8th Wonder approaches ‘regional’ milestone, expands to San Antonio, Galveston

Houston’s 8th Wonder Brewery has begun selling beer in San Antonio and expects within the next 30 days to be in Galveston.

The moves beyond Beltway 8 coincide with the local craft’s entrance into the category of regional craft brewery, the next step in size beyond "microbrewery."

Brewers Association guidelines describe a regional as one that produces between 15,000 and 6 million barrels annually. The 4 1/2-year-old 8th Wonder is on track to make 15,000 or 16,000 barrels this year, brewmaster and co-founder Aaron Corsi said Wednesday.

As part of the expansion, the Houston craft is being carried in about 20 San Antonio bars and restaurants through Silver Eagle Distributors, Corsi said. H-E-B stores in the Alamo city should have 8th Wonder beers soon.

"We just stuck our toe in San Antonio," Corsi said.

Silver Eagle also handles 8th Wonder in Houston.

Once a contract with Texas City-based Del Papa Distributing has been finalized, 8th Wonder beers will start showing up in Galveston, Baytown and other spots in Del Papa’s Victoria-to-Beaumont distribution zone. Corsi said that expansion is expected to boost sales by 1,500 to 2,000 barrels.

Corsi provided the update during a noontime promotional event ahead of the Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival over Labor Day weekend at Moody Gardens in Galveston. The annual event will feature hundreds of beers from craft breweries.

8th Wonder is one of the sponsors for the 2017 Brewmasters festival as it returns to the island for – of course – the 8th year.

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