Monday, April 18, 2016

Armadillo Ale Works joins up with Andrews

Image courtesy of Armadillo Ale Works.

Following recent news of plans to re-introduce itself into the market, Armadillo Ale Works revealed today that it will partner with Andrews for the distribution of its beers once production starts back up this summer.

Founded by Yianni Arestis and Bobby Mullins, Armadillo Ale Works began "representin' Denton" with a lineup of beers inspired by the history and culture of that city in January 2013. Since then, the pair has gone on to produce Greenbelt Farmhouse Ale, Quakertown Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Brunch Money Imperial Golden Stout and Wundermelon Watermelon Kölsch. Of those, Quakertown was the first to be recognized with a major award after the beer won a gold medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival.

Arestis, who is also Armadillo's chief executive officer, said the team is looking forward to learning from Andrews and collaborating with them to expand the brewery's reach and vision.

"We are looking forward to working more closely with the people from Andrews," Arestis said. "We've been impressed with the caliber of team members we've met thus far and we think there is a lot of knowledge for us to gain in the future. We were very glad to find a company that understands our vision and concept so well and is excited to help us achieve our goals."

Kelli Hopson, Andrews brand manager for Armadillo, said the new partnership will create exciting opportunities to share great local beers with Dallas-Fort Worth craft beer lovers.

"We have been so impressed by the story of Armadillo Ale Works since our first encounter with Bobby and Yianni," Hopson said. "They are developing a portfolio of unique beer styles that incorporate local, and some unexpected, ingredients. Andrews is honored to be the partner that will get Armadillo beer back in the hands of local beer drinkers."

According to a press release, Andrews will kick-off the launch of Armadillo Ale Works this summer with a new draft offering to be called Honey Please. Billed as a beer with deep roots, Honey Please is a blonde ale brewed with Texas wildflower honey and mesquite beans. The addition of mesquite beans in alcohol production dates back to the early 20th century, and it's said their use will give the new beer a complexity of flavors unmatched by any other.

For the time being, Armadillo's beers will be brewed under an agreement signed with North Texas Brewing Co. of Grapevine. That is, until construction of its new brewery is completed in Downtown Denton, something which is expected to happen in time for a grand opening in the fall.

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