Galician brewery Hijos de Rivera, which last year took a 32% stake in Irish craft beer producer O’Hara’s, is set to launch its products in Brazil, report the Irish Times.
Ignacio Rivera, who leads the family-owned business, told the Irish Times the brewery is also collaborating with O’Hara’s on a new Celtic beer.
“O’Hara’s is selling very well in Spain and we are very happy with its success. It is also on sale in Portugal and will be available in Brazil in a couple of months,” he said.
“Brazilian people are very curious about new beers and the craft phenomenon is growing. It is a good time to introduce new beers to the market,” Rivera added.
Established in 1906, Hijos de Rivera has a 6% share of the Spanish beer market. It is most well known for Estrella Galicia beer and Maeloc Cider.
The brewery, which distributes its drinks worldwide, reportedly first struck up a relationship with O’Hara’s parent, the Carlow Brewery Company, three years ago. It formally took a stake in the brewery in April 2017 for an undisclosed sum.
Carlow Brewing Company last year acquired Craigies Cider, and will add the Irish craft cider brand to its own growing portfolio of brands which includes O’Hara’s Irish craft beers and Falling Apple Irish craft cider.
The sale includes Craigies cider production equipment, which will enable Carlow Brewing Company to bring all cider production in-house to the Bagenalstown based microbrewery this year, and facilitate support of local apple growers and producers.
Carlow Brewing Company has been in existence for over 20 years and is Ireland’s leading craft beer producer.
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