Deschutes Brewery, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is looking to move into the Ohio market in 2014.
There have been plenty of recent rumors about the Oregon brewer coming to the Buckeye State. And the speculation is well-founded.
"Our fans in Ohio have been asking us to bring our beers there for many years," Jeff Billingsley, marketing director for Deschutes, said in a statement. " While nothing is definitive yet, we do have our eye on expanding there next year."
The award-winning and well-respected brewery began as a brewpub in downtown Bend and later opened a second pub in Portland and a production brewery. It's now the fifth largest craft brewery in the U.S. and ranked by Ratebeer.com as the 67th best brewer in the world. Its best-selling beers include its flagship Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale.
Deschutes is available in 21 states and two Canadian provinces. Last week, the brewery was named one of America’s Best Places to Work in 2013 by Outside Magazine.