DeCrescente Distributing Co. (DDC) has become the exclusive distributor of Shmaltz Brewing Co.’s award-winning core beers, as well as their special releases throughout the Capital Region.
DDC will distribute all draft and package versions of Shmaltz’s core beers, including their flagship Hop Manna IPA, a heavily dry hopped and unfiltered American IPA; Messiah Brown Ale, an American brown ale; Slingshot Lager, a dry hopped American craft lager; Hop Momma IPA, a New England-style IPA brewed with peach, apricot and a hint of habanero; and 518 Craft Foggy Goggles, a New England-style IPA.
“Shmaltz fits a unique niche in this market, having been brewed in Saratoga County since 2003,” said Russ Teplitzky, general manager at DDC. “Their award-winning selection and fun brand personality are a great addition to our world class craft beer portfolio.”
In addition to teaming up with DDC, Shmaltz recently transitioned all packaging into cans. There will be a limited release of Jewbelation 22 Anniversary Ale, a brown ale; No Shtick, a New England-style double IPA; and R.I.P.A. Rye Double IPA, brewed with malts and hops in 16-ounce cans for the first time.
Shmaltz also has plans to release in the spring a rare barrel-aged series called the Funky Blender.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join the DeCrescente family of breweries and to work with the premier beverage distributor in our home market,” said Jeremy Cowan, owner and founder of Shmaltz Brewing Co. “From my favorite craft beer bars and gastropubs to the many beverage centers and chain accounts throughout the Capital Region, I am very confident that DDC, with their passion for craft, their experience and expertise, can service everyone across this craft beer market and put our best laid plans into action. I’m both grateful and excited to work with them to grow our Shmaltz Brewing and 518 Craft brands.”
In July 2018, Shmaltz opened 518 Craft, a new bar and tasting room in downtown Troy. In late February, Shmaltz will open a second tasting room at The Comedy Works on Broadway in Saratoga Springs.
For more information regarding Shmaltz’s core lineup of products, visit www.gotbeer.com/beer-finder.
DeCrescente Distributing Co. is a fourth-generation beverage distributor, family owned and operated since 1948. DDC was awarded Best Places to Work in the Capital Region for nine consecutive years and employs more than 400 people. For more information visit www.ddcbev.com.
Cowan established Shmaltz Brewing in San Francisco in 1996. The first 100 cases of He’brew Beer were hand-bottled and delivered throughout the Bay Area from the back of his Grandmother’s Volvo. Shmaltz Brewing now sells across 30 states, through 40 wholesalers and in nearly 5,000 retailers.