Moosehead Breweries has chosen United States Beverage (USB) to handle it beer portfolio in the US due to the “rapid changes” happening in the beer market. 

The privately-owned Canadian craft brewer is switching distribution from its US unit, Moosehead USA, to Connecticut-based USB, it said late last week. The deal, which includes Moosehead's Hop City brands, takes effect from 1 November. 

“Following a thorough review of our US operations, and in light of the rapid changes and evolution taking place in the US beer market, we have decided to build the future of our brands with United States Beverage,” said Andrew Oland, Moosehead's president & CEO. 

He added: “We believe this opportunity with USB will solidify and grow our portfolio in the important United States market.” 

Sales of craft beer in the US rose by 20% in 2013, according to Brewers Association figures. 

In July last year, Moosehead agreed a five-year deal with UK brewer Shepherd Neame to handle its beers in the US and Canada