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Eddyline Brewery Founders Pass the Reigns to Long Time Employees

Eddyline Brewery founded by Mic and Molley Heynekamp in 2009 recently completed the sale of the company to long time employees Brian England and Melissa McFee this October.

The brewery, which fielded offers from venture capital and investment firms, decided that selling to England and McFee was simply the right thing to do, and would leave the brewery in hands that not only cared for the brewery and its employees but also would carry on the legacy that the Heynekamps had built over the last 9 years.

“Brian and Melissa were the natural fit to take the lead and ownership at Eddyline, said former owner Mic Heynekamp. ‘Brian purchased the original Eddyline location from us in 2014 and stepped up as CEO in 2015 when Molley and I moved to New Zealand.  Melissa is a Buena Vista native, and has been our CFO for the past five years. They are the perfect team to takeover the brewery.”

The sale took some creative financing and approvals from the local lenders.  “We couldn’t have made this deal happen without our local community bank, they saw the strength in the deal and were able to be flexible in their lending,” says England.

Although, the Heynekamps are selling the US operations, they will maintain a strong connection with the Eddyline brand. Mic and Molley opened Eddyline in Nelson, New Zealand in 2016 and in 2019 they will expand their operation and begin packaging into cans and distributing across New Zealand.  

“Selling our US operations will allow us to build up our operations in New Zealand, and we are excited to still work alongside Brian and Melissa on the global Eddyline brand,” says Heynekamp.

“We are so excited to continue to build upon Mic and Molly’s legacy here in Colorado,’ says McFee. “Brian and I are looking forward to continue growing the brand, and bringing back 100% of the ownership back to Buena Vista.  We were excited that Mic and Molley decided to sell locally as opposed to selling to a large conglomerate or venture capital. This way we can continue to stay 100% Independent and a true craft brewer.”

Eddyline is continuing to focus its effort on the Colorado market as maximizing quality and value have been critical to their success; however, Eddyline is also looking and considering other markets that fit in with Eddyline’s vision. “Colorado is but one small adventurous state in a world of adventure! Wherever adventures are happening we want our Eddyline beer!” says Heynekamp.

The brewery, known for its hop-forward portfolio will see little changes outside of a brand update and a few new releases for the time being.

“We will continue to focus on Colorado and the hoppy beers like Crank Yanker IPA and Epic Day Double IPA that we have become known for,” says England. “We have a great team here at Eddyline and we can’t wait for what the future holds for us.”

For information, samples, or interviews contact Marketing Director Sheila Bustamante at Sheila@eddylinebrewing.com

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New Summer in the Citra Beer Release

Summer in the Citra, Eddyline Brewery’s latest seasonal release is now available across Colorado.   The beer was an original creation by Eddyline founder Mic Heynekamp and brewed first at their New Zealand location.

 “We wanted to combine the unique flavors of New Zealand aroma and flavor hops like Moteuka, with American ingenuity and an aggressive profile of Citra hops.” Says Heynekamp.

 The beer, a smash hit at their New Zealand brewpub has been brought home to Colorado, marking the first time a beer from their New Zealand location has been brought Stateside.

 “Summer in the Citra is bright and well balanced and is ready to take its place alongside our other hop forward beers. With 4 lbs of hops per bbl, we adjusted the water chemistry to decrease the bitterness of the hops, while allowing their floral character to shine.”  Heynekamp explains.

The beer will be the first to show off their new branding, with a fresh new look.

“This will just be a teaser for the new direction of our brand.  We have had a great 2018 so far, and we are looking forward to sharing a few Citra’s with our friends across Colorado and New Zealand.” Says, Heynekamp.

Look for the cans across Colorado in Eddyline’s signature 16oz Tallboy 6-packs and for limited draft at your local beer bar or restaurant.

For information, samples, or interviews contact Marketing Director Sheila Bustamante at Sheila@eddylinebrewing.com

About Eddyline Brewery

Eddyline Taproom & Brewery is one of Colorado’s fastest growing microbreweries. Since 2009, Eddyline has been focused on creating unique ales and lagers of the highest quality while representing Colorado’s outdoor enthusiasts. Our 16-ounce cans are infinitely recyclable, preserve the quality and freshness of the beer and are easily transportable for your favorite outdoor adventures. Eddyline works closely with local groups to help improve trails, river parks, and strongly believes in being an active steward of the local Chaffee County community.

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Raspberry Wheat Releasing this Week in Colorado

Eddyline Brewery is excited to release its Raspberry Wheat this week across Colorado.

“Fruit beers are becoming more and more popular across the country and we are excited to once again release our easy drinking Raspberry Wheat this week, Says CEO Brian England. ‘We use Oregon Raspberries to give this easy drinking American wheat beer a nice fruity character and tart finish.”

Raspberry Wheat will be available across Colorado in its signature 16oz 6-packs, perfect for any outdoor adventure. Eddyline has also just completed a major renovation of its tasting room in Buena Vista.

“The expansion and renovation will add 25% capacity for our tasting room just in time for summer. We just needed more space to satisfy all those thirsty campers, rafters and mountain bikers here at the brewery.” said England.

Eddyline Brewery is located in beautiful Buena Vista, Colorado, and is a winner of both a Great American Gold Medal and World Beer Cup Silver Medal for its River Runners Pale Ale. The brewery has seen massive growth over the past few years, and has pubs in Colorado, New Mexico, and New Zealand.

For information, samples, or interviews contact Marketing Director Sheila Bustamante at Sheila@eddylinebrewing.com

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Eddyline Brewery Releases Black Eddy

Buena Vista, CO- Eddyline is excited to announce the release of its fall seasonal, Black Eddy.

Black Eddy will be poured for the first time this year at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver and then will be released in Eddyline’s Signature tallboy 6-packs later in October.

“Black Eddy is a delicious Black IPA, with notes of roasted malt and a strong punch of bitterness.’ Says CEO Brian England, ‘The beer is perfect for the Fall, giving beer fans the hop profile we have become known for as well as a malt backbone that can stand up to those chilly fall nights.”

Black Eddy comes in at 7.5% ABV, 75 IBUs and is brewed with Simcoe and Citra hops.  This is the second year the beer has been released.

“We are excited to be pouring Black Eddy at GABF this year,’ says England, ‘We have seen absolutely explosive growth this year, and we are up almost 70% YTD.  We are looking to hire more brewers to keep up with demand, and are so thankful to all of our fans who are supporting our mountain town brewery.”

For more information, samples, or interviews contact Sheila Bustamante, Marketing Director at Eddyline Brewery at Sheila@eddylinebrewery.com

About Eddyline Brewery

Since 2009, we have been focused on creating easy drinking ales and lagers of the highest quality while representing Colorado’s outdoor enthusiasts! Situated in Buena Vista, Colorado along the Collegiate Peaks and Arkansas River, our micro-brews are inspired by the beauty and wonder of the outdoors and exhilarating adventures surrounding us. Available on tap and in 16 ounce 6 packs. Find more information about the brewery online at Eddylinebrewing.com

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New Seasonal Citra Verde debuts this month

Eddyline Brewery out of Buena Vista, Colorado is launching it’s Citra Verde this week a New Mexico inspired pale ale, dry hopped with citra hops, and made with just a hint of lime.

“We have been wanting to do a beer that represents our New Mexico roots without doing the whole Chili thing,’ Laughs CEO Brian England. “Our first brewery was located in Soccoro, New Mexico, but we are really known for our hop forward Colorado beers like Epic Day Double IPA and Crank Yanker IPA, so we thought a hoppy beer with a lime twist would be the perfect way to represent the Eddyline name.”

Citra Verde will be available across Colorado starting this week in their signature tallboy 6-packs and limited draught.

Eddyline is also happy to announce a partnership with BV Trails for some much needed trail expansion in the Buena Vista area. BV Trails is working alongside Colorado Mountain Trails and the Buena Vista Parks and Rec. Department to expand access to the Fourmile Canyon Recreation Area.

“We are avid outdoor enthusiasts and we wanted to help our local community in expanding our local trail system,’ says England. ‘As we grow we want to help support the outdoor community that ties us all together up here in Buena Vista, and the trail project was a great way to start that process.”

For more information or volunteer opportunities check out Buena Vista Parks and Rec at www.buenavistaco.gov

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Eddyline Releases Raspberry Wheat, Announces New Mexico Relaunch

Buena Vista, Colorado March 20th 2017– Eddyline Brewery is releasing their spring/summer seasonal, Raspberry Wheat, this week.

Raspberry Wheat is an American Wheat Beer made with heaps of Oregon raspberries, giving it a medium body a slightly tart, and completely refreshing fruit character.

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:SheilaColorado:Downloads:raspberry-wheat-flattend.png “Raspberry Wheat is a huge seller for us, and is just the perfect beer to enjoy   throughout the spring and summer.  Nothing beats, a great beer shared with your friends after a day on the river or after a hard days work.”  Says Brian England, CEO of Eddyline Brewery.

Raspberry Wheat will be available across Colorado in its signature 16oz 6 packs, Eddyline was the first brewery in the region to use this unique  packaging. You can  get Raspberry Wheat, along with its award winning  River Runners, Jolly Roger  Black Lager, Epic Day Double IPA and delicious  Crank Yanker IPA at liquor stores and restaurants across Colorado.

Eddyline is also excited to announce its re-launch in New Mexico with Fiasco Distribution, making Eddyline’s signature beers available across Santa Fe, Taos, Albuquerque and the rest of the great state of New Mexico.                                                  

“Our roots go deep in New Mexico and we are excited to be back. We started our first brewpub, Socorro Springs Brewery, in Socorro, New Mexico in 1999 and are excited to have our refreshing beers available across the state once again.” Say’s England.

Eddyline Brewery is located in beautiful Buena Vista, Colorado, and is a winner of both a Great American Gold Medal and World Beer Cup Silver Medal for its River Runners Pale Ale.  The brewery has seen massive growth over the past few years, and has pubs in Colorado, New Mexico, and New Zealand.

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Eddyline Brewery Releases Seasonal 14’er Imperial Java Stout: A Collaboration with the the Buena Vista Roastery

Buena Vista, Colorado – November 16, 2016 –  Eddyline Brewery collaborates with the Buena Vista Roastery for the seasonal release of the 14’er Imperial Java Stout available in 16 ounce 4 packs at liquor stores throughout Colorado. The Arkansas River Valley is home to 14,000’ peaks and this beer fits the bill. A rich Imperial Java Stout with 60 pounds of 100% organic Papua New Guinea coffee beans and loads of roasted chocolate malts makes this the perfect winter craft beer.  

“The coffee and roasted barley are perfectly balanced in our 14’er Imperial Java Stout. As opposed to last season, coffee was the boldest flavor. I enjoy the slight sweetness this year to complement the bitterness of the coffee beans,” explained Brewer, Alex Topper.

The Buena Vista Roastery works at high elevation which allows them to keep temperatures lower than at sea level. This helps to develop natural sugars in the coffee beans. Eddyline worked closely with the Buena Vista Roastery to select a coffee bean with a low acidic profile. Papua New Guinea 100% organic specialty grade coffee bean was the perfect balance to magnify the sweetness from the chocolate notes. Collaborating with local businesses and the use of organic ingredients is significant to the Eddyline business model.

“The Buena Vista Roastery is proud to be in collaboration with Eddyline in their production of their seasonal 14er Java Stout. The coffee used – Papua New Guinea – was selected for its low acid profile,notes of chocolate and spice and a moderate degree of sweetness on the finish. Eddyline performs the real magic by merging their ingredients with ours, creating what has become our go-to cold season beer,” stated Operations Manager, Ed Barkowski.

About Eddyline Brewery

Eddyline Taproom & Brewery is one of Colorado’s fastest growing microbreweries. Since 2009, Eddyline has been focused on creating unique ales and lagers of the highest quality while representing Colorado’s outdoor enthusiasts. Our 16-ounce cans are infinitely recyclable, preserve the quality and freshness of the beer and are easily transportable for your favorite outdoor adventures. Eddyline works closely with local groups to help improve trails, river parks, and strongly believes in being an active steward of the local Chaffee County community.