(Salt Lake City, UT) – Epic Brewing Company, now approaching its fifth year in operation, has continued to grow rapidly by increasing craft beer sales by 54% in 2014. Epic Brewing sold a total of 16,840 barrels of beer between its three breweries, up from 10,950 in 2013. With this increase in sales Epic Brewing is now designated as a Regional Craft Brewer by the Brewer’s Association.
Epic’s beers were recognized with eight domestic and international awards in 2014, with each of the following beers winning gold medals: Hop Syndrome Lager at the San Diego International Beer Festival, Smoked Porter at the LA International Beer Competition and Brainless Belgian-Style Golden Ale at the North American Brewers Association.
The Denver brewery continued its planned expansion with the addition of three 80 barrel and two 40 barrel fermenters, along with a 40 barrel brite tank, in the early summer of 2014. In late January of this year they added an additional three 120 barrel fermenters and a 120 barrel brite tank, as well as a second 20 Barrel kettle to the brew house. A further two additional 180 barrel fermenters and a corresponding brite tank are planned for delivery in the late summer of 2015.
The Denver Brewery also installed a canning line and began packing several beers in 12 oz. cans. Current offerings include the popular Escape to Colorado IPA, which was brewed in celebration of Epic’s expansion to the East side of the Rockies and features Mosaic hops. The second beer to be canned was the 2012 and 2013 Silver Medal Session Beer winner, Hop Syndrome Pils-Lager, which would subsequently win gold at the San Diego International Beer Festival. Hop Syndrome will return this June and become a year- round offering. Epic also introduced Element 29 Pale Ale, an all-Amarillo-hopped American Pale Ale, in October, as a fall seasonal. In February of this year Epic released Lil’ Brainless Raspberries: a 5.2% ABV canned version of its award winning Brainless Raspberries, Belgian-Style Ale, bringing the total offering of 12 oz. canned beers to four.
Taking advantage of its growth to meet the demand for Epic beers in other craft-centric regions, Epic opened 4 new major domestic markets in Wisconsin, Montana, Texas and Indiana. This brings Epic’s total number of national markets to 19. In 2015 Epic plans to continue opening new markets in Florida, Kansas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Iowa and Missouri, as well as extend market reach in Texas and California. Epic continued creating jobs and investing in its skilled workforce, and now employs 115 people in Utah and Colorado, with a team of ten sales representatives supporting their 38 distribution partners nationally.
Epic Brewing Company, LLC was opened in May of 2010. Epic Brewing Company was founded in Salt Lake City and is known for its passion for brewing award-winning, boutique, full-strength real ales and lagers. Epic opened a second brewery in Denver, Co in 2013. Epic is distributed in the following States: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington D. C, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.