Sunshine State Distributing will expand Red Hare Brewing’s reach this month, bringing the Georgia-based brewery’s line of “cooler beers” to Central Florida. This will be Red Hare Brewing’s first—and southernmost—expansion from Florida’s panhandle into the state.

“Red Hare Brewing offers beers that are the perfect match to the Florida lifestyle,” said Chris Larue, president and founder of Sunshine State Distributing. “We knew we had to partner with the team there after our first taste of their beer.”

Distribution of Red Hare Brewing is set to begin this month to craft bars, restaurants, and retail stores throughout Orange, Osceola, Polk, Brevard, Lake, Seminole, Volusia, and Flagler counties.

“In addition to the relationships Sunshine State has with their venue partners, we value their dedication to their clients,” said Roger Davis, owner of Red Hare Brewing. “We don’t feel like we’ll get lost in a large portfolio, and we plan to put as many resources behind this partnership as they do.”

Based in Marietta, Georgia, Red Hare Brewing quickly gained popularity after opening their doors in 2011. In 2012, the company became the first craft brewer in Georgia to can their beer. Red Hare Brewing has earned multiple awards and honors for their craft. In 2016 the brewery was named the fourth best at the U.S. Open Beer Championship and brought home five medals. In 2018 the trend continued, and Red Hare Brewing again walked away with numerous medals.

Davis describes the Red Hare Brewing beers as “beers that go in coolers.” They are good for sipping outdoors, at the beach, a tailgate, or on a boat. One such beer is the company’s SPF 50/50 India Pale Radler. Earning a gold medal at the 2016 U.S. Open Beer Championship, SPF 50/50 is one of Red Hare’s decorated offerings—and a crowd favorite in the tap room. This one is as sessionable as it is flavorful, a mix of Gangway IPA and the brewery’s house-made sparkling grapefruit soda.

Central Florida craft beer drinkers can expect to get a taste of Red Hare Brewing this month as Sunshine State ramps up distribution throughout the region.

Christine Voliva