Bigfoot Beverages Adds Ninkasi Brewing to Impressive Craft Beer Portfolio
4/22/2015 12:00 AM
EUGENE, Ore.—Jan. 13, 2015—Ninkasi Brewing Company proudly announces partnerships with Oregon and Washington wholesalers, Bigfoot Beverage Distributors and The Odom Corporation. Starting January 26, Bigfoot Beverage Distributors will distribute Ninkasi throughout Downstate Oregon, followed by distribution in Western Washington by The Odom Corporation beginning February 9. Formerly territories covered by wholesalers owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI), this move marks Ninkasi’s commitment to partnering with like-minded, craft-focused distributors in the region.
“We believe these new partnerships in Oregon and Washington will be the best thing for our company, our retail partners and our Ninkasi fans in the region,” explains Nikos Ridge, CEO and co-founder of Ninkasi. “We are committed to being an independent and locally-owned craft brewery, and feel we will be better aligned long term with independent and locally-owned wholesalers.”
“Our Bigfoot team is excited to partner with Ninkasi; a premier local craft brewery poised for continued growth who also shares many of our same corporate values and beliefs,” adds Eric Forrest, co-president of Bigfoot Beverages. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to pair local craft with local distribution while creating more jobs in our communities.”
“This renewed partnership, in one of America’s most dynamic beer markets, further demonstrates the commitment that both parties have towards selling and marketing better beers,” cites Adam Hilpert, The Odom Corporation CRO.
Established in 2006, Ninkasi is the 30th largest craft brewery in the United States and continues to be an independent company based in Eugene, Ore. The brewery also operates its year-round Beer is Love donations program, offering assistance to non-profits throughout all the states where Ninkasi beers are sold.