Canned Cocktails: Are They as Good as the Real Thing?

Whether you’re at an outdoor gathering with friends or walking through your local liquor store, chances are you’ve noticed the canned cocktail boom. Consumers are now able to enjoy their favorite mixed drinks in the convenience of a can. While ready-to-drink cocktails in a can are becoming increasingly popular, the question remains, are they as good as real, hand-mixed cocktails?

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What Beer Is Best for a Shrimp Boil?

Glass of beer placed next to plate of shrimp

A popular summertime seafood feast is the shrimp boil. This Southern staple combines tender shrimp, flavorful sausage, hearty potatoes, and sweet corn to create one delicious classic. A shrimp boil is an ideal option for any outdoor gathering or dinner with friends and family. Seafood enthusiasts looking to get more out of their shrimp boil can do so when they pair it with the perfect beer. Columbia Distributing is an expert in non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages. Here, we explore the best types of beer for a shrimp boil.

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Employee Profile: Forecasting and Procurement Manager Chad Booth

Chad Booth

Columbia Distributing is well known for being a premier alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage distributor in Kent, Washington, and Wilsonville, Oregon. We supply retailers with some of the most recognizable beverage brands in the world. We’re also known for being a top destination for prospective employees looking to break into the industry and grow from within.

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Delicious Tequila Rose Cocktails to Try

Strawberry cocktail made with Tequila Rose

Tequila Rose is one of the most popular choices right now – and for good reason. Its smooth and delicious taste made from real tequila makes it the perfect drink for any occasion. Whether you’re having a fun night with friends or a romantic evening with your partner, Tequila Rose won’t disappoint.

While Tequila Rose is perfect for sipping on its own, it can also be used to create some delicious cocktails. Here, Columbia Distributing, a premier beverage distributor in Washington and Oregon that specializes in both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, offers some simple must-try Tequila Rose recipes that are easy to create and taste out of this world.

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Columbia Distributing Announces Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative

A message from Chief Operating Officer Dave Stander

Columbia Teammates,

We have the privilege of working and living in one of the best corners of the country. We take great pride in living and working here, and with that pride comes the responsibility of keeping ourselves and our communities safe. Today we’re announcing plans to increase our awareness of a major threat to our safety, often hiding in plain sight – human trafficking.

Human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, harboring, transporting, obtaining or maintaining of a person by means of force, fraud or coercion for purposes of servitude, debt bondage, slavery, organ sales or participation in sex trade. It is a form of modern-day slavery, and it impacts every community in America. To learn more about trafficking in Oregon and Washington, click here.

Distributor employees are in a unique position to spot human trafficking activity because we have access to non-public areas of venues, bars, hotels, convenience stores, event arenas and more where this activity is more likely to occur.

In the coming weeks we will release these materials to all of you. You will see general education and awareness information and an online training video, mandatory for those of us on the front lines. We will also make our communities awareness of our commitment through public promotion and signage on our fleet.

As a fellow Columbia team member, a Washington resident and a father of two, I am very proud of this initiative and Columbia’s desire to participate. I hope you are as well and I look forward to sharing more with you soon. 

Dirty Pasta Water Martini: What is it and How to Prepare it

Spaghetti noodles in boiling water pot

For decades, cocktail enthusiasts have experimented with different ingredients and techniques to create unique recipes that sometimes become staples in restaurants and bars throughout the world. While not every concoction becomes a fan favorite, every now and then, these experiments result in unforgettable drinks. Such is the case with the dirty pasta water martini.

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Tequila Rose: What Is It and How to Mix It

Tequila Rose milkshakes in jars with straws and fresh strawberries

Tequila is made from a variety of brands and is the heart of many cocktail recipes, such as the ever-popular margarita. But did you know that it comes in a sweet, delicious cream liqueur? If you haven’t tried Tequila Rose yet, you’re in for a real treat. Here, Columbia Distributing discusses this delight and the many ways it can be enjoyed.

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How to Store Beer the Right Way

Nothing lasts forever, not even beer. Light, air, and sudden changes in temperature can all impact how long your beer remains good to drink. Knowing how to properly store it can help to retain the quality and flavor for longer periods. Here, Columbia Distributing goes over the proper ways to store your beer so that it tastes good whenever you decide to crack one open.

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Employee Profile: Salesforce Developer Brandon Radford

Brandon Radford in a cave

Columbia Distributing, a premier alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage distributor in Kent, Washington, and Wilsonville, Oregon, recently launched a new IT department. One of the roles in the department is Salesforce developer. Brandon Radford, a relative newcomer to the team and our first internal Salesforce developer, shares the duties of this new role and what it has been like working at Columbia Distributing.

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Columbia Distributing Employees Give Back to the Community with Their Time

Columbia Distributing team at TCU Men’s Shelter

There is more to Columbia Distributing than just making a profit. The impact of our organization goes beyond supplying alcoholic beverages and other drinks to establishments throughout Washington and Oregon. We strive to give back to our local community as much as we can and help make a difference where it’s needed.

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