Long Trail set to buy Otter Creek

Long Trail Brewing Co. announced Monday that it had signed a letter of intent to purchase Otter Creek Brewery. Long Trail CEO Brian Walsh said he hoped to close in about a month.

Walsh said he intends to continue both the Otter Creek and Wolaver’s, a line of organic beers put out by Otter Creek, brands. He does not plan to scale back the distribution of Otter Creek, which is sold in 15 states.

“Some of the states they’re in are the mid-Atlantic region where we’re looking to expand,” he said. “That’s a pretty good synergy right there.”

Walsh said Long Trail produces 76,000 barrels a year and estimated Otter Creek at 25,000 barrels. Both have capacity to grow.