The first ten months of production have been fruitful ones for the Alameda Brewing Company’s strategy to ship their popular craft beers around the globe in six-packs of 12-ounce, aluminum cans. Currently exporting through Craftport Exports, the neighborhood brew is now shipping to Malaysia, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain, Canada and Austria. The brewery’s sales have increased by 70 percent over 2014.
Locally, Alameda’s Yellow Wolf Imperial IPA, Klickitat Pale Ale and P-Town Pilsner can be found at Plaid Pantry, Fred Meyer, Haagen’s, New Seasons and, of course, the Alameda Brewhouse on Northeast Fremont. The six packs retail for around $8.99 each.
Matt Schumacher and Keytra Bafford have added a sales team, Charlie Brown and Niquel Coull, and an accountant, Ivan Basquill. While some small-batch brewing is still done at the Fremont location, where Brendan Ford-Sala is the head brewer, the company has added capacity in a state-of-the-art facility located in Southeast Portland.
The new facility has a 20-barrel capacity and a grain silo and was built by Global Stainless Systems of Canby. It supplements the original 5-barrel brewery located inside the Alameda Brewhouse. Plans are in place to expand the facility this spring by adding two more 80-barrel fermenters and two 40-barrel fermenters. Eric Rolerkite is head brewer at the production facility and works with Carlos Lopez, Alaric Lawrence and Chris Jennings to get the product on the street.
Alameda is also working with KNRK radio to release another can with a Session IPA called the Alternator that will benefit the Surf Rider Foundation, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the world’s waves and beaches.
For more information, or to find a retailer near you, visit www.alamedabrewing.com.