Happy Mint Julep Day

Mint juleps in silver cups

A mint julep is a refreshing and minty high-class cocktail that’s commonly associated with the American South and its cuisine. Smooth bourbon, crisp mint, and loads of ice make it super refreshing with just enough sweetness to bring it from good to great.

May 30 is the official day to celebrate the mint julep drink. With fresh mint already plentiful and summer fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to bring out the julep cups and stock up on bourbon and ice. To help you prepare for Mint Julep Day, Columbia Distributing in Portland, Oregon, breaks down what makes mint juleps so great, their history, and how to make them.

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Living It Up with Lime in Drinks

Slices of lime in a drink with iceYou’re familiar with limes – they’re the small, round, green cousin of oranges and lemons. Sweet with an acidic bite, they have a floral scent and undertone and are popular in pies and salsa. But did you know they’re great in drinks, too? Here, Columbia Distributing in Portland, Oregon, takes a closer look at everything you need to know about the timeless and tasty tradition of lime in drinks.

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Introducing Our New Online Retailer Portal

Employee in apron examining wine for retail order online

Since 1935, Columbia Distributing has strived to find new ways to better serve our customers, including shops, restaurants, bars, and more. Today, we’re proud to announce our online retailer portal, designed to make ordering and account management simple while preserving the premier customer service you’ve come to expect. Whether you’re an existing customer in Oregon, Washington, or California or seeking a new online beverage distributor, we’ll cover everything you need to know to get started.

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How to Choose an Online Beverage Distributor

Store Owner And Employee Discuss Online Ordering

If you’re like many retailers and bar and restaurant owners, you could streamline operations and make stock management more efficient with help from an online beverage distributor’s digital platform. Yet before choosing your partner, it’s important to know what to look for. To help businesses across Oregon, Washington, and California make the best choice, Columbia Distributing offers a few things to consider when choosing an online beverage distributor.

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Choosing the Wine to Serve at Your Dinner Party

Wine Glasses Over A Dinner Table

Are you planning to host a dinner party in the near future? While you have probably already thought about what food you are going to serve, figuring out which wine you are going to pair with it is just as important. Finding the right wine for your dinner party can take the experience to the next level and impress your guests. Columbia Distributing has put together this guide on choosing the right wine for dinner parties, so you can make sure the evening goes without a hitch.

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Best Cocktails for a Leisurely Morning

Woman Drinking Outside

When making breakfast in the morning, you may not think about pouring yourself a drink. However, there are several types of cocktails specifically created to be drunk in the morning. Usually light and fruity, these cocktails are a great way to enjoy brunch with your friends or get ready for an exciting day. For ideas on what drinks to make and what foods to pair with them, try this list from Columbia Distributing.

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Warming Up with Mulled Wine for Winter

Mugs Of Mulled Wine

As a kid, you probably enjoyed a piping hot mug of hot chocolate to warm you up on a chilly winter evening. But now that you’re older, you can introduce alcohol into the equation with mulled wine. A classic favorite for winter, mulled wine has a long history and is part of many traditions around the holidays. If you are looking for a delicious new drink that’s perfect for sipping while staying cozy inside, learn more about mulled wine from Columbia Distributing.

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Going Green: Best Beers to Dye for St. Patrick’s Day

Mug Of Green Beer

St. Patrick’s Day is the one time of year where you’re allowed to turn everything green, including beer. If you’re out at a bar celebrating the holiday, you will likely see green beer being served by the pint to festive patrons. Often, these bars will just color whatever light beer they have on tap to serve the masses quickly. But if you appreciate quality beer, try dyeing your own at home. Columbia Distributing has put together a list of some beers that will show off the green dye well but taste great, too.

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Working at Columbia Distributing: The Experience of a Warehouse Employee in the Pacific NW

Water Bottles Ready For Delivery

Some key characteristics come to mind when you think of your dream employer. Most of us might list successful, family-oriented, and competitive benefits to name a few. And according to Samuel Valenzuela, a warehouse employee with Columbia Distributing, his employer checks off each of those boxes — plus many more. Here’s a closer look at Valenzuela’s experience with Columbia Distributing, which is based in Portland, Oregon and operates locations throughout the Pacific Northwest.
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Working at Columbia Distributing: Insider Insights from Delivery Driver John Ohmann

Tractor Trailer On Road

At Columbia Distributing, we pride ourselves on our highly skilled team of warehouse associates, merchandisers, and other industry professionals. And that feeling goes both ways, as our employees find their work both rewarding and stable. But you don’t have to take our word for it – we asked John Ohmann, a long-time delivery driver, to provide some insights about his decades-long tenure at Columbia Distributing.

A Typical Workday

Ohmann’s workday starts early – between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., to be exact. After getting ready, he leaves his house and heads to his tractor-trailer. From there, he drives to one of Columbia Distributing’s warehouses, where dedicated workers have palletized stock waiting for his truck to arrive. Using a riding pallet jack, Ohmann loads his truck, but not without the help of his very hands-on supervisor.

“Thanks to my supervisor, I’d say we have one of the most efficient runs from point A to point B,” Ohmann says.

After organizing the product load in route order, Ohmann transports it to grocery and convenience stores. At each destination, he checks the product in, and in some cases, stocks product shelves afterward. But before he leaves, Ohmann says that he always tries to end his client interactions on a positive note.

“As a driver, I represent Columbia Distributing,” says Ohmann, “and to do that to the best of my ability, I always try to leave a smile on our customers’ faces.”

Q: What are some of your favorite aspects of working here?

Having come from a family that constantly moved across the United States, Ohmann wanted a job that gave him stability and security. As of March 2020, he’ll celebrate his 20th anniversary with Columbia Distributing, and that’s largely because the company has provided him with the dependability he’s always wanted.

“When I first got married, I made a promise to myself that I’d break the cycle of instability in my life,” Ohmann says. “And I was blessed to stumble right into such a job at Columbia Distributing.

Ohmann also cites his supervisors’ great leadership as a reason he’s been so dedicated to the company. All three of his superiors over the years had different strengths, but Ohmann believes they have all had his and his fellow delivery drivers’ backs.

“Being a veteran, you sometimes want to just come into work, put your head down, and get through the day – you just feel like you’ve seen it all,” Ohmann says. “But thanks to my current and past supervisors, I feel motivated every day to improve my performance and step in when my co-workers need help or guidance.”

Join the Columbia Distributing Team

Ohmann has been with Columbia Distributing since it was a small operation and is proud of how far the company has come. He points out that each store he visits presents its own unique challenge and says that he loves interacting with customers while helping them reach the best product solutions possible.

If you’re a resident of the Pacific Northwest or Northern California and interested in an employment opportunity that delivers an experience like Ohmann has had, consider applying for a position at Columbia Distributing. We’re proud to employ more than 3,500 people in fulfilling, secure roles, and we’re looking to expand our team with more promising candidates. For more information, visit our careers page or contact us today.