Lonerider Brewing expands distribution

Lonerider Brewing is significantly expanding its distribution territory over the next two months.

The Raleigh-based brewery is citing increased demand for its beers and a booming craft beer market as the reasons behind expanding its distribution to Maryland, the District of Columbia, Tennessee and Virginia. The company will distribute beers to bars and grocery stores in those states.

CEO Sumit Vohra said that Lonerider brewed 13,500 barrels of beer last year, up from 11,000 in 2012 and a mere 700 barrels in 2009 — its first year in business.

“We have definitely come where we are very quickly,” Vohra said.

Vohra anticipates that beer shipments can expand another 75 percent or so in 2014 thanks to its new distribution territories.

Up to now, Lonerider beers have been available in three states: North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

Beers brewed by the 25-employee company include Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen, Sweet Josie Brown Ale and Palemaker Pale Ale.

In March Lonerider plans to take its first crack at an India Pale Ale, which it will call Addie’s Revenge, Vohra said. Addie’s Revenge initially will be a “limited distribution” product, but it could become one of the brewery’s core brews if it catches on.