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December 06, 2007 - Yards Distribution Rights Go To Muller Inc.
Ed Friedland, who was a principle in the legal wrangle over Yards Brewing distribution rights confirmed to the Beer Yard this morning that those rights have formally been acquired by Muller Inc.

It's all been worked out," Friedland said. "Yards is happy, Kunda is happy, Origlio is happy, Muller is happy and I'm happy. In fact, the next time you see me, I'll probably be drinking a pint of Yards at the bar."

ORIGINAL STORY 12-5-2007
The distribution rights for Yards Brewing Company now belong to Muller, Inc., a reliable source told The Beer Yard late tonight.

Muller is a Miller Brewing affiliated wholesaler located in Northeast Philadelphia. The story is still unconfirmed but it is an arrangement which had been widely anticipated in local beer circles in recent weeks as the likely next shoe to drop in the series of distribution shakeups in the local market over the past two years.

Yards has been self-distributing since the acquisition of its original wholesaler, Edward I. Friedland, by Kunda Beverage of King of Prussia in 2006. Yards refused to accept the transfer of its rights and claimed that it had always designated first distribution rights to itself. The matter has been in the courts ever since, with Yards winning at each level.

In a deal announced in November, Kunda Beverage's wholesale contracts have all been acquired by Origlio Beverage, the region's largest wholesaler and a Coors house, as of this January.

Yards itself underwent a major change this past summer when co-founder Tom Kehoe split with his partners and set in motion a process which will see the brewery moved from its Kensington plant to a new location on the Delaware River waterfront in January.

How all of this sorts out and whether this move resolves the legal and related issues is not clear at this point. More details will be posted here as they become available.--JACK CURTIN