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Buoy Beer Company Signs on for Distribution with Maletis Beverage

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Pictured (Left to Right): Kevin Shaw (Buoy Beer), Tim Kennedy (Maletis), Rob Maletis Jr. (Maletis), Jerome Chicvara (Maletis), David Kroening (Buoy Beer), Luke Colvin (Buoy Beer)

Pictured (Left to Right): Kevin Shaw (Buoy Beer), Tim Kennedy (Maletis), Rob Maletis Jr. (Maletis), Jerome Chicvara (Maletis), David Kroening (Buoy Beer), Luke Colvin (Buoy Beer)

One of the best new Oregon breweries of 2014, Buoy Beer Company signs on for distribution with Maletis Beverage. Thank god we will now be able to find this award-winning Astoria-based brewery’s beers in Portland, Salem and southwest Washington.

“We have had a busy and exciting year here in Astoria,” said Buoy Beer co-founder David Kroening. “We’ve been focusing on producing solid, balanced beers that we like to drink, and it’s exciting to see that a lot of people are enjoying our beer with us–and all the credit goes to our brew team for that. Maletis does great work with a fantastic reputation and we’re excited to partner with them to get our beer out more efficiently to a larger area in the coming months.”


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“This partnership with Maletis is very exciting because it will allow us to expand from the coast and get our beers into the beer mecca that is Portland. Maletis has great relationships with retailers and we look forward to working with them to bring our beers to the thirsty consumers in the northwest,” said Buoy Beer Co. Head Brewer Kevin Shaw, a 20+ year veteran of northwest brewing.

Buoy Beer Company brews on a 20-BBL Metalcraft Fabrication (Portland, OR) brew house for its main-line of European Style Lagers and NW Ales. It also brews on a Portland Kettle Works (Portland, OR) 3-BBL pilot system for specialty beers served in its taproom and restaurant.

“Buoy’s award winning beer continues the tradition of recognizing great brewers from Oregon’s beautiful North Coast. Buoy’s waterfront location in Astoria, where the Pacific Ocean meets the Columbia River, is one of our country’s greatest natural wonders and our sales team will help bring a bit of that experience to thousands of retailers in Oregon and SW Washington. We are thrilled to be partnering with the team at Buoy Beer Company and look forward to expanding the availability of their beers to craft enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest,” noted Rob Maletis, Owner of Maletis Beverage.

About Buoy Beer Company: Founded in 2013, Buoy Beer focuses on brewing traditionally made European style lagers and Northwest influenced ales, always keeping an emphasis on balance. The brewery, taproom and restaurant is located in Astoria, OR in a 90-year old former Fish Cannery on pilings in the Columbia River, making for the perfect place to enjoy a pint at the end of a hard day’s work or a relaxing day off. For more information see our website or social media: @buoybeer &

About Maletis Beverage: Maletis Beverage is a fourth generation, family owned and operated beverage distributorship servicing the greater Portland and Southwest Washington areas. The company was recently honored with the Craft Beer Distributor Recognition Award by the Brewers Association, which recognizes beer distributors that go above and beyond to market, promote and sell craft beer. Founded in 1935, Maletis Beverage is proudly celebrating its 80th anniversary.

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