Crux Fermentation Project Signs Distribution Agreement with Columbia

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Crux Fermentation Project Signs Distribution Agreement with Columbia


Bend’s Crux Fermentation Project is about to become more widely available. Today Columbia Distributing announced a new partnership to distribute Crux’s beers in Oregon and Washington starting in October. Columbia Distributing is the largest distributor in the Pacific Northwest.

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Crux sought to expand availability to more broadly distribute its specialty beers across the region with the Columbia Distributing partnership. At the heart of Crux’s brewing pursuits are those special artisan beers that are experiential and unique. Larry Sidor, Crux Fermentation Project Founder and Brewmaster expands: “The complexity and nuance of barrel aged beers like our [Banished] Tough Love and [Banished] Freakcake are what get us brewers really inspired.” These are beers of limited quantity, and the challenge for Crux has been effectively distributing them across the Northwest. “We’re really excited to share our [Banished Series] beers with more beer lovers in the northwest, along with our crowd favorites such as Outcast IPA and Impasse Saison.”

Crux Fermentation Project is noted for brewing exceptional beers, combining art and science to create traditional styles with unique characteristics. “We recognize the importance of reaching more quality points of distribution so that discerning craft beer drinkers can more easily find Crux beers, both in bottles and on draft,” said Russell Crecraft, Crux Fermentation Project President. “Columbia [Distributing] has assembled an impressive team of craft aficionados that understand the importance of quality. They get that there is a valuable niche for these special beers—there’s significant alignment behind the vision for Crux’s future.”

“We are thrilled with our new partnership with the Crux Fermentation Project,” said Mark Walen, President of Columbia Distributing – Oregon. “Our goal is to bring our customers the world’s best beers. The addition of Crux to our portfolio is an extraordinary addition that allows Columbia to deliver the region’s most exciting emerging craft brewery.”

Columbia Distributing is the Northwest region’s leading beer distributor, covering over 135,000 square miles and reaching over 20,000 retail customers in Oregon and Washington. Columbia’s over 2,500 teammates enthusiastically sell the world’s finest beers and ciders, as well a complete portfolio of non-alcoholic beverages.

Crux Fermentation Project, founded in June of 2012 by acclaimed Brewmaster Larry Sidor and co-founder Paul Evers, has quickly emerged as one of the Northwest’s most exciting new breweries. Crux’s Larry Sidor has been brewing beer for over 30 years, including 8 years as Brewmaster at Deschutes Brewing.

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