SweetWater Brewing Flows into Acadiana

  • Monday, 18 July 2016 15:28

Craft Brewery to Expand Louisiana Footprint with Schilling Distributing Co.

LAFAYETTE, LA; (7.18.16) – SweetWater Brewing Co. continues its expansion in Louisiana with the following parishes: Lafayette, Acadia, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion.  Schilling Distributing, a 66 years old, family owned company, will lead distribution of the brew starting July 18. 

“We are excited for the opportunity to partner with such a tremendous brewery and being able to bring another great portfolio of beers to the people of Acadiana,” said Buddy Schilling, General Manager of Schilling Distributing. “SweetWater makes outstanding liquid that will fit right in with our Cajun culture.

Craft beer lovers will find SweetWater’s signature 420 Extra Pale Ale, award winning IPA, crowd pleasing Blue, plus seasonals like summer’s popular Goin’ Coastal IPA with pineapple, and limited release styles like Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, and Pit & Pendulum.  SweetWater will be on draft at bars and restaurants, in grocery stores, package stores, and specialty bottle shops. 

Those in Lafayette, Acadia, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion Parishes should follow SweetWater’s Louisiana Facebook page and Twitter handle for information on launch events, and where they can spot the brewery’s iconic rainbow trout tap handles. They can also use Schilling Distributing’s free LiquidFinder App to find bars, restaurants and stores carrying SweetWater in and around Acadiana.

There are some rollout events planned, including:

  • 7/20 – The Wurst Biergarten
  • 7/20 – Whole Foods
  • 7/21 – Social Southern Table & Bar
  • 7/21 – The Tap Room
  • 7/22 – The Jefferson Street Green Room

To learn more about SweetWater Brewing Co. and its full lineup of brands, visit www.sweetwaterbrew.com.

ABOUT SWEETWATER BREWING COMPANY: SweetWater Brewing Company is an Atlanta-based craft brewery living by the motto "Don't Float the Mainstream!" The award-winning lineup of year-round beers includes SweetWater 420, IPA, Blue, Take Two Pils, and Georgia Brown. SweetWater also features a catch and release series of beers available on a limited basis throughout the year and an experimental, one-time-only Dank Tank series. SweetWater Brewery – located at 195 Ottley Drive in Atlanta – is open for tours every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. For more information about SweetWater Brewing Company, please visit www.sweetwaterbrewing.com. Hang out with your social thang out and follow SweetWater Brewing Company on Twitter/ Instagram @sweetwaterbrew, or become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/sweetwaterbrew.

ABOUT SCHILLING DISTRIBUTING COMPANY: Schilling Distributing was founded in 1950 by Herbert Schilling exclusively selling Anheuser-Busch products. Schilling currently operates out of a 151,000 sq. foot warehouse selling 4 million cases annually. They operate as Lafayette’s only locally-owned alcohol beverage distributor under Mr. Herbert E. Schilling II and his son, Mr. Charles “Buddy” H. Schilling, II, and have transitioned from an exclusive beer wholesaler to a diversified beverage distributorship. With time-honored loyalty and experience, Schilling continues to efficiently deliver alcoholic and non-alcoholic products by outstanding personnel resulting in an exceptional experience for our retail customers. Schilling is the Official Beer Distributor of Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics.




American Craft Beer Week Events Set

  • Monday, 16 May 2016 17:33

American Craft Beer Week Events Set

Special Releases and Tap Takeover events highlight craft brewing in Acadiana

LAFAYETTE, LA.; May 16, 2015 – The Brewers Association has declared American Craft Beer Week (ACBW), a celebration of U.S. small and independent craft brewers. ACBW is an exciting opportunity for craft brewers to commemorate their art and tradition with enthusiasts across the country. From May 16-May 22, all 50 states will be holding events including exclusive brewery tours, special craft beer releases, food and beer pairings, tap takeovers and more to celebrate the ever advancing beer culture in the United States.

Some of the events that will be happening around Acadiana to celebrate ACBW are:

Monday, May 16th

  • Saint Street Inn IPA Invasion (all week)

Tuesday, May 17th

  • Social Southern Table, Tin Roof Pint Night
  • Whole Foods Barrel-Aged Event featuring Goose Island Bourbon County ’14 & ’15, Founders KBS ’15 & ’16 and Saint Arnold Bishops Barrel #13
  • Saint Street Inn IPA Invasion (all week)

Wednesday, May 18th

  • Wurst Biergarten Downtown, Special Parish Brewing Cask
  • Champagne’s (Oil Center) – Craft Beer Samplings
  • Saint Street Inn IPA Invasion (all week)

Thursday, May 19th

  • Social Southern Table, Flying Heart Pint Night
  • NuNu’s Youngsville, Craft Beer Samplings
  • Saint Street Inn IPA Invasion (all week)

Friday, May 20th

  • Tap Room, Bayou Teche Tap Takeover
  • Green Room Downtown, Bayou Teche Tap Takeover
  • Marcello Wine Market, Craft Beer Samplings
  • Saint Street Inn IPA Invasion (all week)

Saturday, May 21st

  • Saint Street Inn, New Belgium Cruiser Bicycle Giveaway
  • Tap Room, New Belgium Cruiser Bicycle Giveaway

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

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Welcome Bossier City’s Flying Heart

  • Monday, 22 February 2016 17:02

Firehouse Blonde will be initial rollout brand; consumers can find using LiquidFinder App on smartphones

LAFAYETTE, LA.; February 22, 2016 – Bossier City’s Flying Heart Brewing has agreed to join the Schilling Distributing family, with beer set to roll out in the Acadiana market on the week of February 22nd. The initial offering will be Firehouse Blonde, a blazing crisp brew is named for the brewery’s location in Bossier City, Historic Firehouse No. 6. This take on a Kolsch style ale has bright and clean flavor of pilsner grain that compliments its soft- hop aroma. This is a well-balanced beer for the novice tasters, as well as, experienced connoisseurs. It is currently only available in draught; other brands will follow in the coming months.

Consumers will be able to find what bars and restaurants are carrying Flying Heart by downloading Schilling’s LiquidFinder App, available for free on both Apple and Android smartphones (search “liquidfinder” or “schilling”). This information can also be found at www.liquidfinder.com. Firehouse Blonde is already available at Tigue “Moore” Field for Ragin’ Cajuns Baseball games.

Flying Heart Brewing is a labor of love, pure and simple. Each of the three couples involved in the venture have come together through a convergence of ideas and complementary goals. They all started as friends that shared a love of creative expression. Although the concept of craft brewing was introduced rather off-handedly, the art and science and fun appealed to each on many different levels. What started as an interesting weekend challenge rapidly escalated into an obsession that led to intense academic study and constant upgrading of equipment because the more they knew, the more they wanted to expand their creations. A pleasant result of that kind of passion was a substantial amount of free beer to go around and the overwhelmingly positive responses created a momentum that has taken on a life of its own.

The namesake of Flying Heart pays tribute to Ben Hart’s family brand from his home of Washington State. Ben grew up in one of our country’s premier craft brewing regions and came by his love of same very naturally. That being said, Flying Heart Brewing currently has six labels that cover the gambit from a smooth black ale that boasts a moderate hop content to a bourbon barrel variety of dark ale, to several crisp, lighter ales, each with their own distinct character.

Flying Heart is the seventh Louisiana brewery in the Schilling portfolio, joining Bayou Teche Brewing (Arnaudville), Parish Brewing (Broussard), Tin Roof (Baton Rouge), Chafunkta (Mandeville), Gnarly Barley (Hammond) and Covington Brewhouse (Covington).