Wirtz, AleSmith partner

Wirtz Beverage Illinois has partnered with AleSmith Brewing Co.

This partnership will bolster Wirtz's fast-growing portfolio of craft beers. As of Aug. 31, Wirtz is AleSmith's distributor in 52 Illinois counties, including the Chicago metroland area.

“AleSmith has been producing some of the most awarded and respected beers in the U.S. for more than 20 years,” Amy Abraham, Wirtz Beverage Illinois Craft Beer sales director, said. “It is an honor to partner with a brewery of this caliber and we’re eager to bring Peter and Vicky Zien’s craft beers into Illinois.”

 AleSmith sales director James Valles agreed.

"This is an important strategic partnership for AleSmith and we look forward to working closely with Wirtz Beverage in growing distribution and volume in the Chicago area,” Valles said. “Adding Wirtz Beverage to our distributor network completes the build out of our footprint within the state of Illinois.”

Founded in 1995, AleSmith Brewing Company is a San Diego based artisanal craft brewery that specializes in handcrafted ales inspired by the European classics. To celebrate its 20th year in production, AleSmith will open a 105,500 square foot state-of-the-art brewery, featuring a new 80-barrel brew system and larger tasting room.

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