Craft and specialty beer has a deep and rich history in the Pacific Northwest.
With the ongoing growth of the craft and specialty beer industry and numerous consolidations and acquisitions in the beverage distribution business, how could family owned and often multi-generational distributors survive and prosper in smaller footprints than some of their competitors? In late 2012, a group of locally owned distributors recognized the need to cooperate and work together to provide a network opportunity for servicing and attracting the best suppliers possible for their home territories. Five founding distributors came together to form Great Artisan Beverage (GAB) - Craig Stein Beverage, General Distributors, Marine View Beverage, The Odom Corporation and Sound Beverage Distributors. Soon thereafter, we partnered with numerous other local distributors allowing the GAB network to have complete coverage in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Subsequently, we added distributors in most of Montana as well as an affiliation with a strong distributor network in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. These relationships ensure that partner suppliers in the network can be represented seamlessly throughout the northwest and beyond.
The GAB network strives to be the very best craft and specialty beverage distributors to both our supplier and retailer partners. By representing quality products with genuine passion and desire for mutual success, we want to be the best distributor options in our marketplace. With centralized communication, shared services and shipping and logistics synergies , we aim to add value when working together between distributors. Our goal is for greater opportunity rewarding partner suppliers and distributors alike, without compromising accountability by territory. We're individual businesses, bridged together in a unified network, proudly representing many of the finest products our great industry has to offer.
June 22, 2016
Congratulations to all the winners at the fourth annual Washington Beer Awards for 2016! 950 beers were entered in the competition by 139 Washington breweries. The... Read More
February 09, 2016
On Thursday, February 04, 2016, the official Washington Hop Mob Kickoff took place at Brouwer's Cafe. 41 Washington-brewed Triple IPAs were on tap. At the kick off... Read More
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