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Fireman’s Brew Coming To Illinois

In Press Release by The Guys

Fireman's Brew

We like beer and we respect firefighters, so how can we not be excited about a craft brewery – started by two LA firefighters – entering the Chicago and central Illinois beer markets?

Say hello to Fireman’s Brew.

Grant Importing and Distributing and Specialty Distributing of Illinois will handle getting Fireman’s flagship beers – a pilsner style lager, doppelbock and amber ale – into bars and onto store shelves.

It’s also worth noting the brewery donates a portion of its profits to the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation.



Los Angeles-based craft beer company expands distribution though agreements with Grant Importing and Distributing and Specialty Distributing of Illinois

Los Angeles – Oct. 15, 2012 – Fireman’s Brew, a Los Angeles-based craft beer company founded by two firefighters, today announced that its award-winning beers are now available throughout the state of Illinois.  Through newly signed distribution agreements with Grant Importing and Distributing and Specialty Distributing of Illinois, Fireman’s Brew continues to rapidly expand the distribution of its handcrafted microbrews.

“Right now is probably the most exciting time to be a part of Fireman’s Brew,” said Rob Nowaczyk, founder of Fireman’s Brew.  “Just a few weeks ago we announced that Colorado would be the first state outside of California to receive Fireman’s Brew, and we couldn’t be more excited that we’ve been able to secure distribution agreements in Illinois as well.  Both Grant Importing and Distributing and Specialty Distributing of Illinois have fantastic craft beer portfolios, and we’re honored that they have partnered with Fireman’s Brew to make our beer available to consumers across this great state.”

Already one of the fastest growing craft beer brands in its home state of California, Fireman’s Brew newly expanded distribution network provides an opportunity for the company to reach thousands of on-premise and retail outlets across Illinois. Through the agreement, Specialty Distributing of Illinois and Grant Importing and Distributing will distribute Fireman’s Brew signature beers in 12-ounce bottle six-packs, twelve-pack samplers and kegs including:

  • Fireman’s Brew: Blonde (Pilsner-style Lager; 5% ABV)
  • Fireman’s Brew: Brunette (German-style Doublebock; 8% ABV)
  • Fireman’s Brew: Redhead (Amber Ale; 5.5% ABV)

“We are thrilled to partner up with Fireman’s Brew to help launch their brand in our market,” said Steve King, craft beer manager for Specialty Distributing of Illinois.  “Illinois has a strong firefighter heritage and that combined with the bold flavors and premium quality of Fireman’s Brew beer, make this partnership a natural fit.  We know that Fireman’s Brew will be an excellent addition to our growing craft beer portfolio.”

“Fireman’s Brew is a great addition to our craft portfolio,” added Dan Granato, general manager of Grant Importing and Distributing. “It’s the complete package of three great tasting beers, and a strong brand connection. We’re excited to launch Fireman’s Brew throughout the Chicagoland area.”

Conceived by two Los Angeles-based firefighters after extinguishing a brush fire in the local mountains, Fireman’s Brew grew out of their vision to create a premium line of handcrafted ales and lagers that would quench their thirsts after an exhausting day on the firelines.  Fireman’s Brew collection of micro-brewed beers are created using only the finest of all-natural ingredients to deliver bold, full-flavored, traditional tastes and easy drinking refreshment.  In addition, the company is committed to giving back to the firefighter community upon which it was founded by donating a portion of company proceeds to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation – the nation’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to honoring fallen firefighters and providing assistance to their surviving families.

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About Fireman’s Brew:

Extinguish Your Thirst! with Fireman’s Brew, a premium line of micro-brewed beers created by two Los Angeles-based firefighters. Based in Canoga Park, Calif., Fireman’s Brew has quickly become one of the fastest growing craft beer brands in California.  Created using only the finest of all-natural ingredients, Fireman’s Brew offers a selection of three microbrewed beers for off-duty refreshment. Originally created by firefighters for firefighters, Fireman’s Brew is committed to giving back to the firefighter community and donates a portion of its proceeds to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Emmitsburg, Md.

About Specialty Distributing of Illinois:

Devoted to bring the finest craft beers, fine wines and unique liquors to Central Illinois, Specialty Distributing has grown to become one of the most recognized distributors in the state. With a focus on innovation, Specialty Distributing strives to provide retailers with exemplary service and partnership programs that help to grow business.

About Grant Importing and Distributing Co.:

Located in Broadview, IL, Grant Importing and Distributing is committed to being your first source for the very best in beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. With a wide selection of brands, attentive customer service and support, we’re proud to service over 2,700 on and off-premise accounts in the Chicagoland area.

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