Kent, Wash. Driver Represents Columbia Distributing in 2018 National Truck Driving Championships

Earlier this month, Columbia Distributing sent Kent delivery driver Lance Anderson to compete in the 2018 National Truck Driving Championships in Columbus, Ohio. This was the first time Columbia Distributing has been represented in this prestigious and elite competition.  Lance earned his way to nationals through maintaining a perfect safety record and by winning 1st Place in the state competition for the straight truck (box truck) division back in July.

The competition is comprised of three parts; a written test, an in depth pre-trip inspection, and finally, a driving skills test.  Drivers across the country study and train year-round in preparation for this event.  After it was all said and done, Lance finished 34th out of 50 drivers in the straight truck competition.

Lance displayed everything Columbia Distributing stands for during this week-long event, going out of his way at every opportunity he could to make new friends and tell them about the company he was there representing.  By the end of the week, Lance had received the nickname “Rookie, Rookie” and had people from all around the country telling him they could not wait to see him compete again next year.

Lance was very proud and appreciative for the opportunity to compete at nationals and added, “I have learned a lot from this experience and will be ready to bring the championship back to Kent next year!”


What Are the Marks of a Good Winter Ale?

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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.

Winter Ale Defined Continue reading…


The important relationship between drinks and snacks

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Many times when people hear the word “pairing” they think of snobbery and a stuffy aristocrat picking a cheese for his wine. The truth is that we all pair our food and drinks, perhaps without even realizing it. We pick the best snacks for drinks all the time. Think about it, when you go to the movies, you carefully select your drink and your snacks so you get maximum enjoyment.

Food plays a role in the flavor of a drink, it can enhance or inhibit.

Finding the perfect drink to go with your favorite snack may not be easy and it may take several tries before your find the best relationship, but don’t give up because when you do finally find the right match your snack or mealtime will be forever improved.

Here’s what to consider when searching for the best snack and drink combination: Continue reading…


Libby and Analise Take on Pink Boots

Women Coming Together in the Name of Beer!

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The Pink Boots Society was created to assist, inspire and encourage women in the beer industry. Columbia’s own, Libby Rankin and Analise Lucchese recently attended the very first Pink Boots Conference in San Diego, CA. Here is a glimpse of their experience: 

A couple of weeks ago I had an amazing opportunity to travel to and experience the Pink Boots Society’s first major conference. It was inspiring to see so many professional women amassed together in one room in the name of a shared passion for beer!

This is a unique business to be in.  It’s one of the oldest trades in the world.  As a distributor, the beer industry is a way of life.   I educate myself daily on the industry – new product launches, market trends, and consumer purchasing data.  What I have not been able to do, previous to the Pink Boots Society meeting, is share my experience as a women in this generally male dominated industry with other women.  Though here in Portland we have a strong presence of women within the distributor and supplier networks, we still make up a disproportionately small contingent of the workforce.  This is why the Pink Boots event was such an extraordinary experience.

After nearly ten years of distributor events and conventions, this is the first event I have attended that was geared specifically to beer and the women who, like me, dedicate their professional lives to the industry.   For the first time, I had a chance to expand my knowledge in the trade surrounded by a group of my female peers. It was incredible!!  We made new friends, we laughed, and we traded industry stories.  Ultimately we bonded over our passion for beer and had a wonderful time doing so.

We had the opportunity to hear a number of fruitful discussions ranging from Distribution, Sensory Recognition, to Hops as a raw material in the supply chain. The panels and lectures were enlightening and impressive.

The Distribution panel was an especially valuable and enlightening learning experience for me. My understanding and compassion for the multiple perspectives on distribution that, previous to this discussion I did not have. I now have a stronger understanding of and increased empathy for the difficulties brewers have when deciding how and through whom to distribute their beer. It was eye opening, to say the least!

The Sensory Lecture, by Gwen Conley, was amazing. Sensory recognition is the science of understanding what you are feeling, tasting and the perception you have. Simply put, she absolutely killed her presentation. She was engaging and funny and had her speech prepared, ready to go. She made me feel as if I were the only one in the room (though it was packed!). She gave exact definitions and examples of everything that Sensory Recognition has to offer.

The most notable presentation of the event was the keynote speaker, Megan Parisi, of Samuel Adams Brewery.  She spoke eloquently about her career path, starting out as a professional musician and defying convention in pursuit of her dream to be in this industry.  Her inspirational tale of persistence in the face of adversity was refreshing not only as a fellow woman and manager in the industry but as a beer enthusiast. As a manager of a team, I found value specifically in her commentary covering what she deems her greatest accomplishment, watching the people she trained become exceptional brewers and move on to newer endeavors within the brewing craft.  Her emotion and absolute passion for encouraging personal and professional growth within her team was palpable as she neared the end of her speech fighting back tears. This segment helped reinforce my belief that being a manager of people requires you to engage and build a relationship with them.  Life is not just about numbers and making sure that you hit them. It is about the impact that you have on them as a professional. You could see the zeal that she teaches with and how she talks about her students. It was very moving to be in a room with a women with that much devotion. As leaders, we often don’t take the time to think about what kind of an impact we have on the people we manage or the impact they have on us as leaders. I hope that as my career progresses here at Columbia I can stand up and speak with as much passion as she has. And know that the passion was perceived on the other side.

This was a great weekend for me. I was not sure what it was going to be like and or what to expect. To be honest I had no idea it was the first ever! The ladies of the Pink Boots Society did a fantastic job. I can’t wait for the next. The women I met and made friends with will be friends for a lifetime. I can not wait for our next adventure.

– Libby Rankin

Thank you Libby, for sharing your experience with us! We look forward to hearing more about your involvement with Pink Boots. 

 


10 Beers to Try this Summer

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Well, summer is officially here and that means it’s time to bust out the tank tops and enjoy an ice cold beer on the patio! It wasn’t easy but we combed through our portfolio of awesome pilsners, wheat beers, pale ales and more to give you our list of 10 refreshing beers you can enjoy on those hot summer days.

1. Fremont Summer Ale

Availability: April 1 – August 31

ABV: 5.2%

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This simple craft, summer ale tastes like endless summer days and tangerine flowers in a glass.

2. Deschutes Hop Slice Summer Ale

Availability: April 1 – August 31

ABV: 5%

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Floral and citrus hop notes meet smooth caramel maltiness in this refreshingly balanced golden ale. This year’s batch includes Lemondrop Hops!

3. Full Sail Blood Orange Wheat

Availability: Not listed

ABV: 5.2%

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The Blood Orange Wheat offers a medium malt body with a crisp wheat finish and subtle orange flavor.

4. HUB Ferocious Citrus IPA

Availability: Not listed

ABV: 6.2%

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Big citrus hop flavors meet up grapefruit juice for a complex and fun to drink citrus sipper.

5. Cascade Lakes Blonde Bombshell

Availability: Year Round

ABV: 4.3%

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Blonde Bombshell combines subtle malt and wheat flavors with a delicate Liberty hop aroma to create a sensational beer. Originally brewed as a seasonal, this beer was so popular, they pushed it into their regular line-up.

6. Backwoods Gifford Pinchot Pilsner

Availability: Year Round

ABV: 5.1%

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A Czech Pilsner brewed the exact way they do it in Prague. Made with a Czech Saaz hop, this beer has a spicy floral aroma with grassy notes and a clean crisp finish.

7. Dogfish Head Seaquench

Availability: April – December

ABV: 4.9%

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The release of SeaQuench Ale kicked off a new partnership between Dogfish Head and the National Aquarium that will focus on inspiring conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. This session sour quencher is brewed with lime peel, black limes & sea salt.

8. Lagunitas Czech Pilsner

Availability: Year Round

ABV: 6%

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This Czech pilsner is brewed with loads of imported Saaz hops and a bottom-fermenting yeast strain that leaves it Light and Crisp, yet full of real flavor and all the things you yearn for.

9. Crux Gimme Mo IPA

Availability: Year Round

ABV: 6.2%

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Consider this the next generation IPA. It’s slightly sweet with lower ABV. It’s complex aromatic layers, suggest mango, melon, pine, and berries, are driven by whole-leaf Mosaic and Citra hops which are then balanced by an acidulated and pilsner malt bill. It’s silky smooth mouthfeel will leave you asking for “mo!”

10. Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin

Availability: Year Round

ABV: 7%

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The Pineapple Sculpin IPA came from one of many small-batch cask experiments to enhance the flavor of Ballast Point’s signature IPA. The combination of fruity flavors and hop intensity definitely packs a punch.

 

Don’t see your favorite summer beer on the list? Let us know at Social@coldist.com.

 

 

 


Blues Fest Terms and Conditions (6/27/17 – 6/29/17)

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS TIME SENSITIVE AND WILL NEED TO BE IN THE HANDS OF THE WINNER BY MONDAY, JULY 3RD.

  1. Eligibility: This social giveaway is open to all ages and does not include alcohol. Employees of Columbia Distributing are eligible to win.

2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and you represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements.

3. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on6/27/17 and end Thursday, 6/29/17 at 5:00PM Pacific Time. Depending on winner’s location, the prize can be picked up at 3601 NW Yeon ave. Portland, OR on Friday 6/30 or Columbia representative can FedEx, once the winner is announced and address is received.

4. How to Enter: Simply like the post from your personal social account and tag or comment the name of a friend. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Columbia Distributing. You may enter only once. If you use fraudulent methods, multiple identities or attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of Columbia Distributing.

5. Prizes: The Winner(s) will receive 2 tickets to the Blues Fest on Monday, July 3rd, which takes place on the Tom McCall Waterfront in Portland, Oregon, branded ice bucket, golf towel and branded hat, valued at over $200. Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. Prize may not be sold for cash or returned for cash value. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No substitution of the prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for Columbia Distributing to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation unless prohibited by law.

6. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

7. Winner Selection and Notification: Winner will be selected by a random drawing once end time occurs. The winner will be notified by Instagram or Facebook Messenger. The winner will also be announced in a separate post on the Columbia Distributing pages.  Columbia Distributing shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to blocked messages or privacy settings. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 3 days from the time award notification was sent, the winner can pick up the other prizes but the tickets will be no longer valid.

GOOD LUCK!


4th of July – Chocolate Beer Cupcakes With Whiskey Filling and Stout Frosting

The Fourth of July marks the highlight of summer for America and beer consumers. With the holiday quickly approaching, Columbia Distributing employees are delivering more than 300 brands to stores, bars and restaurants to provide a wide selection of beer for your holiday cookouts and parties!

If you aren’t sure what to bring to this year’s BBQ, here is a recipe that is sure to impress all your friends and family…

Chocolate Beer Cupcakes With Whisky Filling and Stout Frosting

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Recipe by Allison Wendt

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup stout beer
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon whiskey, or more to taste
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, or more as needed
  • 3 tablespoons Stout beer

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  3. Bring stout beer( I used New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk but you can also use Guinness Irish stout.) and 1 cup butter to a boil in a saucepan and set aside until butter has melted, stirring occasionally. Mix in cocoa powder until smooth.
  4. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
  5. Beat eggs with sour cream in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low until well combined. Slowly beat in the beer mixture, then the flour mixture; beat until the batter is smooth.
  6. Divide batter between the prepared cupcake cups, filling each cup about 2/3 full.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 17 minutes.
  8. Cool the cupcakes completely. Cut cores out of the center of each cupcake with a sharp paring knife. Discard cores.
  9. Bring cream to a simmer in a saucepan over low heat; stir in semi-sweet chocolate until melted.
  10. Mix in 2 tablespoons butter and whiskey until butter is melted; let the mixture cool to room temperature. Filling will thicken.
  11. Spoon the filling into the cored cupcakes.
  12. For frosting, whip 1/2 cup butter in a bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.
  13. Set mixer to low speed and slowly beat in confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time, until frosting is smooth and spreadable. Beat in the stout beer; adjust the thickness of frosting with more confectioners’ sugar if needed.
  14. Spread frosting on filled cupcakes.
  15. Prepare to be overwhelmed with tasty compliments!

 


Hard Cider: An American History

Hard cider was a staple in the early American diet, but by 1840 it began to disappear from the culture altogether. However, as the local and craft beer industry has exploded, hard cider has burst back onto the scene with more producers bringing it back to American taste buds.

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Initial Popularity

By the 1600s, hard cider had been popular in England for generations. Water in England was often contaminated, making hard cider a primary source of hydration for many people. It should come as no surprise that the first English settlers in North America would be familiar with cider production and eager to establish cider-pressing operations in the New World. In fact, historic folklore suggests that when a large timber on the Mayflower cracked during a strong ocean storm, the pilgrims propped it up with the large screw from their cider press.

Early settlers brought both young apple saplings and seeds to New England, and orchards were quickly established. Some orchard towns were producing 3,000 barrels of hard cider a year. Hard cider became so ubiquitous that even children consumed it with breakfast. Candidates for political office, including George Washington, used hard cider to motivate voters.

Declining Consumption and Comeback

Hard cider remained popular for several hundred years, but beginning in 1840, Americans began drinking less of it. Production declined so much over the next decades that by the time prohibition ended, hard cider had all but disappeared from American culture. Hard cider’s demise was the result of several factors, including the temperance movement. A large-scale temperance movement began in the U.S. in the 1820s and the social pressure it exerted influenced even casual hard cider users to purge it from their lives. After prohibition ended, the beer and soft drink industries took off, keeping hard cider from regaining a foothold in a country that had once prided itself on having the best cider on earth.

The craft brewery movement of recent years is responsible for returning the crisp, locally sourced beverage Americans have loved for centuries to the forefront of alcoholic beverage trends today. Try one of the many new and evolving varieties today!


Stay Warm This Winter With These 4 Tasty Drinks

During these cold winter months, there are many ways to stay cozy. Sitting by a fire, snuggling under a blanket, or enjoying a hot alcoholic beverage are fun ways to add to the holiday warmth. These four drinks can be made as listed or used as inspiration for your next holiday party or cold winter evening.

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Best Craft Breweries and Beers in Oregon

Oregon is a utopia for great craft beers, and Columbia Distributing proudly represents and delivers so many of them. However, the vast selection can be overwhelming, even for an aficionado. Explore this guide, broken down by Breweries for convenience, to find the best beers across the state. Continue reading…