CBA Cisco BRewers partnership

Portland-based Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) has entered into an agreement with Cisco Brewers in Nantucket Island in Massachusetts, in a bid to expand its craft beers to more consumers throughout the Northeast.

Under the master distribution agreement, Cisco Brewers will gain access to CBA’s sales and distribution network and bring the island-inspired craft beers to more consumers throughout the Northeast.

Additionally, the brewers will be facilitated with the New Hampshire brewery to augment Cisco’s growth.

The alternating proprietorship agreement will see the two craft beer companies share a master brewer with Cisco operating CBA’s brewing facility in Portsmouth.

CBA Lead Innovation Brewer Mark Valeriani will oversee the production of beers at Cisco’s brewery on Nantucket, as well as at CBA’s Portsmouth brewery.

CBA CEO Andy Thomas: "First, the team at Cisco has built an exceptional company with a deep connection to its local community and strong cultural values that mesh really well with CBA. Second, Cisco has already established a strong presence in the Northeast, which is an important market for us as we continue to expand the Alliance and leverage our East Coast footprint.

"And third, we see some terrific growth opportunities for both companies as we partner to bring more great brands and brews like Whale’s Tale and Grey Lady to more beer drinkers in the East."

The partnership expands CBA’s family comprising of Redhook Ale Brewery, Widmer Brothers Brewing, and Kona Brewing Company.

Under the label of Craft Brew Alliance, these companies have expanded their reach across the US and more than 15 international markets.

Image: Partnership with CBA brings more Cisco Brewers beers like Whale’s Tale Pale Ale to New England craft beer lovers. Photo: Business Wire.