A Beginner’s Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings

Wine and cheese pairings

Wine and cheese go together like bacon and eggs or coffee and cream, but that doesn’t mean everyone knows the best wine and cheese pairings. Picking the right wine to go with your cheese, or vice versa, can be daunting for beginners. At Columbia Distributing, your Northwest beverage distributor, we believe everyone should have access to this knowledge so that no matter who you are, you can experience the joy that comes from the perfect pairing of wine and cheese. Here is what you need to know to get started with this age-old tradition.

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From Stick to Sinker: Best Fruits to Add to Drinks

Assortment of drinks with fruit

A cold, refreshing drink – whether it’s a cocktail, an iced tea, or plain old glass of ice water – can easily be made more exciting with a little garnish or infusion of fruit. At Columbia Distributing, the Northwest’s premier beverage distributor, we believe in having a bit of fun every day. What better way to do that than by adding pizzazz to your drinks and cocktails? Here is a quick overview of some of the best fruits for drinks so you can jazz up your cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages.

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The Art of Craft Brew Labels

Woman shopping for beer

When the first beer brands and labels were invented, they were fairly simple. They existed to tell a customer what the product is and who made it. These days, however, craft brew labels are more than just identifiers. The designs tell the story of the beers and the breweries. When a customer grabs a can off the shelf, the label gives them an idea of what to expect.

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Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth with Hard Sodas and Other Sweet Drinks

Fizzing hard soda

Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, you’re not the only one – and drink manufacturers know that. There are a wide variety of sugary alcoholic drinks out there, from hard soda to ginger mules to cotton-candy-flavored malts, that will make your taste buds dance. At Columbia Distributing, we offer several top brands of hard sodas and sugary carbonation, including Reed’s, Mike’s Hard, Four Loko, and more. Here are some of our top picks for sweet alcoholic drinks.

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Cocktails for a Rainy Day

Red mug in front of rain covered window

Rainy days are miserable when you’re out and about. By the time you get home, you’re damp and cold. Also, there are few things more disappointing than waking up to torrential downpours when you wanted to spend time outside. Days like these call for relaxing inside with great cocktails. Columbia Distributing offers a few recommendations and cocktail recipes meant to be enjoyed indoors.

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Best Alcoholic Ice Cream Floats

Ice Cream Float In Glass Mug

Is there any dessert as quintessentially summery as an ice cream float? They are a staple of country fairs, picnics, and summer events, as well as kitchens everywhere. If you’re bored of the same old soda, though, why not try a grown-up twist? Here, Columbia Distributing, which serves the West Coast, suggests these five great recipes for alcoholic ice cream floats the next time you’re looking for a cool, sweet treat. Continue reading…


Essential Brews for Barbecue Season

Friends Enjoying Drinks At Barbeque

When you think of summer get-togethers, you probably imagine a barbeque. Even as we’re social distancing and wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it’s an American tradition to gather outdoors, enjoy great food, and make memories with loved ones. Food isn’t the only thing that makes a barbeque, though – you also need quality brews to match. This guide from the West Coast’s Columbia Distributing can help you pair beers for BBQs of all kinds, from delicate and sweet to savory and everything between. Continue reading…


Health Benefits of Iced Teas

Two glasses of iced tea

Picture it: it’s a bright, sunny day, and you’re resting in the shade. What drink would go perfectly with this setting? You guessed it – iced tea. As one of the most consumed beverages in the world, there really is no wrong place to enjoy a refreshing glass. However, many are unaware of the health benefits that drinking this popular, timeless beverage can yield. Here, Columbia Distributing, a beverage distributor in the Pacific Northwest, explores iced tea health benefits you can reap when you reach for a glass. Continue reading…


Expanding Your Non-Alcoholic Summer Drink Choices

Ice Cold Lemonade DrinksWhen the weather starts to heat up, our thoughts naturally turn to ice cold drinks. If you’re looking for some new ways to beat the heat this summer, Columbia Distributing can help. Try out these non-alcoholic summer drinks – great for you and for the kids!

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Best Occasions for a Glass of Wine

Couple toasting with wine glassesWine isn’t just for fancy celebrations or date nights. By drinking a glass of your favorite wine, you can elevate your mood, enhance the tone of a particular setting, and even augment the taste of your food. To achieve any one of these feats, you might choose to sip on a citrusy white wine, a deep red wine, or even a nice, dry rosé. The combinations are truly limitless, which is why the Columbia Distributing team has put together this handy list of some of the best wine occasions that you can take part in.

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