Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Rochester Mills Expands Distribution in Ohio

Written by  Paul Starr
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Rochester Mills Production Brewery is pleased to announce it has expanded its presence in Northeastern Ohio by partnering with the RL Lipton Distributing Company who will represent the company’s brands in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
“Adding the emerging Ohio craft beer market to our distribution footprint is a vital part of our business model,” said Earl Smith, CEO of Rochester Mills Production Brewery. “Although we have been very careful not to overextend ourselves as we grow, we are now in a position to take our beers to a broader customer base.”

The new market expansion follows a year in which the company grew production by 40% percent, to more than 4,700 barrels.

In addition to all 83 counties in Michigan, Rochester Mills’ beers are now available in 23 counties in Northern Ohio. Continued expansion throughout the Midwest — including deeper penetration throughout the Ohio market and beyond — is also on tap for this year.

RL Lipton Distributing Company will distribute Rochester Mills’ year round portfolio of beers, including Milkshake Stout, Rochester Red Ale, Cornerstone IPA, Pine Knob Pilsner and Lazy Daze Amber Lager in 16 oz. cans and on draft as well as the company’s four rotating seasonal beers, Newton’s ALEchemy, Tongue Tied Cherry Saison, Oktoberfest Celebration Lager and Snow Dazed Winter Ale.


Rochester Mills Beer Co. has been one of the top producing brewpubs in Michigan since it opened in 1998. The pub is a full service restaurant and offers a diverse beer menu with eleven different styles of beer consistently available as well as a number of reoccurring seasonal offerings. The Rochester Mills Production Brewery, brewers of Rochester Mills Beer Co. brands for distribution, began as a startup brewery in Auburn Hills, MI in 2012, quickly becoming one of the top craft beer producers in the state. Their Lagers and Ales packaged in 16oz. aluminum cans are currently featured in grocery stores as well as independent and franchise convenient stores, and specialty beverage merchants statewide. Additionally, their five core brands, which include Milkshake Stout, Pine Knob Pilsner, Lazy Daze Amber Lager, Cornerstone IPA, and Rochester Red Ale, along with four rotating seasonal offerings that now include Newton’s ALEchemy, Tongue Tied Cherry Sasion, Oktoberfest Celebration Lager and Snow Dazed Winter Ale, can be found flowing from more than 1000 taps at bars and restaurants across Michigan and North West Ohio. More information can be found on their website at:

ABOUT R. L. Lipton Distributing, LLC

R.L. Lipton is a beverage wholesaler based in Youngstown, Ohio. They provide outstanding products, quality sales calls, timely deliveries and superior customer service. They carry an extensive selection of craft, imported, and domestic beer. For more information, please visit or contact: 330-629-2337


Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.