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  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018 2:07 PM | Anonymous


    SPRINGFIELD, Mich. – Territorial Brewing Company, a brewery in Springfield that specializes in brewing lagers, announced today it has expanded brewing operations into a new production facility to meet increased demand by beer lovers, bars and restaurants in Battle Creek.

    The first batch of beer was brewed at the new location on Dec. 4, 2017.

    “We have struggled to brew enough beer and keep up with demand since first opening in November of 2014, and this new location will allow us to keep up with demand while staying true to the beers we love to make,” said Tim Davis, co-owner of Territorial Brewing Company.

    Up until December, Territorial was brewing beer in a space shared with its restaurant kitchen.

    “The space was incredibly cramped and we were constantly getting in the way of the kitchen staff, and vice versa,” Davis said. “In fact, it got so bad that we resorted to only brewing beer at night, when the kitchen was closed. This new location will allow us to brew beer on a more consistent schedule and keep up with demand.”

    Territorial produces mostly lager beers, which take considerably longer to ferment than ales. This limits the overall volume of beer Territorial can produce in a given time.

    “Territorial Brewing Company excels at brewing German-inspired beers that require a lengthy fermentation time and keen attention to detail, and this new production facility will allow them to meet the growing demand for these high-quality lagers,” said Bud Dunn, president of Atlas Sales Inc. “We’re proud to work hand-in-hand with small craft brewers like Territorial Brewing Company to help them grow and succeed.”

    The new production brewery is not open to the public. However, the original restaurant and taproom, located at 256 N Helmer Road, will remain open.

    “We’re proud to serve as a gathering place for so many customers who live and work nearby and thank them for their loyalty as we worked through our behind-the-scenes growing pains the last three years,” said Charles Grantier, co-owner of Territorial Brewing Company.

    “As Battle Creek’s only brewery, we want to help make Battle Creek and Springfield a fun, vibrant community and a destination for visitors near and far,” Davis said.

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  • Monday, January 15, 2018 4:15 PM | Anonymous

    Rave Associates becomes first distributor to sell 1 million case equivalents of Bell’s beer in one year

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. – As 2017 drew to a close, Rave Associates, the first distributor of Bell’s Brewery, reached a historic milestone with the Michigan craft beer institution: 1 million case equivalents sold in one year. A case equivalent is equal to one case of beer, or 24, 12 oz. cans or bottles. It’s the first time a beer distributor in Michigan, or any other state, has reached that achievement with Bell’s.

    “Batch-after-batch, year-after-year the quality of Bell’s beer is consistent, and that commitment to quality has elevated Bell’s to one of the best-known and most well-respected breweries in the country,” said Jim Warbritton, president of Rave Associates. “We’re honored and humbled that Larry Bell entrusted us to be his first distributor.”

    Rave Associates brought Bell’s aboard in 1989, when the brewery was just 4 years old, and founder Larry Bell was delivering beer himself.

    “When we first started distributing Bell’s they were our smallest supplier, but now we have multiple trucks going in and out of our warehouse every day,” Warbritton said.

    “We’re grateful to Rave Associates for taking a chance on our small Michigan craft brewery 29 years ago, and we’re proud to have grown our two businesses together,” said Larry Bell, founder of Bell’s Brewery. “From the front office to the sales team, and all stops in between, Rave Associates is committed to ensuring our beer arrives to retailers as fresh as possible.“

    Not surprisingly, two of Bell’s most popular beers, Oberon and Two Hearted, were among the biggest sellers for Rave Associates in 2017. According to Warbritton, Oberon is one of the most recognizable beers in Michigan, while Two Hearted is consistently a top rated, or the very top rated, American IPA by beer experts. Last year, Zymurgy Magazine named Two Hearted “Best Beer in America.”

    Rave Associates, headquartered in Ann Arbor, employs over 100 people and services retailers in Genesee, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw and Wayne Counties.

    Bell’s Brewery attached an array of balloons to the 1 millionth case headed to Rave Associates to mark the occasion. Photo courtesy Bell’s Brewery.

  • Friday, November 10, 2017 11:11 AM | Anonymous

    Veterans utilize skills honed from years of military service to help suppliers and retailers succeed

    WARREN, Mich. – Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the nation’s second largest premium wine and spirits distributor, is taking special steps this Veterans Day to honor the 637 associates who have served in our armed forces.

    “Our employees who have bravely defended our country bring a unique skillset to the job, including self-discipline and a commitment to teamwork that make them ready to take on any task from day one,” said Tom Cole, president and CEO of RNDC. “These skills help local retailers and our beer and wine suppliers throughout the state and around the world succeed today and in the future.”

    Michigan is home to more than 670,000 veterans, according to 2015 data from the U.S. Census Bureau. There are more than 21 million veterans across the U.S.

    Added Cole, “We are proud to hire veterans and are committed to ensuring those who have served our country have access to a fulfilling and high-quality career when they return home.”

    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations across 22 states and the District of Columbia. RNDC operates out of four locations in Michigan: Warren, Brownstown, Byron Center and Escanaba.

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    About Republic National Distributing Company

    RNDC is the second largest distributor of premium wine and spirits in the United States with operations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. RNDC employs more than 9500 individuals nationwide. For more information about the company, visit www.rndc-usa.com.


  • Friday, November 10, 2017 11:03 AM | Anonymous

    Veterans utilize skills honed from years of military service to help suppliers and retailers succeed

    ORION, MI – As Veterans Day approaches, Powers Distributing is taking special steps to honor 22 employees who have served in our armed forces.

    “Our employees who have bravely defended our country bring a unique skillset to the job, including self-discipline and a commitment to teamwork that make them ready to take on any task from day one,” said Gary Thompson, chief operating officer and general manager of Powers Distributing. “These skills help local retailers and our beer and wine suppliers throughout the state and around the world succeed today and in the future.”

    Michigan is home to more than 670,000 veterans, according to 2015 data from the U.S. Census Bureau. There are more than 21 million veterans across the U.S.

    “We are proud to hire veterans and are committed to ensuring those who have served our country have access to a fulfilling and high-quality career when they return home,” said Thompson.

    Powers Distributing, a locally-owned, independent distributor located in Orion, services Oakland and Macomb counties.

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  • Thursday, November 09, 2017 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    Michigan beer, wine and spirits distributor continues charitable giving at home and afar

    DETROIT – Great Lakes Wine & Spirits (GLWAS), Michigan’s largest distributor of beer, wine and spirits, today announced it is donating $100,000 to California wildfire relief funds. The distributor is donating $50,000 to both the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund and the Sonoma County Community Foundation Resilience Fund.

    “Watching the destruction and devastation unfold in California’s wine country has been heartbreaking for me and the team at Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, and we wanted to reach out and do something to help,” said Lew Cooper III, Co-CEO at GLWAS. “We’re hopeful this donation can help some of the thousands of people left homeless or jobless get back on their feet and pick up the pieces from these catastrophic fires.”

    California winemakers and distributors have worked hard to keep their business online amid the devastating fires. There were only temporary shutdowns of some distribution centers and warehouses during the wildfires, and GLWAS did not have any orders reduced, cancelled or retracted because of the fires.

    “The determination to maintain business as usual in the midst of this widespread disaster is a testament to the resilience of our California wine industry partners,” Cooper said.

    “Many of our suppliers and their vineyards in California came away unscathed, but we know not everyone was so fortunate,” said Syd Ross, Co-CEO of GLWAS. “Our hearts go out to all of those who suffered the loss of loved ones or their homes or businesses.”

    This is not the first charitable effort this year by GLWAS and its employees to help those impacted by a natural disaster. In September, the distributor donated a tractor-trailer to be filled with supplies to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. GLWAS also recently donated $5,000 to Jack Daniels’ Operation Ride Home – which helps members of our military get home for the holidays – and sponsored an event that raised $58,000 for North Central Michigan College.

    “Beer and wine distributors and their employees have long been leaders in charitable giving at home and beyond, and we’re proud to reach out and help those in need, whether they’re in our own backyard or thousands of miles away,” Ross said.

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    Great Lakes Wine & Spirits is a wine, spirits and beer distributor that services nearly 17,000 accounts in all 83 Michigan counties on both peninsulas. For more information, please visit www.GLWAS.com.


  • Thursday, November 09, 2017 9:29 AM | Anonymous

    Veterans utilize skills honed from years of military service to help suppliers and retailers succeed

    PORT HURON, Mich. – As Veterans Day approaches, Earl Smith Distributing Co. is taking special steps to honor three employees who have served in our armed forces.

    “Our employees who have bravely defended our country bring a unique skillset to the job, including self-discipline and a commitment to teamwork that make them ready to take on any task from day one,” said Erik Smith, vice president of operations at Earl Smith Distributing Co.. “These skills help local retailers and our beer and wine suppliers throughout the state and around the world succeed today and in the future.”

    Michigan is home to more than 670,000 veterans, according to 2015 data from the U.S. Census Bureau. There are more than 21 million veterans across the U.S.

    “We are proud to hire veterans and are committed to ensuring those who have served our country have access to a fulfilling and high-quality career when they return home,” said Smith.

    Earl Smith Distributing Co., a family-owned, independent beer distributor located in Port Huron, services four counties in Michigan’s Thumb area.

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  • Thursday, September 28, 2017 10:36 AM | Anonymous

    O&W Inc. hopes to raise $5,000 in October through sales of a limited release beer from Green Flash Brewing

    Ypsilanti, Mich. – O&W Inc., a family owned, independent beer distributor based in Ypsilanti, is setting an ambitious goal to raise $5,000 for breast cancer research through sales of Green Flash Brewing Company’s Treasure Chest, an IPA brewed with passion fruit.

    Throughout the month of October, for every pint of Treasure Chest sold during special events, O&W Inc. will donate $1, the retailer hosting the event will donate $1 and Green Flash will donate $1.

    “We’re proud to work together with Green Flash Brewing and retailers throughout southeast Michigan to raise money for such an important cause,” said Kit Wanty-Lambert, vice president of Marketing for O&W Inc. “We applaud Green Flash for taking a creative and innovative approach to raising awareness of breast cancer and funding for breast cancer research.”

    Green Flash Co-Founder Lisa Hinkley, a breast cancer survivor, is passionate about giving back to those whose lives have been affected by this disease. Through the Treasure Chest program, now in its seventh year, the brewery has raised over $300,000.

    “As a breast cancer survivor, I am encouraged to see the Treasure Chest program grow every year,” Hinkley said. “Through the unwavering support of our customers, distributors and retailers, we are making strides in our efforts to raise money towards awareness and prevention, and I am hopeful the program will only continue to make a difference in the lives of individuals affected by breast cancer. I applaud O&W Inc. for their commitment to finding a cure for this disease.”

    Green Flash first brewed Treasure Chest in 2011 and has rotated through different styles every year. This year’s iteration is a bright and tropical IPA featuring Green Bullet, Warrior, Citra, Cascade and Simcoe hops. The beer is finished with an infusion of passion fruit tea.

    You can find a full list of Treasure Chest events in southeast Michigan here.


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  • Friday, September 08, 2017 4:52 PM | Anonymous

    Michigan’s largest alcohol distributor to transport supplies donated by Oakland County residents

    DETROIT – Great Lakes Wine & Spirits (GLWAS), Michigan’s largest distributor of beer, wine and spirits, is transporting supplies donated by Oakland County residents later this week to Texas to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The distributor is donating a semitrailer for the journey to and from Texas.

    “After seeing the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey we wanted to help in the best way we can,” said Lew Cooper III, Co-CEO at Great Lakes Wine and Spirits. “We’re hopeful the supplies collected this week from Oakland County residents will help individuals and families who have had their lives uprooted by this storm begin the rebuilding process.”

    Oakland County residents have donated a wide-range of household items including cleaning supplies, diapers and pet food.

    “We’re grateful to Oakland County residents for the outpouring of support and to Great Lakes Wine and Spirits for generously donating a semi-truck and a driver’s time to transport these much-needed items to Texas,” said Oakland County Deputy County Executive Phil Bertolini. “It has been heartwarming to see so many residents of Oakland County open their hearts and their pocketbooks to help those in need.”

    Bertolini is coordinating the effort. His brother, a Houston resident, retired from the Houston Police Department earlier this year.

    “Most of us take the items we’re transporting to Texas for granted, but for many residents these are critical household items that are difficult to find,” said Syd Ross, Co-CEO of Great Lakes Wine and Spirits.

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    Great Lakes Wine & Spirits is a wine, spirits and beer distributor that services nearly 17,000 accounts in all 83 Michigan counties on both peninsulas. For more information, please visit www.GLWAS.com.

  • Monday, August 21, 2017 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    Revolution Brewing kicks off statewide launch Monday, Aug. 21

    CHICAGO – One-of-a-kind beers from Revolution Brewing, Chicago’s largest independent craft brewer, are available throughout the state beginning Monday, Aug. 21 through the M1 Network, a group of 10 MillerCoors distributors in Michigan.

    “We’re proud to bring such a highly-decorated craft brewery into the fold and introduce Revolution Brewing’s iconic and innovative styles to beer lovers throughout Michigan,” said Kit Wanty-Lambert, president of the M1 Network. “Our network of 10 distributors is proud to employ over 1,200 people, including more than 200 Cicerone Certified Beer Servers and nearly a dozen Certified Cicerones.”

    The founder of Revolution Brewing and many of the brewery’s employees have deep ties to Michigan, making their launch in the state a homecoming to many.

    “We are especially proud to bring our beers to Michigan because my wife Krista grew up there and that’s where we met during college,” said Josh Deth, founder of Revolution Brewing. “Michigan is where I brewed my first batches of homebrew and got hooked on beer culture.”

    “Josh celebrated his 21st birthday at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor while attending the University of Michigan, and some 20 years later he is returning to see his beer added to the renowned craft beer bar’s tap list,” said Wanty-Lambert. Ashley’s is hosting a Revolution Brewing launch party on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

    Revolution’s flagship IPA, Anti-Hero, and Mosaic Hero, which is part of the Hero Series line of specialty IPAs, will make up the initial rollout in Michigan. A special batch of Local Hero is also being brewed exclusively for the Michigan launch, made entirely with hops grown at Hop Head Farms in Hickory Corners, Michigan. Seasonal beers, beginning with Oktoberfest and later this year, the Deep Wood Series of barrel‐aged beers, will follow.

    With the addition of Michigan, Revolution is now available in eight states throughout the Midwest and East Coast.

    The M1 Network is made up of the following distributors: Alpena Beverage (Alpena), Alliance Beverage (Grand Rapids), Dan Henry Distributing (Lansing), Eastown Distributors (Highland Park), Great Lakes Wine and Spirits (Highland Park), Gerry’s Distributing (Port Huron), I.H.S. Distributing (Kalamazoo), John P. O’Sullivan Distributing (Flint), O&W Inc. (Ypsilanti) and Powers Distributing (Orion).

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  • Friday, August 18, 2017 2:44 PM | Anonymous

    CHICAGO – Available outside the Chicagoland area for the first time, Begyle Brewing has expanded distribution to Southeast Michigan. A selection of their flagship beers will be available on draft, and in 6-packs of cans, with seasonal beers and specialty brews to be released in the future.

    The brewery’s core range includes: Begyle Blonde (Blonde Ale Brewed with Honey), Free Bird (American Pale Ale), Crash Landed (American Pale Wheat Ale) and Hophazardly (American India Pale Ale). These, and future offerings, will be distributed through Rave Associates of Ann Arbor.

    Founded in 2012 by Southeast Michigan natives Kevin Cary and Matt Ritchey, Begyle Brewing has strong ties to the Mitten. Owner Kevin Cary shares his excitement for the partnership with Rave Associates and the expansion to Michigan: “Since the beginning, we’ve imagined seeing our product on the shelves and in the glasses of our favorite party stores and bars, and in the hands of some of our favorite people. This truly is a dream come true and we’re excited to come home.”

    As a company, Begyle Brewing prides itself on offering a diverse and approachable selection of quality beer that brings people together. With their CSB (community supported brewery) program, they’ve built a community of beer lovers, offering members 6 or 12-month growler-fill subscriptions. By hosting events and supporting local organizations, they’ve also strengthened their connection to the community at large. Located in the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor of Chicago (also known as “Malt Row”), Begyle’s brewery and taproom have become a neighborhood staple, as well as a destination for travelers.

    As the Begyle community expands into Michigan, follow Begyle Brewing and Rave Associates on social media for events and tastings near you, as well as additional information on where to locate Begyle’s beers.

    Sign up for the Begyle newsletter for more detailed updates and upcoming availability.

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    About Rave Associates:

    Rave Associates has been in business for over 40+ years serving the needs of Southeastern Michigan. Our distributorship serves licensed accounts all over the nine county Southeastern Michigan market inclusive of Genesee, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw & Wayne Counties. Rave Associates also proudly represents many of its brands throughout all 83 counties in the State of Michigan through its sub-Distributor network. In addition to our fine Beer & Wine distributorship - McCann Transportation serves as a consolidator and trucking agent for goods shipping from all points in the U.S.


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