April 26th, 2012
Beer and tech startups go together like… well beer and tech startups
The Oregonian covered Churchkey Can Co—the startup beer company created by former Nike designer Justin Hawkins and actor Adrian “Entourage” Grenier—a while back. But now that Churchkey’s got funding from tech investors—including Michael Arrington‘s CrunchFund—even the tech blogs are taking notice.
The company, cofounded by former Nike designer Justin Hawkins, has just begun distributing the beverages to local stores across the beer-obsessed region. It’s got stiff competition because the Pacific Northwest is full of excellent microbrews. But the unique can, the quality of the beer, the local brewers, the celebrity founder (and investors?) should all give it a good push. Sources, who you’ll have to guess the identities of on your own, say that sales have been brisk so far. Look for it to head south sometime in the coming months.
There’s been surprisingly little press for Churchkey to date (which is what the company apparently wants). But they’ve raised capital from, among others, a number of tech leaders. We’ve heard that executives from Facebook and Zynga, as well as CrunchFund, have put money in to date.
For more on the company, visit Churchkey Can Co (if you’re over 21).