Employee Profile: IT Applications Manager Sara Burtis

Sara Burtis heatshot

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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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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