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Posted on November 11, 2015 by NYCBG
Florida’s J. Wakefield Brewing is hitting the NYC market this weekend, and they’re doing it in style with launch parties at Tørst and Blind Tiger.
The Miami-based brewery opened its doors to the public in January 2015 after a record-breaking crowdfunding campaign on CrowdBrewed. The overwhelming success of the campaign was due in large part to Owner and Brewmaster Jonathan Wakefield’s presence in the craft beer community and successes as a home brewer.
After receiving a Mr. Beer home brew kit as a gift in 2005, Wakefield was bitten by the brew bug. He eventually landed an internship at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, and after winning multiple home brew competitions, his reputation as a brewer with a unique approach to craft beer took off.
With an established reputation, Wakefield decided it was time to scale up his brewing operation and go pro. In 2014, his CrowdBrewed campaign hit the goal of $55,000 within 30 hours of launch, and went on to raise a record-breaking $110,000. Since opening J. Wakefield Brewing earlier this year, their beers have been wildly popular on online beer rating sites RateBeer and Beer Advocate and in high demand. The brewery is known for making excellent Berliner Weisse variations, such as Dragon Fruit/Passion Fruit Berliner Weisse.
We had a chance to speak with Mr. Wakefield over the phone about the brewery’s plans to expand distribution to NYC, and how they plan to keep up with growing demand. Initially, the brewery has sent 100 kegs to the NYC market, 20 of which are being allocated to the opening parties this weekend (details on those below). The remaining 80 kegs will be distributed to other craft beer bars throughout the city. J. Wakefield Brewing plans to send more kegs as often as possible, with the intention of continuing 100-keg deliveries once per month, if not more frequently. The deliveries will include special releases in addition to their year-round offerings.
Wakefield let us know that the brewery is in the process of installing new tanks, which will triple their production capacity. They are currently hitting around 1,800 barrels per year. With the new tanks, they should be able to hit 5,000 barrels next year. The increased production volume will ensure that they are able to keep up with demand as they expand into new markets.
Jonathan Wakefield will be in NYC this weekend to celebrate the NYC rollout at Tørst and Blind Tiger, but first, he’ll be making a stop at Captain Lawrence to brew a collaboration beer (a Berliner Weisse with NY apples). We’ll let you know release details for that when they are available, because it sounds amazing.
Image credit: Miami New Times
Nyc bound, blind tiger and torst tap takeovers next weekend. pic.twitter.com/QwepSxsLjR
— J. Wakefield Brewing (@JWBrewing) November 4, 2015
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