East Drinks West Inc.
Bringing West Coast Craft Beer, Spirits & Sodas to Asia. EDW創立在2013年,我們 致力於在亞洲推廣精釀啤酒及手工釀 造工藝,歡迎與我們一同品嘗美式精 釀的精神!
Started in 2013, East Drinks West is dedicated to spreading the passion for craft beer, craft spirits, and artisanal sodas throughout Asia.
Distribution is something we take serious at East Drinks West… because we want the quality and flavor to be just as good when it reaches our customers, as it would be served back in North America. The best part about bringing our enormous hop centric West Coast ales to Asia is maintaining that big hop character right until it reaches your glass. This is why we love this industry.. and why we do everything we can to maintain that freshness for you.
It is truly a wonderful time to be a craft brewer, with double digit sales growth in the craft beer category, and North Americans drinking more craft beer than some well known North American macro lagers. This being said, the landscape has never been more competitive, with smaller craft brewers competing with national craft breweries for valuable, yet finite shelf space and limited tap handles. Limited access and attention from local distributors, narrowing sales prospects, and the increased efforts of international breweries to compete in the craft market only paint a more difficult outlook for newer breweries to get their product into the hands of the public. The fact is that as craft beer becomes more and more popular, the harder it is going to be to compete on the national level.
Enter foreign markets. The craft beer movement is not just limited to North American soil. Many breweries, brewpubs, bottle shops and beer festivals exist in the Pan-Asia and Latin American markets, and growth economies combined with a zeitgeist that looks to America for inspiration has created a massive market opportunity for American craft brewers and distillers. For example, a craft beer festival in Hong Kong sold 6000 tickets (prior year sold 1000), with North American, as well as local, beers being the focus of the event. We hosted our first art and craft beer festival in 2014, called Exposure, with almost 5000 attendees, 10-12 craft beer vendors, selling out every drop of beer that entered the grounds, ending the event almost an hour before it was intended.
Since 2014 EDW has expanded it’s portfolio with a major focus on quality control and branding. With new partners being added to our portfolio every year. We have carefully added breweries we are proud of having a part of our team, giving them 110% of our attention from the moment we team up.
Refrigerated Warehouse Space in our Brewery
We have built our own refrigerated warehouse space, to ensure products are cold chained from the minute they are in our hands, and remain at 2-4 degrees Celsius until they reach the consumer, our local craft beer lover. This way we can make sure that our customers get the freshest products possible.
An unbroken cold chain is an uninterrupted series of storage and distribution activities which maintain a given temperature range. It is used to help extend and ensure the shelf life of products such as fresh agricultural produce, seafood, frozen food, photographic film, chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs.
We only use refrigerated delivery service door to door!
Taiwanese Market Facts
Taiwan’s beer market increased to 517 million liters (137 million gallons) in 2013, with imports accounting for 28% of the market.
At present, craft beer holds less than 1% market share of the Taiwanese beer market, but is expected to grow nearly 30% in volume in 2015.
In 2013 alone, 148,967,000 liters of beer were imported to Taiwan. Beer is Taiwan’s most popular alcoholic beverage.
Taiwan consumers, especially those in urban areas, are familiar with the American culture, and the “Made in America” aspect of craft beer and spirits is a product benefit.
According to the Brewers Association Export Development Program, craft beer exports to Asia-Pacific increased 74% in 2012-2013, exports to Hong Kong increased 150%, and exports to Singapore increased 379%. Exports to Western Europe increased 46% and exports to Brazil increased 12%.