Craft Brew Alliance, an independent craft brewing company in the US, has signed a letter of intent to form a strategic partnership with Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB), as part of its strategy to boost innovation,and drive growth and shareholder value.

According to the terms of the agreement, the company will share resources in key strategic areas such as brewing, purchasing, distribution, and sales.

Besides, this partnership provides AMB’s staff access to CBA’s thought leadership, technical expertise and more than three decades of experience in brewing, branding and distribution.

The companies claimed that they share several similarities that reinforce the strategic alignment and cultural fit, including unique and identifiable brands.

Craft Brew Alliance CEO Andy Thomas said: "This kind of partnership aligns perfectly with what we’re building CBA to do: help bring authentic craft beers and brands to beer lovers from coast to coast.

"As we look to the future, we’re excited to broaden the alliance with real brands that are steeped in place and legacy and nurture their ability to serve today’s increasing demand for great-tasting, local craft beers in emerging markets like North Carolina and the Southeast."

Appalachian Mountain Brewery CEO Sean Spiegelman said: "I can think of no better path forward for our company than to create a strategic partnership with a respected leader like CBA.

"We are extremely excited to look at how AMB can leverage their technical expertise and extensive experience helping brands grow while maintaining their focus on local community, philanthropy and the environment."

Recently, AMB began canning on its Cask Semi-Automated Canning System, as it eyes expansion in distribution of three of its beer styles in cans throughout North Carolina, a state in the US.