Eugene brewery tastes success

After three years of Northwest business, Ninkasi Brewing Co. plans to expand its presence.

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Ninkasi Brewing Co. has only been in business for three years, but it has already made a name for itself in the Northwest and is looking to break into the Northern California market.

After crossing the 15,000-barrels mark last year, the Eugene-based company is the first Oregon brewery to be designated a regional craft brewery in over a decade.

In the three years since it brewed its first barrel, Ninkasi Brewing Co. has steadily grown into a major force in Oregon’s highly competitive, and world-renowned, craft brewing industry. Founders Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge have built a steady buzz around their brand and succeeded in getting their brews into bars, stores and gullets around the Northwest.

Production has grown from 3,000 barrels in 2007, its first full year in business, to 7,800 barrels in 2008 to 17,000 barrels in 2009. (A barrel is 31 gallons of beer). The company expanded distribution to Idaho and Alaska in late 2009, joining Oregon and Washington.

Read the full story at The Register-Guard.

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