Australian craft brewer Gage Roads Brewing Co. has posted soaring first-half sales on the back of growing distribution throughout the country.

Gage Roads, which has a distribution agreement with wine giant Hardy Wine Company, said today (9 February) that sales had quadrupled in the six months to 31 December. Sales reached A$1.2m (US$931,000), up 212% on the year. The company gave no first-half profit figures.

"The strategy of building a portfolio of premium craft brewed beers and distributing them throughout the national market is progressing well," said Gage Roads MD Peter Nolin.

Gage Roads has moved into contract brewing for third parties and yesterday announced a deal with fellow craft brewer Oz Brewing.