Friend, fellow cidermaker Reverend Nat contacted me earlier today with some exciting news for his new cider business. The Rev Nat recently signed a deal with Columbia Distributing to distribute his cider througout both Oregon and Washington.
Nat is one of Oregon's newest cidermakers and Columbia is the largest distributor in the Northwest. This move gives Nat some pretty broad reach very early on. Good luck man! You are gonna be a pretty busy dude I think.
Here is the press release from the Reverend Nat camp:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Reverend Nat's Hard Cider Contact: Nat West
Reverend Nat's Hard Cider Signs with Columbia Distributing
Portland, OR 07/10/12 – Just a few months into its first sales, and effective immediately, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider has signed a deal with Columbia Distributing to distribute all products in the Oregon and Washington markets.
The quickly-growing cidery was begun as a hobby six years ago and is located in the Reverend's basement in the historic Woodlawn neighborhood of NE Portland. Current market offerings include the flagship Revival Dry and the popular Deliverance Ginger. The first new offering under Columbia Distributing will be the celebrated Hallelujah Hopricot, followed closely by Sacrilege Sour Cherry, Providence Traditional New England and the limited-release Revelation single-variety series.
Columbia Distributing boasts the longest history of cider distributorship in the Pacific Northwest with many well-known cider brands. The large distributor also plays well with the locals, recently adding local beer scene favorite Hopworks Urban Brewery to its lineup. Reverend Nat's produced almost 4,000 gallons this year and expects to expand significantly under partnership with Columbia Distributing. The Reverend says, “I can drink my cider. Portland can drink my cider. Now more people can drink my cider.”