Oregon — GDI (General Distributors Inc.) is proud to announce Modern Times Beer as their newest supplier partner.
“We are honored to introduce Modern Times to the Portland Market. It’s been almost a year to the day that Jacob and I first met and was introduced to their mind blowing beers” states Steve “Tiny” Irwin, GDI COO. “The whole lineup is stellar and is a perfect fit for the GDI portfolio. Portland is fortunate to now have access to these beers.”
Having had a long-standing affinity for both the culture and beer scene in PDX, Modern Times has had its eye on the region for quite some time, and is incredibly excited to have found a partner who both shares their passion for craft beer and understands their unique identity within the market.
In the words of Modern Times CEO & Founder, Jacob McKean, “We’re stoked out of our frickin’ gourds to begin distributing in Oregon. From its innumerable kickass brewers to its world class bars and restaurants to the outstandingly dank hops grown in the Willamette Valley, Oregon is one of the best places for beer and brewing on the planet, and we’re thrilled to have a totally plausible sounding business justification for visiting more often. We’re sending our rarest and most drool-worthy beers–most of which have never left our tasting room–to Oregon for our launch week events, so it’ll be super fun to party with our patient fans up there. This is truly the start of something beautiful.”
Look for their award-winning portfolio of complex, flavorful, and often style-bending beers including Black House Coffee Stout, Lomaland Saison, Fruitlands Fruited Gose, Blazing World Hoppy Amber, and more in cans, bottles, and draft throughout General Distributors’ territory.
About Modern Times:
A 30bbl production brewery in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego, Modern Times is named after a beautifully crazy utopian community founded in 1850, and (almost) all of our beers are named after real utopian experiments or mythological utopias. Today, we’re distributed throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Maui, the Pacific Northwest, and select international markets. We operate a tasting room at the brewery, as well as in San Diego’s North Park community, and are in the process of opening another in Encinitas, CA. We also plan to open new locations in downtown LA & Anaheim in 2017, both featuring brewing facilities, restaurants, specialty coffee shops, and much more radness than we can possibly list here. We brewed our first batch on May 18th, 2013; our beer went on tap for the first time on June 24th 2013; we held the soft opening for the Lomaland Fermentorium tasting room on August 9th, 2013; and our Grand Opening was September 7th, 2013.
GDI is a premier beverage distributor in the Portland Metro market that services 11 counties from Salem to Hood River. The company was founded as “Fick Cigar Co” by Charles A. Fick, Sr. and his brother George Fick, Sr. in 1933. During Prohibition they distributed candy, cigarettes and cigars. After Prohibition’s repeal they began selling the Olympia beer brand and expanded their portfolio exponentially as the years progressed. The current warehouse and headquarters are located in Oregon City, OR where they employ 170 people. Their current portfolio includes MillerCoors, Constellation, Mike’s Hard Lemonade in addition to a great variety of national and local craft breweries, cideries, wineries, and non-alcoholic beverages.