5 Rabbit Brewery (Chicago, IL) just announced they are expanding distribution to Ohio. I had a great conversation with Issac Showaki about the move and the future.
The brewery initially started distributing to Cook County, Illinois. That covered most of the metro area. In December, 2011 5 Rabbit tacked on the suburbs. Starting this week, the whole state of Ohio will start receiving 5 Vulture, and 5 Rabbit. 5 Lizard and a new offering will arrive in Ohio in May. But wait! What about the rest of the home state of Illinois? Issac tells me that the timing to enter Ohio through Cavalier Distributing was right, so they jumped at the chance. The rest of Illinois will get 5 Rabbit’s tasty lineup by the end of this summer.
5 Rabbit is in the process of building a full scale production brewery. The 30BBL brewhouse will be open by the end of the summer on Chicago’s south side. The first year of production, Isaac expects to do about 4,000 barrels. The facility could produce just shy of 40,000.