HICKORY, North Carolina – June 11, 2012 – In an amazing display of camaraderie among North Carolina brewers, Howard Brewing Company has agreed to produce a number of batches for the Skull Coast Brewing Company, Inc. (“Skull Coast”) in order to distribute a limited number of kegs to some of its most loyal accounts and customers, and give Skull Coast the opportunity to retain its presence at Bank of America Stadium during Carolina Panther home games for the upcoming season.
For the past two years, Carolina Panther fans have been able to enjoy Skull Coast beers at one of its two designated kiosks located within Bank of America Stadium. When unforeseen construction delays of Skull Coast’s new brewery in Hickory, NC, jeopardized the ability of Skull Coast to supply thirsty Panther fans, Howard Brewing came to the rescue and offered Skull Coast the opportunity to brew on its new 15bbl system in Lenoir, NC.
“When Dave Fox contacted me and we discussed the situation I felt compelled to look very seriously at this project between Howard Brewing and Skull Coast. With the craft beer movement in North Carolina gaining momentum and the opportunity to have a platform like Bank of America Stadium, where mass produced American light lagers have historically been the only real choice for beer drinkers, I felt that it would be terrible if Skull Coast (or any of us craft brewers) lost even one tap handle due to not being able to produce. I am really excited about these beers we’re going to help produce and an ongoing relationship between the two breweries,” said Jason Howard.
While Howard Brewing Company’s facility is not yet complete, Howard has moved up their opening timetable so that Skull Coast could begin brewing in Lenoir to output kegs before the first preseason Carolina Panthers game. “We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Jason Howard and Howard Brewing,” said Dave Fox. “Without Jason’s incredible offer to begin brewing on their system, we would have surely lost Bank of America Stadium. We can only hope to repay them somehow in the near future for this incredible opportunity to hopefully continue to provide thirsty Panther fans with Skull Coast beers this season!”
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