Sparkling Ice: Everything You Want in a Summer Beverage

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When the weather heats up, nothing beats cracking open a can or bottle of crisp, refreshing sparkling water. With a host of flavors available, Sparkling Ice has become popular with consumers and comes in single bottles, variety packs, and even caffeinated options. Columbia Distributing, which serves as the go-to beverage distributor in Oregon and Washington, carries a variety of sparkling water options, including Sparkling Ice. Here, we go over why you should keep Sparkling Ice in stock at your establishment – especially during the summer months.

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Lone River Beverage Company Unveils Two New Variety Packs

Case of Lone River Ranch Water in desert

Whether you’re the owner of a small convenience store or a bar that’s packed nightly, it pays to have something for everyone to enjoy. That’s why Columbia Distributing, serving Washington and Oregon as a premier non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverage distributor, offers products from Lone River Beverage Company. The popular brand has just released two new variety 12-packs, which are sure to make your customers excited for long weekends and lazy summer days. Here, we go over what new and exciting varieties Lone River Beverage Company has to offer.

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London Dry Gin vs. American Gin: How They Differ and When to Use Them

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Once reserved only for martinis, gin has seen an uptick recently, becoming more and more popular amongst consumers. The market today reflects that, consisting of multiple varieties that offer a full spectrum of flavors. Of the various gin styles available, two seem to stand out: London dry gin and American gin. Columbia Distributing is a premier distributor of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages in Oregon and Washington. Here, we compare these two gin styles and offer insight into when to use them for different cocktails.

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Ginger Beer vs. Ginger Ale: How Do They Compare?

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Ginger ale and ginger beer are popular drink choices known for their crisp ginger flavor and refreshing taste. Even though they share a similar ingredient and are sometimes used interchangeably, they are quite different in several ways. Columbia Distributing provides bars, restaurants, and other establishments in Oregon and Washington with the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages they need to meet their customers’ demands. Here, we compare ginger beer and ginger ale and when to use them as mixers.

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Employee Profile: Director of Sales Lee Walton

As the largest distributor in the Pacific Northwest, Columbia Distributing offers alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to businesses in the Pacific Northwest, supplying them with a vast assortment of well-known brands. As one of the biggest malt beverage distributors in the country, it takes an outstanding team to successfully manage the business.

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Exploring Ranch Water and How It Compares to Hard Seltzer

Refreshing beverages hit the spot during summer and warm weather. Much like hard seltzers have had in the past few years, ranch water is having a moment. This Western-inspired drink is an ideal choice for those who desire a smooth-tasting but not-too-sweet cocktail to cool them off during the sweltering heat. But what is ranch water? Columbia Distributing is the premier non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverage distributor serving Oregon and Washington. Here, we break down ranch water and how it compares to other beverages on the market, such as hard seltzer.

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Employee Profile: IT Applications Manager Sara Burtis

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Successfully coordinating the distribution of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in the Pacific Northwest requires a lot of coordination so that retailers are supplied with the beverage brands they need. To keep track of these moving parts and make the jobs of our employees easier, Columbia Distributing utilizes various software applications. Managing these applications rests on the shoulders of IT applications manager Sara Burtis and her team.

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Employee Profile: Merchandising Supervisor CarlieJo Schirmer


We spoke with CarlieJo Schirmer, who is one of three merchandising supervisors at the Springfield, Oregon, branch of Columbia Distributing. This hard-working college student describes her role in the company. We also talked about company culture and how it positively affects her day-to-day life. Find out how the work ethic and friendly company culture exhibited by our merchandisers attract new employees to pursue careers with Columbia Distributing. We distribute a large variety of beverages, including craft beer, wine, and spirits throughout Washington and Oregon.

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The Difference Between Añejo, Blanco, and Reposado Tequila

Three shots of tequila with limes

With its heritage traced back to the blue agave plant, tequila has been a staple of bars, restaurants, and many households for centuries. It is an extremely versatile spirit, and different distilling and aging practices result in a variety of tequila options. Here, Columbia Distributing, a premier non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverage distributor in Oregon and Washington, breaks down the three most popular types of tequila: añejo, blanco, and reposado.

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Columbia Distributing Works to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking

Columbia Distributing team

Staying true to our vision and values, Columbia Distributing is proud to stand behind several important causes and organizations. As a premier beverage distributor in Washington and Oregon, we make it a point to be an active member of the communities we serve. As we look to continue our charitable work, we turn our efforts to a topic we believe doesn’t receive enough attention: human trafficking.

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