I have been flooding with comments and emails after my post earlier this week about Drewrys Brewery “returning” to South Bend. At that time, I basically passed along a press release from the brewery itself. Many of you were wondering whether the beer was actually going to be brewed in South Bend. So here is your answer from Dan Blacharski, president of Ugly Dog Media, INC. for Drewrys Brewing Company.
“Drewrys will initially be a contract brewing operation, in the same manner as many major brands (including Pabst), to allow Drewrys to be up and running quickly. Although the South Bend area does not have an existing brewing operation capable of handling the capacity we have in mind, we do plan to launch the contract brew portion of the Drewrys operation in two phases. Prior to engaging a major contract brewer, we will first release a “special limited edition” Drewrys, brewed in cooperation with a local micro-brew operation, and we are actively seeking local micro-brew partners for this purpose. It’s important to note that the new Drewrys Brewing Company is starting out small, using as many resources and vendors in the South Bend area as possible. From our initial hyper-local focus as a premium beverage marketed in the South Bend area, we plan to move forward to expand throughout the Great Lakes region.”
This may answer some questions for now, but if you have further questions, it is my understanding that Drewrys Brewing Company will have a booth at the South Bend Brew Fest, tomorrow, Saturday, January 12, at the Century Center in South Bend.