Fast-Growing Miami Craft Brewery Partners with Craft Brew Alliance to Meet Demand Across Home State of Florida

Strategic Partnership with Wynwood Brewing Co. Expands CBA’s
Portfolio of Strong Regional Craft Brands into High-Growth Beer State
with Core Hispanic Demographic

Breweries’ Collaboration IPA Wins Gold at Top Latin American Beer

Brew Alliance, Inc.
(Nasdaq:BREW) and Wynwood
Brewing Company
, an award-winning craft brewery based in the heart
of Miami’s vibrant Wynwood Art District, announced today their intent to
enter a strategic partnership. Through the partnership, Wynwood Brewing
Co. would gain access to CBA’s state-of-the-art production capabilities
and regional sales and marketing infrastructure, with a focus on meeting
increased demand throughout the craft brewer’s home state of Florida.
Additionally, under the terms of the partnership agreement, CBA would
take a minority 24.5% stake in Wynwood Brewing Co., which will enable
the pioneering Miami craft brewery to expand its local production
brewery and tap room.

Founded by Luis Brignoni and his father Luis Brignoni Sr. (“Pops”),
Wynwood Brewing Co. is deeply rooted in its founders’ Puerto Rican
heritage and namesake neighborhood, Wynwood. The neighborhood is
renowned as one of the most vibrant and artistic communities in the
country and attracts artists and influencers from around the world. The
brewery has doubled its production every year since it released its
first beers in 2013, drawing inspiration from its location within
Miami’s thriving local and international art hub.

“We’ve been vocal about finding the right strategic partners in the
right geographies to expand CBA’s distinctive portfolio that combines
fast-growing national brands like Kona Brewing Co. with strong regional
craft breweries,” said Andy Thomas, chief executive officer, CBA. “With
Wynwood, we’re able to round out our portfolio of exceptional craft
brands in the east, which includes our partners Appalachian Mountain
Brewery in North Carolina and Nantucket Island-based Cisco Brewers in
New England. We’re looking forward to helping the great team at Wynwood
bring more of their special brand, steeped in Puerto Rican culture and a
love of great beer, to more beer lovers throughout Florida.”

“Our success over the past several years hasn’t come without its
challenges, and we’re now at a turning point if we want to fully satisfy
our growing customer base,” said Luis G. Brignoni, co-founder, Wynwood
Brewing Co. “While exploring our options, we wanted to find a way to
meet demand without sacrificing creative control over our day to day.
Meeting the team at CBA made our next step forward so much clearer. Not
only are they serious experts at craft brewing and marketing, they have
an amazing track record nurturing family-founded brewers such as Kona
Brewing Co. as well as newer partnerships like Appalachian Mountain
Brewery. My father and I are really excited about the opportunities this
partnership will create for our loyal staff, customers and accounts, who
can look forward to many more years of great Wynwood beers.”

As Miami’s first craft production brewery, Wynwood Brewing Co. operates
a 15-barrel brew house and tap room. The brewery’s core
includes La Rubia Blonde Ale, Wynwood IPA, Magic City Pale
Ale, and Pops Porter, which earned a gold medal at the 2014 Great
American Beer Festival, along with a rotation of creative seasonal and
limited-release beers.

Wynwood Brewing Company and Craft Brew Alliance met through the Startup
Brewery Challenge, a unique business pitch competition created by
Brewbound with the help of CBA and Widmer Brothers Brewing to foster
business growth of emerging craft brewers. As a Startup Brewery
Challenge winner, Wynwood’s founders and brewmaster traveled to Portland
to brew a collaboration beer with CBA’s Innovation Brewing Team, and
during that trip it became clear that the Brignonis’ aspirations for
their company aligned with CBA’s strategic partnership model. The
collaboration beer, known as the Portland Cuddle, won best overall IPA
and Gold in the Specialty IPA category at the Copa Cervezas de America,
the most important beer competition in Latin America, this past October.

Wynwood Brewing Company is CBA’s third partnership forged as part of the
company’s strategy to expand the Alliance with distinctive, storied
craft breweries in key beer geographies. CBA partners are able to
leverage the company’s national brewing footprint and sales and
marketing infrastructure, while retaining ownership of their brands and
dedicating more resources to support their home markets. CBA and
Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB) partnered in 2014 to expand the
Boone, N.C. brewery across its home state. With the partnership, CBA
invested in a canning line at its Portsmouth brewery, which has helped
support AMB’s growth from 1,000 barrels to more than 6,000 barrels in
less than two years. CBA’s second partnership with Cisco Brewers in 2015
has enabled the Nantucket Island brewery to expand production of its
core portfolio in CBA’s Portsmouth brewery and grow volume across their
home market of Massachusetts.

About Wynwood Brewing Company

Wynwood Brewing Company’s mission is simple: To create the best possible
brews for their patrons to enjoy. Every day, you can spot someone with
spray-paint can in hand ready to create a work of art in the vibrant
Wynwood neighborhood. Much like those artists, Wynwood Brewing is
committed to creating a work of art in every glass by making great bold
beers that have character and are uniquely Wynwood. Their brands take
anywhere from 2-6 weeks to be finished. However, they do have some
barrel-aged products that take up to 9 months to be completed. WBCo is
also committed to creating a strong community by supporting local
partners and neighbors, as well as local charities in the neighborhood
of Wynwood. For more information, go to

About Craft Brew Alliance

CBA is a leading craft brewing company that brews, brands and markets
some of the world’s most respected and best-loved American craft beers.
We are home to three of the earliest pioneers in craft beer: Redhook Ale
Brewery, Washington’s largest craft brewery founded in 1981; Widmer
Brothers Brewing, Oregon’s largest craft brewery founded in 1984; and
Kona Brewing Company, Hawaii’s oldest and largest craft brewery founded
in 1994. As part of Craft Brew Alliance, these craft brewing legends
have expanded their reach across the U.S. and approximately 30
international markets.

In addition to growing and nurturing distinctive brands rooted in local
heritage, Craft Brew Alliance is committed to developing innovative new
category leaders, such as Omission Beer, which is the #1 beer in the
gluten-free beer segment, and Square Mile Cider, a tribute to the early
American settlers who purchased the first plots of land in the Pacific

Publicly traded on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol BREW, Craft Brew
Alliance is headquartered in Portland, OR and operates five breweries
and five pub restaurants across the U.S. For more information about CBA
and its brands, please visit


Craft Brew Alliance
Jenny McLean, 503-331-7248
Brewing Company
Dina Allende, 305-205-1058