Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Ore., has expanded distribution in South Dakota to the western portion of the state, encompassing areas such as Rapid City and Chamberlain. The brewery will be working with local distributors, Eagle Sales in Chamberlain and Eagle Sales of the Black Hills, to bring its beers to the region. Initially, fans will find brands such as Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Inversion IPA and Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale, recently voted the World’s Best Beer at the 2012 World Beer Awards.
Tom Hellard, president of Eagle Sales of the Black Hills, said, “We are looking forward to a successful partnership with Deschutes as we bring its beers to even more people in South Dakota. Our respective companies have a similar philosophy of bringing high quality, consistent products to customers, so working together is a natural fit.”
Eagle Sales of Black Hills, which is headquartered in Rapid City, has a portfolio made up of craft and imported beers. The company’s mission is to be the “go to” for the beer lovers of western South Dakota. The company’s entire staff is First Level Cicerone Certified to assist customers in the areas of beer storage, styles, tastings, brewing processes and pairing with food. Sister company, Eagle Sales in Chamberlain, was started in 1903 and incorporated in 1906 with a long history of doing business in central South Dakota. The company now distributes more than 30 different brands to 13 counties in south central South Dakota.
The first beers will be available in six-pack bottles and on draft. Deschutes Brewery, which recently added five new 1,300-barrel fermentation tanks to increase capacity at its Oregon brewing headquarters, also is expanding to Illinois this month.