Bend Bulletin: "Bend breweries try new distribution model"
Two Bend breweries will sell their beer for a limited time in new markets through a business that handles logistics from dock to store.
Monkless Belgian Ales and GoodLife Brewing Co. are among the first breweries to sign on with Brew Pipeline as guest brewers. Brew Pipeline, started by Steven Kwapil, Trip Kloser and Marty Ochs, operates a nationwide distribution system, but just launched the guest brewer program in April.
Brew Pipeline and its network of distributors presell beer in packages or kegs to stores, bars or restaurants. Brewers contract with Brew Pipeline for a limited time. Then the brewer is free to sign on with a permanent distributor, said Ochs, who is the company president in charge of sales. Brew Pipeline has signed up 38 guest brewers and has another 70 interested.