As Kendall’s Pioneer Distributing and Browar Polska continues to grow its craft brewery portfolio, its latest brewery to join this Washington Beer distributor is 54°40′ Brewing Company. Based in Washougal, Washington, the popular microbrewery named after 19th century territorial boundaries, is expanding the distribution territory across the state of Washington.
54°40′ Brewing will distribute four beers plus seasonal favorites to craft beer lovers through craft beer retail and taps across Washington state with the support of Kendall’s Pioneer and Browar Polska, two distributors specializing in craft beverages, that are part of the Corwin Beverage Company.
Beers appearing soon across Washington State include Kascadia, a Kölsch-style ale that earned a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival, along with Red Zeppelin amber ale, Half Cocked IPA and 1862 Mexican Lager. The beers are 4.8-6.5% ABV and available in draft and 12-oz. six-packs.
“I’m southwest Washington born and raised and have always wanted my community to be known as a good beer community,” said Bolt Minister, founder and head brewer. “We’re now responding to the interest of people up and down the I-5 corridor.”
Minister started 54°40′ Brewing in 2015 with a production facility and brewery and taproom just south of SR14 highway in Washougal and opened 54°40′ Beer Lodge in Stevenson. The company brewed 2,700 barrels in 2021 with distribution in northwest Oregon and through its own locations. Sales growth is expected with additional distribution.
“We were drawn to the sales team for Kendall’s and Browar, who really know how to serve the craft beer community in Washington,” said Minister.
“We are very proud of how the southwest Washington beer scene is developing, and 54-40 has been requested from Bellingham to Spokane,” said Sam Madrid, COO of Corwin Beverage Co., parent of distributors Kendall’s Pioneer and Browar Polska.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.