CBA is releasing its Kona beers into Canada

CBA is releasing its Kona beers into Canada

Craft Brew Alliance is set to roll out beers from its Hawaiian unit, Kona Brewing Co, into Canada. 

The Oregon-headquartered group, which is 32%-owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, said its Kona beers will be released initially in British Columbia stores later this month. An off-trade launch in Alberta will follow on 1 December.

Both provinces will get Kona's beers on draught from “early January”, the company added. The brews being made available in Canada will be Big Wave Golden Ale, Fire Rock Pale Ale, and the newest release to its core line-up, Castaway IPA. 

"This marks the first time the Hawaiian brewer will have both on- and off-premise distribution in Canada," CBA said. Distribution will be through Beerthirst. 

Last week, CBA reported that its nine-month net profits had nearly doubled off a 13% rise in sales.