Cerveceria Wendlandt Named 2015 Best Brewery in Mexico, Plans to Expand Distribution in California
2015 was a busy year for Ensenada craft brewer Cerveceria Wendlandt: new beer releases (barrel aged Saison with Brettanomyces), new collaborations (top U.S. breweries Pizza Port and Alpine) and participation in a growing number of craft beer festivals throughout Mexico.
And to cap it off, Wendlandt took home the coveted “2015 Best Brewery in Mexico” honors at the recent COPA CERVEZA MX competition, Mexico’s equivalent to the Great American Beer Festival, held each year in Mexico City. The brewery also won top honors with five of its beers at the competition.
“The COPA CERVEZA results were a surprise,” Wendlandt founder and brewer Eugenio Romero said recently. “Winning 5 medals and then being named Best Brewery in Mexico is an unbelievable recognition.”
Wendlandt’s 2015 COPA CERVEZA MX awards:
Gold Medal – Veraniega, American Style Wheat (Category: Best Golden Beer)
Gold Medal – Harry Polanco, Red Ale (Category: Best Amber, Red or Brown Ale)
Gold Medal – Barrel Aged Saison with Brett (Category: Best Specialty Beer)
Silver Medal – Perro Del Mar, IPA (Category: Best India Pale Ale)
Bronze Medal – Vaquita Marina, Pale Ale (Category: Best Pale Ale)
Wendlandt’s production in 2015 was roughly double its production from 2014. The brewery projects another doubling of its production in 2016, as the demand for premium Mexican craft beer continues to skyrocket. Wendlandt also plans to expand its distribution in California, both on draft and in bottles.
Wendlandt is working with Newport Beach, CA based GRDLOC Partners LLC to import its products and coordinate distribution.
“We hope to offer more great beers and attend more events in 2016. We have added equipment to expand our production and we also plan to grow our distribution in the U.S.,” said Romero. “We invite everyone to come try our beers.”
Romero is planning several events in the new year to celebrate a successful 2015. Wendlandt’s Facebook (/CerveceriaWendlandt), Instagram (/cerveceriaW) and Twitter (@cerveceriaW) accounts will provide event information.
Wendlandt core beers to be distributed in California include: Perro Del Mar IPA, Foca Parlante Oatmeal Stout, Harry Polanco Red Ale, Vaquita Marina Pale Ale, HannZomer Saison, Humpy Humpy American Amber and VeraNiega American Style Wheat. Collaboration beers and special release brews will also be available.
We opened in 2012. Distribution in major cities across Mexico. Brews 6 core beers plus special releases. Tours offered at the brewery located in El Sauzal (5 miles north of Ensenada). Operates a tasting room + Gastropub in downtown Ensenada.
To learn more visit: www.wendlandt.com.mx
GRDLOC imports and wholesales craft beer and fine wine, with an emphasis on products from Mexico. To learn more visit www.grdloc.com or contact by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 949) 229.3994
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