Explore the World of Nontraditional Brewing Techniques

Non-Traditional Beer Brewing

If you’re a beer aficionado like those of us on the team at Columbia Distributing, you probably know quite a bit about the way beer is produced. However, some breweries eschew the standard methods and take up nontraditional approaches to creating your favorite beverage. From mixing up techniques and equipment to incorporating unique ingredients, here are a few of the alternative brewing methods being used throughout the Pacific Northwest. Continue reading…


The Health Benefits of Drinking Matcha Tea

Matcha Tea Latte – Columbia Distributing

Matcha tea is a superfood, meaning it’s high in nutrients and provides multiple health benefits. As a staple in Japanese culture, this bright green drink dates back hundreds of years. Today, matcha tea and iced matcha lattes can be found in local coffee shops, matcha ice cream can be purchased at the grocery store and the finely ground powder can be added to a number of desserts, dishes and beverages. Here are just some of the health benefits that make matcha tea so popular. Continue reading…


Old-Time Sodas You Need to Try

Drinking Retro Soda – Columbia Distributing

 

Today, soda has become a huge part of American culture. You can’t go to any restaurant without being able to order a refreshing soda, nor can you stop by any gas station, deli or grocery store without finding a wide variety of your favorites. But these carbonated drinks weren’t the first – nor will they be the last – to offer a refreshing, delicious taste.

Travel back as far as the 1870s and let your taste buds experience the classic flavors that helped shape generations by checking out some of these old-fashioned sodas. Continue reading…


The Importance of the Three-Tier System

Beverage Warehouse – Columbia Distributing

 

How would you react if you walked into a liquor store and there were only a handful of different options to choose from, instead of hundreds? And what if you knew none of it was regulated? Would you still want to make a purchase? Maybe not.

Fortunately, that scenario is only hypothetical thanks to something called the three-tier system. The three-tier system governs the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages in a way that benefits customers, retailers and the local economy all at once. Continue reading…


Mixing Hot Chocolate Right for the Kids

Kids with hot chocolate – Columbia Distributing

When the air outside is a bit chilly, nothing beats cozying up inside with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. If you usually enjoy traditional hot cocoa, why not try out some new fixings? Here’s how to mix hot chocolate right for the kids. Continue reading…


How to Choose a Wine Distributor That’s Best for You

Worker In A Wine Store

There are many benefits to the three-tier system that governs the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages and mandates that these beverages must travel from producers to distributors and then to retailers before being made available for purchase by the public. However, due to this system, it’s incredibly important for wineries and retailers to choose the right distributor. Continue reading…


The Lost Art of the Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy Tray – Columbia Distributing

When cold and flu season rears its head, many people turn to cough syrup and other over-the-counter remedies to find relief. However, did you know there’s a traditional drink that’s been consumed for over two centuries and is said to help alleviate cold symptoms? It’s called the hot toddy. Continue reading…


What Are the Marks of a Good Winter Ale?

Winter Ale in Snow- Columbia Distributing

Throughout the year, breweries introduce seasonal beers. One of these recurring brews is the winter ale, otherwise referred to as a winter warmer. Read on to learn what defines this cold-weather beer and how to determine the quality of a winter ale.

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Best Beers for the Game

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From dedicated football fans to devoted basketball enthusiasts to true American baseball supporters, picking a game-ready beer is not always an easy task. But at Columbia Distributing, we offer a large selection of domestic, imported and craft beer to suit any palate. Keep reading to learn which styles of beer are best for the big game. Continue reading…


Top 3 Recipes to Top Up Your Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate--Columbia DistributingWhen it comes to spiked hot chocolate, recipes with liquor may come to mind. However, did you know that you can make a delicious cup of alcohol-infused hot chocolate using beer? While stouts work best in the following recipes, thanks to their roasted malt flavor profiles that taste of coffee or dark chocolate, you can experiment with other types of dark beer as well. Here are three delectable ways to serve up decadent hot chocolates that blend your love of beer with this timeless cold-weather beverage. Continue reading…