Brown Dist. Gets 'Best' Award

The Brewers Association and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) announce Saturday that Brown Distributing Company, based in West Palm Beach, Fla. has been named the 2012 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year. The Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award, now in its sixth year, recognizes the beer distributor who does the most to… Read More…

Artisanal Picks Up SBS Brands

Artisanal Imports of Austin, TX announced today the acquisition of the USA brand importing rights held by SBS Imports of Seattle, WA. Artisanal will now be the exclusive U.S. importer of Aspall Cyders from Suffolk, England; Batemans Ales from Lincolshire, England; Bellegems Bruin from the Bockor Brewery in Bellegem, Belgium; and the De Proef Brewmaster’s… Read More…

NBWA in SD Oct. 14th-17th

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) Annual Convention will take place in San Diego October 14 – 17, 2012. The conference will cover issues effecting beer distributors and the industry, and demo new technologies and sample new products during the Product Demonstration Showcase. Twenty-one education seminars taught by the industry’s leading experts round out the… Read More…

Yard House to Sell

Darden Restaurants Inc., owners of Red Lobster and Olive Garden, announced that they will acquire the Yard House restaurant chain for $585 million in cash. Yard House, which is based in Irvine, Calif., is owned by the private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners and other investors. The deal is expected to close by November. The… Read More…

Major Brands is Heading for Miami

The St. Louis-based spirits and beer distributor Major Brands has reached a deal with Anheuser-Busch to buy Eagle Brands, A-B’s directly owned distributorship in Miami. Florida law required that AB relinquish its majority ownership in its Miami branch and AB has been looking for a suitable buyer. The agreement gives the wholesaler a new territory,… Read More…

OH Consolidation – Hill to Sell to Heidelberg

Central Ohio’s oldest beer distributorship, Hill Distributing Co. may soon sell. Cincinnati-based Heidelberg Distributing Co. announced yesterday that it had an agreement in place to buy the Columbus distributor founded by Charlie Hill in May 1933, a month after the end of Prohibition. Hill is an “all-other” house selling some heritage domestic brands, a few… Read More…

SWS Buys Out Odom

Southern Wine & Spirits announced that they will buy the balance of Odom Corp out of the two companies’ distribution joint-venture. The deal ends three years of co-operation between the two firms in the states of Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Wyoming and Utah. SWS is about to open a 350,000-square-foot distribution center in the… Read More…

AB May Lose Distrib. in IL

From the Chicago Tribune; Anheuser-Busch Cos.’ attempt to gain more control over its distribution in Illinois has taken a twist that could burn the beer giant. The Illinois Liquor Control Commission is considering whether Anheuser-Busch should have to divest its 30 percent ownership of Chicago-based City Beverage, one of the country’s largest beer wholesalers, which… Read More…

AB Buys Distrib in Oregon

Anheuser-Busch InBev has reached a deal with St. Louis-based Major Brands to buy back an Oregon beer distributorship that it sold less than three years ago. The agreement will return ownership of Western Beverage Co. in Eugene, Ore., to A-B InBev within the next two months, confirmed Tony Short, who leads Major Brands’ beer division…. Read More…

KL Sells to King

K&L Distributors of Renton, WA announced that it will sell its regional beer wholesaling business to King Beverage of Spokane in January. K&L Distributors in Alaska is not part of the deal. The deal will roughly double King Beverage’s annual distribution to about 12 million cases.