GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO--(Marketwired - September 27, 2016) - Today, North Coast Brewing Co. and MicroStar Logistics celebrate nearly 20 years of collaboration by announcing a long-term extension of their ongoing partnership. As a Certified B Corporation, North Coast strongly values the reduction in their greenhouse gas emissions achieved by using MicroStar's industry-leading pool of kegs.

"Nearly two decades ago we got in touch with this little company called MicroStar who wanted to help brewers collaborate by pooling kegs rather than each brewer owning their own," said Mark Ruedrich, North Coast's Co-Founder and President. "Little did either of us know the journey we had ahead of us and the positive impact we could have on the environment. In the process, we've enjoyed the other benefits MicroStar's unique business model delivers including fewer headaches, more efficiencies, and incredible flexibility compared to what we would have to deal with if we chose to go it alone."

"We're proud to support a company like North Coast, one of our very first customers, which not only brews some of our favorite beers, but is committed to making a broader impact on their community including their support of jazz,'" says MicroStar's President and CEO, Michael Hranicka. "Additionally, while many companies talk about a commitment to sustainability, it's rare to see companies act as true stewards of the environment. North Coast is one of those rare companies that back up their mission to 'Make the World a Better Place, One Pint at a Time' and helped inspire us to build sustainable practices into the core of our business."

By choosing MicroStar instead of owning their own kegs, North Coast and the community of ~500 MicroStar customers have collectively reduced their carbon footprint by over 3 million kg CO2e in the past 12 months alone, based on an analysis by Dr. John Heckman of thinkstep (formerly PE International), a leading sustainability consulting firm. That is equivalent to saving the amount of CO2e emitted by burning over 3 million pounds of coal.

About North Coast Brewing Co

A pioneer in the Craft Beer movement, North Coast Brewing Company opened in 1988 as a local brewpub in the historic town of Fort Bragg, located on California's Mendocino Coast. Under the leadership of President & Co-Founder Mark Ruedrich, the brewery has developed a strong reputation for quality having won more than 100 awards in national and international competitions. North Coast's exceptional beers are available in 48 states now and also are exported to Europe and the Pacific Rim. Learn more about their sustainability initiatives at

About MicroStar

Founded in 1996 and based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, MicroStar Logistics is the leading diversified keg solutions provider. MicroStar's Keg Management division leverages two pools of kegs -- KegCraft-branded kegs for midsize, regional brewers and MicroStar-branded kegs for large, national brewers -- to deliver cost-effective outsourced keg solutions. MicroStar's Quality Services division, formerly a Tosca company, is the leading keg repair and maintenance operation helping to maintain the quality and lengthen the lifespans of some of the largest keg fleets in the world. For additional information, visit

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