Top 5 Best Drinks for Your Date Night

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It’s date night: dinner is almost ready, the music is perfect, and you’re ready to spend quality time together. All that’s left is to whip up the perfect romantic drinks. If you’re planning a romantic night in with alcoholic beverages, Columbia Distributing shares five top date night drinks for the most special of occasions.

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Energy Drink Or Water: Picking Out Your Ideal Pick-Me-Up

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Whether you’re heading out for a run, visiting the gym, or pumping up for an important meeting, you may wonder which drink to reach for: an energy drink or water? Columbia Distributing provides a variety of nonalcoholic beverages for stores and restaurants throughout Oregon, Washington, and California, including water and popular energy drinks. Learn how to choose the best options for your needs with this quick comparison.

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Are You Ready to Open Your Own Craft Brewery?

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Opening a brewery can seem like a dream job to beer lovers, but it takes hard work, dedication, and a lot of funding. If you’re preparing to open your own craft brewery, it’s important to understand a few factors that play a large role in the success of your new endeavor. Learn more about the craft brewery basics you need to know from Columbia Distributing before making your dream a reality.

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Mixing Something Warm for Colder Nights

Preparing Warm Mixed Drinks

Summer may be here, but chilly nights can always surprise us – even during the warmest months. When you don’t want to grab a sweater or turn up the heat, warm mixed drinks offer a fun way to chase away the cold with delicious alcoholic beverages. Find tasty ways to stay cozy when the temperatures drop with suggestions for hot mixed drinks from Columbia Distributing.

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The State of the 2021 Brewery Market

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2020 was a challenging year for almost every industry, and the world of beer and other alcoholic beverages was no exception. As we surpass the mid-point of 2021, it’s easy to see how the events of the previous year and the first half of the present one have impacted breweries large and small. Here, Columbia Distributing takes a closer look at the state of the 2021 brewing market for brewers and beer lovers alike.

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Champagne: A New Year’s Eve Essential

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Ringing in the New Year isn’t quite complete without Champagne. Whether you celebrate with a traditional toast or get inventive with sparkling cocktails, Champagne for New Year’s Eve is essential. Columbia Distributing, the premier Northwest beverage distributor, offers a robust roster of Champagne and sparkling wine for you to bring the bubbly to a party however you like. Here, we provide a few suggestions that are sure to make your New Year’s Eve one for the record books. Continue reading…

Holiday Brandy Traditions

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Time-honored traditions are one of the best parts of the holiday season. Whether singing carols, warming up by the fire, or enjoying time with family, all of these activities can be enhanced with brandy. For centuries, brandy traditions have been an essential part of the winter holidays. Here, you’ll find a few different ways to bring brandy to your table this holiday season from Columbia Distributing. Continue reading…

Tis the Season for Eggnog Recipes

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When you think of classic holiday cocktails, eggnog drinks are surely at the top of that list. For years, eggnog has been at the center of holiday traditions around the world. If you’re looking for some new ways to sip on eggnog this season, we have you covered. Here, Columbia Distributing, a premier Northwest beverage distributor, discusses both classic and inventive ways to enjoy eggnog with some of the alcoholic beverages we distribute across the West Coast. Continue reading…

Sweet Holiday Punch Ideas to Try This Season

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For many people, the holiday season is synonymous with party season. If you find yourself hosting a festive event this year, make life a little easier with these make-ahead cocktails. Communal bowls of cheer have been a holiday tradition for centuries, and Columbia Distributing’s holiday punch ideas will allow you to easily prepare recipes in advance so you can spend more time with your guests and family. Find some of our favorite recipes here. Continue reading…

What Does Your Craft Beer Say About You?

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Whether you are relaxing on a boat or at a winter ski resort, there are few things more refreshing than cracking open a cold beer. No matter the season, we all enjoy relaxing with our favorite brews. Craft beer enthusiasts have more choices than ever, which means brewers need to go above and beyond consumer expectations to stand out in the crowd. Did you know the beer you produce tells customers a lot about your brewery’s personality? Here, Columbia Distributing reviews several different types of beer and what they might be telling your customers about you.

Pale Ale

Pale ale drinkers love trying new things and experimenting with different flavors. These adventuresome consumers enjoy discovering unique breweries and are often social butterflies. While the pale ale category is very unpredictable and encompasses a wide array of flavors and ingredients, the beer is known for its bitter taste and different combinations of hops. Fans of the category appreciate the robust flavors of pale ales, and if your brewery produces this type of beer, drinkers can safely assume they’re in for an enjoyable experience.  


For porter drinkers, fall is likely their favorite season, and flannel might be their favorite shirt of choice. Porters are at the darker end of the beer spectrum and often contain strong, earthy undertones of nuts, coffee, and caramel. There are few other types of beer better for enjoying a cool autumn evening. As a brewer of porters, don’t be surprised if you attract consumers who enjoy spending time outdoors and savor the little things in life, as they’re likely assuming your brand loves to do the same.  


Lagers are known for their easy drinkability and light color, and their fans are calm, collected, and have a level head on their shoulders. They are comfortable with not being the center of attention, and it doesn’t upset them to leave the party early. Lager drinkers are also extremely loyal to their brand of choice, so if they choose your brewery, you must be doing something right.


A low-calorie beer is made by adding less of the high-calorie stuff and more water to the brew. Most beers have around 150 calories, but a light beer usually has well under 100 calories. Many low-calorie beer drinkers are highly self-disciplined, goal-oriented, and might be fitness junkies who love hiking, biking, and running. When they choose your brewery’s light or low-calorie beer, they know your brew will allow them to get out, have a good time with friends, and not get in the way of what they want to accomplish. 

Ready to Stand Out in the Crowd?

In today’s crowded craft beer industry, brewers need to do more than ever to distinguish themselves from the competition. Knowing your target audience and what their preferences are is a key step to the success of your business. And as you can see, the type of beer you brew can tell your customers a lot about who you are. At Columbia Distributing, the Northwest’s premier beverage distributor, we pride ourselves in connecting businesses and consumers. If you would like to learn more about how Columbia Distributing can help you, please contact us today and view our extensive online inventory of craft beers.