother Beer Company has announced that it has expanded its distribution to Texas. The brewery’s lineup of core classics, coupled with its small batch seasonal releases, are now available in restaurants, bars, bottle shops and groceries throughout Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The expansion to the new distribution area will happen via a partnership with Flood Independent Distribution, a craft beer distributor serving the major metropolitan areas in Texas.
“With our commitment to brewing classic styles, and lagers specifically, it feels very fitting to land in the state where lagers are a long-standing tradition,” East Brother Co-Founder Rob Lightner told the Standard.
East Brother Beer’s expanded distribution to Texas comes on the heels of its fall expansion to Pennsylvania, the birthplace of classic lagers and American brewing, per the brewery. Some of its craft stand-outs include a Red Lager, Oatmeal Stout, Red IPA, Gold IPA and the award-winning Bohemian Pilsner, which took home a silver medal at the 33rd Great American Beer Festival and a gold medal at the 2019 California Craft Brewer’s Cup.
Following its success with its core beers in 2018, East Brother followed the road less traveled by launching a seasonal Lager Series to not only complement its portfolio but also to flex its creativity by collaborating with local maltsters and hops growers to reprise age-old recipes like its Pre-Prohibition Lager. The brewery also crafts a seasonal Freighter Series featuring big and bold ales, among them a Russian Imperial Stout.
According to East Brother, the overall demand for classic craft lager is growing; however, in Texas, craft lager isn’t just a burgeoning trend, it’s a tradition reaching back to the introduction of lagers by German and Czech immigrants who began settling in the state in the 19th century, accompanied by their beloved beer.