Columbia Distributing Signs Almanac and Crooked Stave

almanac beer'

Columbia Distributing has bolstered its portfolio of craft offerings, signing agreements with two high-end beer makers from California and Colorado.

The MillerCoors-aligned wholesaler, which operates branches in Oregon and Washington, today announced it has signed distribution agreements with Almanac Beer Co. and Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project for coverage throughout the Pacific Northwest. Beginning this week (and just in time for the Craft Brewers Conference in Portland) Columbia will distribute Crooked Stave beers throughout Oregon and Almanac beers throughout both Oregon and Washington.

Crooked Stave and Almanac, which both specialize in small-batch, barrel-aged, and sour offerings, are located in Denver, Colo. and San Francisco, Calif. respectively.

Though the two companies have established themselves as smaller, niche-players, Columbia – which currently sells craft brands from the likes of Lagunitas, Stone, and Boston Beer – serves more than 20,000 retail accounts across more than 135,000 sq. miles in Oregon and Washington.

Nevertheless, Almanac co-founder and brewmaster Jesse Friedman wasn’t deterred by the size of his company’s newest wholesale partner.

“There aren’t a lot of other breweries focusing on the same things we are and we know there is demand for Almanac,” he said. “We wanted someone who really understands the local beer market, sells other great brands, and above all else, respects quality and customer service. We found that in Columbia.”

For Crooked Stave, the launch was made possible by a recent expansion with the installation of six new 50-hectoliter fermenters at its Barrel Cellar, which allowed the company to begin focusing on extending its reach out of state.

Brewbound Job Board

The leading job board for the beer industry. Featuring hundreds of jobs from leading breweries and associated companies.

Brewbound Marketplace Listing

The Brewbound Marketplace features listings for equipment, services, and more. Post a listing today.

Brewbound's Database of Breweries

Brewbound's database of breweries includes thousands of breweries from around the world.

Cannabis Forum Summer 2019

New York, NY ● June 14, 2019

Register Now
Brew Talks GABF 2019

Denver, CO ● October 4, 2019

Register Now
Brewbound Live Winter 2019

Santa Monica, CA ● Dec. 4 + 5, 2019

Early Registration Open
Brewbound Podcast

The Brewbound Podcast features interviews with beer industry executives and entrepreneurs, along with highlights and commentary from the weekly news. New episodes every Thursday.