After signing with Lagrange Grocery and Atlanta Beverage in February, Omaha Brewing Company has recently added Eagle Rock Distributing Company and Albany Beverage as their distribution partners, with plans to roll-out with Leon Farmer & Company later this month.
Covering areas in east Atlanta such as Brookhaven, Decatur, Avondale and Dunwoody, Eagle Rock also covers the Sandy Springs and Suwannee area, as well as Northwest Georgia.
“We started distributing to the public roughly two years ago,” said owner Robert E. Lee. “We wanted to establish Columbus as our home base, then gradually expand throughout the rest of Georgia. Eagle Rock, Albany and Leon are people we want to work with in the long run and who understand who we are and what we want to establish as a Southern craft brewery here in Georgia.”
B&B Beverage Company, in Columbus, Ga., began distributing OBC brands to the public in the Columbus market in June of 2014. After adding a 6,500 sq. foot production facility and a four-vessel, 30BBL brewhouse, Omaha began expanding distribution outside of Columbus.
Entering the Atlanta markets, OBC began with two brands, the Nada-Banana Georgia-style Weiss Beer and the Hannahatchee Creek IPA, an east-coast style IPA with tropical fruit and citrus flavor profiles. Beginning in mid-May, Omaha is releasing two more brands in the Atlanta market to complete a four-brand core lineup. The Oma-Hop hoppy wheat session ale and Doc Dweller, a berliner weisse.
The Oma-Hop is an American wheat beer brewed with Cascade hops and dry-hopped with Citra hops to create a sessionable, crisp wheat beer with pine, citrus and light floral notes.
The Doc Dweller is Omaha’s version of the berliner weisse. The Georgia-style berliner pops with an initial tartness and finishes with white wine and green grape notes derived from the Nelson Sauivon hops. A light, golden sour ale with extreme sessionablility.
“The Doc Dweller was actually our summer seasonal last year here in the Columbus market,” Lee said. “The feedback we received was that basically it needed to be something more than a seasonal. It’s a sour, so we had to approach things a bit differently when deciding to add this as a core brand, but our current brewhouse allows us to produce a wide range of beers, and this is one of them.”
The four core-brands will be available year-around in downtown and metro Atlanta, as well as the Lagrange and Columbus markets.
Albany Beverage will begin distributing OBC brews in cities in south Georgia, including Albany, Americas, Bainbridge, Moultrie and Cuthbert.
OBC’s slogan, “Small Town, Big Beer,” is essential to who they are as a company, but over the last three months, production has grown tremendously in order to supply these markets. Omaha’s 30BBL brewhouse is on par with other Georgia breweries such as Monday Night Brewing Company and Creature Comforts, although theses breweries have more fermentation space.
“Moving forward, we’ve got the equipment we need to begin to supply our home state,” Lee said. “Obviously we’ll expand our fermentation cellar relatively soon, but with the team here at OBC, I have no doubt we can continue to establish ourselves in Georgia as a consistent, dependable craft brewery.”
Eagle Rock’s entire coverage area includes North Fulton, Dekalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Cherokee, Bartow, Polk, Floyd, Chattooga, Gordon, Pickens, Gilmer, Fannin, Murray, Whitfield, Catoosa, Walker and Dade County.
Leon Farmer covers Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Greene, Habersham, Hart, Jackson, Jasper, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Stephens, Walton, Wilkes, Banks, Dawson, Forsyth, Hall, Lumpkin, Rabun, Towns, Union, and White county.