Less than two weeks ahead of its first anniversary, the Cobra Brewing Co. of Lewisville has signed with Favorite Brands DFW for distribution of their products throughout north Texas.
Brewery co-founder Neil MacCuish said the decision to enter into the agreement simply stems from a desire to gain more exposure outside of Cobra’s home city and “to take the business to the next level.”
As for Favorite Brands take on the partnership, Samantha LaMantia, social media/events coordinator for Favorite, forwarded the following statement:
We are thrilled to welcome Cobra Brewing Company into the Favorite Brands family! Their evolving beer list is an exciting addition to our portfolio. As this is our first brewery within the DFW Metroplex, we regard the addition as a significant progression for our company. We cannot wait to share a glass of Cobra beer with DFW…and the rest of Texas.
Favorite Brands’ initial deliveries will be to draft accounts, with kegs of Hoppy Dazed IPA, Best Mistake Stout and Dawn of the Dank expected to roll out before the end of the year. Dawn of the Dank, incidentally, will be released with a slightly new formulation designed to increase the ABV of the imperial IPA from 8.5 to 10.5 percent. That beer, along with Best Mistake Stout and the seasonal Angry Leprechaun, will also find its way into 22-ounce bombers targeted to arrive at retail in the February to March time frame. Other beers will follow based on demand and production needs.
Leading up to this, Cobra will upgrade their brew kettle and add more fermenters to boost supply. The upgrades will double the brewery’s current capacity and enable them to brew 10-barrel batches. This, MacCuish notes, was a necessary move if for no other reason than the fact that they’ve already sold the beer currently in production.
Cobra will hold an anniversary celebration at the brewery on Saturday, Dec. 20. At least 11 beers will be on tap, including a Hazelnut Coffee Porter and rum barrel-aged editions of Hoppy Dazed IPA and Nitemare Before Xmas. They’ll also serve an anniversary brew called The Kitchen Sink. The beer is an imperial stout boasting an ABV of between 13-14 percent, which is brewed with vanilla beans and cocoa nibs soaked in bourbon from the neighboring Witherspoon Distillery.