Employee Spotlight: Administrative Assistant Anna Galoosis on Finding Your Place

Anna Galoosis

The Columbia Distributing location in Spokane, Washington, is small compared to others throughout the Pacific Northwest and northern California. That may be why Anna Galoosis is the only administrative assistant in the office, or maybe it’s because this powerhouse of activity takes care of so many duties. Continue reading…


Fun Variations on the Classic Manhattan

One of the most enduring cocktails is the Manhattan. Although this fan-favorite alcoholic beverage originated sometime around the mid to late 1880s, consumers enjoy it just as much today as they did a hundred years ago. Like a lot of popular mixed drinks, the Manhattan has evolved. Here, Columbia Distributing details different Manhattan cocktail recipes for you to try.

Manhattan Cocktail Recipes

A Manhattan is a deceptively simple drink yet contains everything you expect from a cocktail. It features desirable characteristics, such as richness and warmth from the whiskey, sweetness from the vermouth, and bitters to balance the opposing flavors. This combination of ingredients makes the Manhattan an ideal candidate for endless variations. Consider crafting one or more of the following recipes:

Bourbon Manhattan

Many believe a bourbon Manhattan to be just as good, if not better, than the original. The smooth and sweet flavor of bourbon effortlessly enhances the drinking experience. By replacing the rye whiskey with bourbon, you will notice notes of oak, vanilla, and caramel that complement the sweet vermouth excellently. For this Manhattan variation, you will need:

  • 2 oz. bourbon whiskey
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Cherries for garnish

This variation is easy to make and only involves a few steps, including:

  1. Add your bourbon, sweet vermouth, and both bitters to a mixing glass with ice
  2. Stir the ingredients until well chilled
  3. Strain into a chilled coupe
  4. Adorn your cocktail with a brandied cherry

Black Manhattan

A funky spin on the classic Manhattan, the black Manhattan swaps out sweet vermouth for an Italian amaro. This blend still features the intense and boozy characteristics of a classic Manhattan but boosts its deliciousness by adding caramel and chocolate notes. The ingredients in a black Manhattan include:

  • 2 oz. rye whiskey
  • 1 oz. Averna amaro
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash of orange bitters
  • Brandied cherries for garnish

Like the bourbon Manhattan, this cocktail is a breeze to make. Follow these steps to craft this drink:

  1. Take the rye whiskey, Italian amaro (Averna), Angostura bitters, and orange bitters, and add the ingredients to a mixing glass with ice
  2. Stir until well chilled
  3. Strain the drink into a chilled coupe glass
  4. Embellish your cocktail with a brandied cherry and enjoy

Brooklyn Cocktail

Those who love the traditional Manhattan should try this alternative. Like the well-known Manhattan, the Brooklyn cocktail is spirit-forward with a few twists. Rounding out the flavor in this sophisticated drink is maraschino liqueur and dry vermouth. This beverage is perfect for impressing other Manhattan lovers during a dinner party or cocktail hour. Ingredients for a Brooklyn cocktail are as follows:

  • 2 oz. rye whiskey
  • 1 oz. dry vermouth
  • ¼ oz. maraschino liqueur
  • ¼ oz. Amer Picon
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish

To make this mixed drink, follow these quick and easy steps:

  1. In a cocktail shaker with ice, add the rye whiskey, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and Amer Picon
  2. Shake ingredients vigorously until well chilled
  3. Strain the drink into a chilled coupe glass
  4. Dress up your beverage with a skewered maraschino cherry

Rob Roy Cocktail

Scotch enthusiasts may enjoy the Rob Roy cocktail. This drink is meant for slow sipping and uses scotch whiskey instead of the traditional rye. To create this mixed drink, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 oz. scotch of your choice
  • ¾ oz. sweet vermouth
  • 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Brandied cherries for garnish

Follow these steps to make this scotch-inspired Manhattan:

  1. Combine the Scotch, sweet vermouth, and bitters into a cocktail mixing glass
  2. Add a handful of ice to the glass
  3. Continuously stir for about 30 seconds or until well chilled
  4. Strain your drink into a coupe or cocktail glass
  5. Use speared brandied cherries to add flair

Get Cocktail Inspiration at Columbia Distributing

Like most great classic cocktails, the Manhattan has inspired a wide range of spinoffs. Those looking to try alternatives to the traditional cocktail should turn to Columbia Distributing for assistance. We are a premier beverage distributor in the Pacific Northwest that delivers a wide range of products, including alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic beverages. Contact us today to learn more about our selection and what kind of fun twists you can do on classic cocktail recipes.


Philanthropy at Columbia Distributing: What’s Going on This July

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Here at Columbia Distributing, we believe in the power of philanthropy. By partnering with charitable organizations, whether they’re international or located right here in our community, we know that we have the power to make a difference. “We’re always supporting different causes throughout the year, and we give well over half a million to charitable organizations throughout our service area of Oregon and Washington,” explains Lindsi Taylor, Director of Communications and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategy at Columbia Distributing. Continue reading…


Ice Cream Paired with Beer? How This Unlikely Combo Can Make for Tasty Floats

Two ice cream floats on table

When it comes to ice cream floats, most people use root beer for the liquid portion of this tasty treat. But, did you know there’s an alcoholic twist that can be just as good by dropping the scoops of ice cream into a glass of beer instead? From stouts to hefeweizens, there’s a wide variety of mouth-watering floats you can craft with different types of beer. With over 260 brands, Columbia Distributing is one of the largest beer distributors in the Pacific Northwest. Here, we serve up some recipes of tasty beer floats to try.

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Understanding Different Types of Hops and How They Impact the Taste of Your Beer

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There’s nothing quite like a cold, refreshing pint from your favorite brand. But what gives it that flavor you love? The secret lies in the ingredients – namely the hops. There is a huge variety of beers on the market today that differ in flavor profile and aroma, and hops do more than contribute to the bitterness of the brew. Here, Columbia Distributing discusses the role hops play in the ingredient list and how they affect the taste of your beer. Continue reading…


Tips and Tricks for Aging Beer at Home

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There’s nothing quite like a cold, refreshing brew. While many beers are meant to be enjoyed fresh from the store, some may taste better over time. But what’s the best way to age these alcoholic beverages? Here, Columbia Distributing discusses some of our best tips and insights into this process. Continue reading…


Is Hard Seltzer Healthier than Beer or Wine?

Two glasses of sparkling water with lemon slices

Sales of hard seltzer have skyrocketed in recent years as many consumers look for an alcoholic beverage that’s on the lighter side. With a wide variety of flavors to choose from, there’s a spiked seltzer option to suit almost any palate. But is hard seltzer healthier than beer, wine, or other options? Here, Columbia Distributing examines the benefits of hard seltzer. Continue reading…


Quarterly Philanthropy Review: Educational Scholarships

Columbia Distributing Scholarship Program

Philanthropy with its charity partners is not new to Columbia Distributing. “We are a 90-year-old company, and everywhere we’ve done business, we have also given back to the community,” says Lindsi Taylor, director of corporate communications. The company also gives back to its employees and has awarded two $10,000 educational scholarships to dependents of full-time team members for the last four years.

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Employee Spotlight: Jon-Paul ‘JP’ Lafitte on the Career Opportunities at Columbia Distributing

Jon Paul

Columbia Distributing distributes alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to retailers, restaurants, and bars throughout the Pacific Northwest and northern California. But what makes the company stand out from other employers? “Given everything that the world has thrown at us, it’s always been a good place to work,” says Jon-Paul “JP” Lafitte.

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To Age or Not to Age: How to Determine Which Beers to Add to Your Cellar

Belgian beers stored on shelves

Good beer doesn’t happen by accident. Dedicated brewers orchestrate a complex combination of flavor notes and ingredients. As a beer aficionado, you then consider all the choices and select the styles and brands that suit your tastes. With this effort invested, there is one element that gets neglected. What do you really know about aging beer? Is aged beer different depending on whether it’s a sour, ale, stout, or IPA? How long does beer last in and out of the fridge? Continue reading…