In mid-2019, Barlows Public House opened on the Vancouver Waterfront and its brewery opened nearly a year ago miles east in Vancouver along 705 E. Mill Plain Boulevard. To get its beers in more hands and to weather the storm during the pandemic, Barlows is partnering with Corwin Beverage owned Kendall’s Pioneer Distributing and Browar Polska to make its beers available across the Evergreen State. Kendall’s Pioneer Distributing is supporting Barlows beers across southwest Washington while Browar Polska will support the Seattle-Puget sound area and key points in eastern Washington.
“It’s nice to have a distribution partner so we can spend most of our time growing our brewery and restaurant,” said co-owner Brian Rummer, in a statement. “When we made the switch our service levels went through the roof.”
The first packaged distribution is underway with Barlows Crispy Mitts Lager, a hockey-inspired beer that honors the nearby Mountain View Ice Rink. Next up will be a cranberry cherry sour ale. Due to the ongoing pandemic, these beers will only be available in cans as draft beer will pick back up post pandemic.
“As a local distributor that actively seeks and supports the small, hand-crafted brewing community, we view Barlows as another success story in the region’s thriving craft beverage industry,” said Sam Madrid, chief operating officer of Corwin Beverage Co. and general manager of Browar Polska, in a statement. “The pandemic further revealed our region’s thirst for innovative hand-crafted beers as our partners expanded sales by shifting distribution.”
Rummer named Barlows Brewery after Northwest pioneer legend Sam Barlow who crossed the Cascade range in 1845 from his native Indiana to settle in the area. Following a similar westward journey, Rummer started as a home brewer after growing up in a Texas town known for German craft beers and beer-themed celebrations.
With a local story-telling flair, Rummer worked with the Clark County Historical Society to personalize the east Vancouver brewery and sponsor exhibits and events, with a creative eye toward inspiring new small-batch brew themes.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 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 Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.