Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Hartford, Whalen Insurance Agency Brew Up Success

The Hartford and Whalen Insurance Agency of Northampton, Mass. announced they will offer microbreweries and brewpubs access to a full suite of business insurance solutions that address their unique business needs.

Craft beer, which accounts for about 4 percent of the U.S. beer market, is usually associated with independent local or regional breweries that produce small batches of specialty and traditional beers. They often offer flavors and packaging that set them apart from the mass-produced products made by brewing industry giants. Specifically designed for breweries and brewpubs that make their own beer but may also have both restaurant and manufacturing operations compensation, and equipment breakdown.
the comprehensive program of coverage includes property, general liability, liquor liability, workers

We want to be craft brewers top choice for their insurance protection, said Deborah Bibbins, vice president for Captive & Specialty Programs. Well be working closely with the Whalen Insurance Agency to offer brewers and brewpubs comprehensive insurance coverage tailored to their size and scope whether they are a local restaurant/brewpub or a multi-state distributor so they can focus on what they do best, brewing specialty beers for beer enthusiasts.

Were pleased to be aligned with The Hartford to offer comprehensive insurance customized to the specific needs of the craft beer industry, said Peter Whalen, president of the Whalen Insurance Agency, which has been writing craft brewery business for over twenty years. The Hartfords reputation for quality, financial strength and stability makes it a perfect insurance partner, particularly for breweries and brewpubs with complex exposures.

Whalens experience and expertise in this market positions them as a knowledgeable program administrator, notes Bibbins. Agents have the opportunity to work with Whalen to access this program for their breweries, which will be underwritten by The Hartford.

For more information on The Hartfords Craft Brewery program, contact the program administrator, Whalen Insurance Agency, 71 King Street, Northampton, MA 01060, at 1-800-235-0355 or visit their Web site at

Brokers and agents can also contact Peter Whalen directly via e-mail at

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