Saturday, July 19, 2008

New Belgium and Elysian Brewing to Cooperate

New Belgium BrewingElysian Brewing CompanyIn a recent wave of cooperative mergers and efforts, two western US brewers are getting together to brew each others beers at the others brewing facility. New Belgium Brewing and Elysian Brewing Company agreed yesterday, July 18th, to allow brewing access to each's facilities. That mean's New Belgium will be able to brew Fat Tire in Washington and Elysian can brew The Immortal IPA in Fort Collins.

As the costs of brewing and distributing stay high, many more craft brewers may find themselves wanting to cooperate with brewers in other regions to make their brews remotely. This will save shipping time and make new brews available to regions who may not have had the opportunity.

Thanks to Charlie Papazian for finding this news and reporting on it. It will be interesting to see if this experimental cooperation catches on with more craft brewers. To view the original press release, read the original article here.