BRADENTON -- More craft beer enthusiasts will be able to taste Motorworks Brewing's many varieties soon.
Gold Coast Eagle Distributing in Lakewood Ranch will begin distributing the Bradenton brewery's products to several bars and restaurants in Manatee and Sarasota counties.
To celebrate the business partnership, Motorworks Brewing, 1014 Ninth St. W., has plans for a pub crawl Friday among the first seven drinking establishments to carry their brews.
Kristin Martin, Motorworks Brewing's social media director, says they want to make a big splash with the introduction of three beers to the area.
"We want everybody to have a good time and enjoy the beers," Martin said.
The staff and their guests will be riding a bus and greeting bar patrons with gifts and prizes.
"We'll have a lot of swag," Martin said. "People can join the caravan as we travel from pub to pub."
Some of the local establishments also will have door prizes and special offers.
"We're going to have fun and free giveaways," said Ed Smith, owner of Paddywagon Irish Pub, one of the establishments that will have Motorworks Brewing's Indy IPA, Cruiser Kolsch-style and Pit-Crew Porter beers on tap.
He's pleased to add those brews to his lineup of 23 draught and 23 bottled beers.
"They're high-quality craft beers," said Smith, who opened Paddywagon, 4402 E. State Road 64, about a year ago.
Kat Fetzer, manager of the Lost Kangaroo Pub in downtown Bradenton, the last stop on the pub crawl, said they are excited to be part of the event.
"We love to support local breweries," Fetzer said. "And it gives us a variety. We have 39 taps with 16 always in rotation. This gives us more choices."
The pub crawl will highlight Motorworks Brewing as an expanding local business, Paddywagon's Smith said, "and it's a great opportunity to let people from Sarasota know about us as well."
Devyn Dugger, sales director for Gulf Coast Eagle Distributing, agreed the pub crawl will highlight Motorworks' growth.
"Their expansion into distributing their product is not only good because it's a local business," Dugger said, "but because it's good for the local economy.
"We're excited to partner with a great company," he said.
Motorworks' beers will expand Gulf Coast Eagle's list of locally brewed craft beers they now distribute, Dugger said.
Motorworks Brewing is the first full production microbrewery in Bradenton, Martin said.
Owners "Frank and Denise (Tschida) always intended to distribute their beers wider than just locally," she said. "We're starting local, but we are going to distribute throughout the Tampa Bay area, then nationally, and then the world."
When all of the equipment installations are complete, Motorworks will be capable of brewing 65,000 barrels a year.
In operation since February, they have nine brews on tap at their Ninth Street West beer garden, but eventually will have 30, Martin said.
"We also are going to have a canning line for our beers," she said. "This will allow people to purchase our beers off the shelf at retail stores."
Until then, Denise Tschida wants everyone to come to the pub crawl and have fun.
"It should be wonderful being at the different establishments," she said. "Each one will be given a hand-carved tap handle with the brewers' signatures on the back."
Tschida also said Motorworks has another surprise for the establishments who are carrying their beers.
"But they'll have to wait 60 to 90 days to find out what it is," she said.