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Lucky Town Brewing Co. agrees to terms with contract brewer

September 5th, 2012 No comments

A Jackson area brewery that recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign is starting to put that money to use.

Lucky Town Brewing Co. has purchased a 30-gallon fermenting tank, and has already placed it in craft beer brewery Back Forty Beer Co.’s facility. Based in Gadsden, Ala., Back Forty will brew Lucky Town’s beer on a contract basis. Lucky Town will be responsible for distributing its product. Each full tank will produce 806 gallons of beer, which breaks down to 6,176 pints.

According to a Lucky Town press release, the company will add tanks to Back Forty as distribution grows. Eventually, Lucky Town plans to open its own full-fledged brewing facility somewhere in Metro Jackson.

Lucky Town earlier this year used the online fundraising tool Kickstarter to generate just more than $20,000 to get its operation off the ground.

Contracting with Back Forty helps Lucky Town introduce its product into the market while it works on securing its own facility, and gives the company an idea of how much brewing capacity it will need, based on sales. Whatever equipment Lucky Town has at Back Forty will be moved to the new facility whenever it’s ready. Chip Jones, head of sales, marketing and distribution for Lucky Town, said Wednesday afternoon that Lucky Town having its own facility is still 18 months or so away.

“There’s nothing set in stone, but we’re shooting for early 2014.”

Back Forty will most likely start brewing Lucky Town’s beer by the end of September, Jones said.

Since Mississippi’s new beer laws took effect July, plans for a brewery in Hattiesburg have been unveiled, and breweries whose plans predate beer law reform have advanced rapidly. To go with Lucky Town, Crooked Letter Brewing Co. will start production in Ocean Springs in November.