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Port City Brewing to start distributing to New York City

Friday - 12/27/2013, 11:53am  ET

Alexandria brewery Port City will make its way up to the Big Apple starting next year.

The brewing company has inked a deal for New York City-area distribution with Sarene Craft Beer Distributors, LLC, a small startup distributor from owners Matt and Eric Schulman that will launch in the New York metro area next month.

Sarene will start with five brands, including Port City. The others are Central Waters Brewing Co. out of Amherst, Wis., Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. out of Akron, Ohio, Lakefront Brewery out of Milwaukee and Carton Brewing from Atlantic Highlands, N.J.

Previously, Port City's northward distribution stopped at southern New Jersey; the brewery also sells beer in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

“We are proud to enter the metro New York market with Sarene Craft Beer Distributors,” Bill Butcher, Port City's founder, said in a statement. “Matt and Eric Schulman are talented and driven craft beer experts with great trade relationships in New York. We look forward to growing our business with them as our partners in this important market. ”

I've reached out to Butcher for more information on what beers will be available in the tri-state area and will update this post when I hear from him.

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