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  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    Ypsilanti-based beer distributor represents 12 Michigan craft breweries, 11 of which will be pouring at the festival

    YPSILANTI, Mich. – O&W Inc., a family owned, independent beer distributor serving southeast Michigan, is delivering more than 170 kegs of 107 different styles of beer to the Summer Beer Festival in Ypsilanti this weekend.

    “We’re thrilled to work with some of Michigan’s most creative and talented craft brewers and we are eager to have their beers showcased at the summer’s biggest beer festival,” said Kit Wanty-Lambert, VP of Marketing for O&W Inc. “Everything from lagers and pilsners to double IPAs and barrel-aged stouts will be pouring this weekend from the 11 craft brewers we distribute. There’s sure to be something for everyone.”

    The Summer Beer Festival is the Michigan Brewers Guild’s longest running beer festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend. In total, 1,000 Michigan breweries will be pouring more than 1,000 different beers.

    “We’re proud to take part in such an iconic festival and to see our brands shine on such a large stage,” said Wanty-Lambert. “The Summer Beer Festival is a great place to sample different beers from breweries all over the state and meet the people behind those beers.”

    Breweries distributed by O&W Inc. taking part in the Summer Beer Festival include:

    Axle Brewing Company Lansing Brewing Company

    Brew Detroit Latitude 42 Brewing Company

    Cheboygan Brewing Company The Mitten Brewing Company

    Dragonmead Microbrewery Right Brain Brewery

    Griffin Claw Brewing Company Saugatuck Brewing Company

    Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 3:30 PM | Anonymous

    Public Act 87 increases penalties, brings them in line with illegally shipped spirits

    LANSING – The Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association today applauded Gov. Rick Snyder for signing into law House Bill 4557. The legislation will increase penalties for illegally shipping beer or wine into the state, and bring those penalties in line with the penalties for illegally shipping spirits.

    This legislation passed the Michigan Senate in late June and the House in May by overwhelming margins and with strong, bipartisan support. It makes illegally shipping large amounts of wine or beer into the state punishable by a fine ranging from $500 to $5,000, along with the possibility of four years in jail depending on the amount shipped.

    “We applaud Gov. Snyder for swiftly signing this important legislation into law,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association. “Illegal shipments of beer and wine have deprived the state of millions of dollars in much-needed tax revenue. By establishing these stricter penalties we can ensure everyone is playing by the rules.”

    A comprehensive study conducted in 2015 by the Hill Group found an estimated $64 million worth of wine is purchased from third parties and shipped illegally into the state every year.

    In January, Gov. Snyder signed Public Act 520 into law, which gave the state additional tools to monitor shipments of wine and beer into the state. This law requires common carriers, such as FedEx and UPS, to report to the state what was shipped and where it was purchased. This reporting will allow for better tracking of illegal alcohol shipments into the state and allow Michigan’s attorney general to identify the bad actors.

    “These laws create the framework and necessary fines to end illegal alcohol shipments into the state,” said Nevins.

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  • Friday, June 30, 2017 12:51 PM | Anonymous

    Petoskey beer distributor working hand-in-glove with retailers to ensure they’re well-stocked

    PETOSKEY, Mich. – Every year Americans purchase more than $1 billion worth of beer over the 4th of July holiday, and Bayside Beverage is putting in extra hours this week to ensure bars, stores and restaurants are well-stocked ahead of the biggest weekend of the year for beer sales.

    “We pride ourselves in working hand-in-glove with retailers big and small to help them grow, create jobs and succeed,” said Mark Noll, VP of beer sales at Bayside Beverage. “We’re delivering thousands of cases of beer and dozens of kegs every day to bars, restaurants and stores to ensure beer is flowing from tap handles and store shelves are well-stocked throughout the long holiday weekend.”

    According to data released last month by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute, Michigan’s beer industry pumped more than $10.5 billion into the state’s economy in 2016. Distributors alone employ 4,752 people and have a direct economic impact of more than $860 million statewide.

    “Consumers have endless options to choose from this weekend, from beer brewed right here in Michigan to nationally-acclaimed and world-renowned brands,” said Noll. “We’re proud to partner with suppliers from across the country and around the world to ensure our retailers have an unparalleled selection for their customers, and to help fuel the continued growth of Michigan’s craft breweries and brewpubs.”

    Bayside Beverage is a family–owned beer distributor servicing 26 counties in Northern Michigan.

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  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    Mid-Michigan beer distributor working hand-in-glove with retailers to ensure they’re well-stocked

    OWOSSO, Mich. – Every year Americans purchase more than $1 billion worth of beer over the 4th of July holiday, and Main Beverage Company is putting in extra hours this week to ensure bars, stores and restaurants are well-stocked ahead of the biggest weekend of the year for beer sales.

    “We pride ourselves in working hand-in-glove with retailers big and small to help them grow, create jobs and succeed,” said Keith Maike, president of Main Beverage Company. “We’re delivering thousands of cases of beer and dozens of kegs every day to bars, restaurants and stores to ensure beer is flowing from tap handles and store shelves are well-stocked throughout the long holiday weekend.”

    According to data released last month by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute, Michigan’s beer industry pumped more than $10.5 billion into the state’s economy in 2016. Distributors alone employ 4,752 people and have a direct economic impact of more than $860 million statewide.

    “Consumers have endless options to choose from this weekend, from beer brewed right here in Michigan to nationally-acclaimed and world-renowned brands,” said Maike. “We’re proud to partner with suppliers from across the country and around the world to ensure our retailers have an unparalleled selection for their customers, and to help fuel the continued growth of Michigan’s craft breweries and brewpubs.”

    Main Beverage Company is a family-owned beer distributor servicing Shiawassee and parts of Saginaw and Clinton Counties.

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  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Thumb area beer distributor working hand-in-glove with retailers to ensure they’re well-stocked

    PORT HURON, Mich. – Every year Americans purchase more than $1 billion worth of beer over the 4th of July holiday, and Earl Smith Distributing is putting in extra hours this week to ensure bars, stores and restaurants are well-stocked ahead of the biggest weekend of the year for beer sales.

    “We pride ourselves in working hand-in-glove with retailers big and small to help them grow, create jobs and succeed,” said Erik Smith Sr., VP of operations at Earl Smith Distributing. “We’re delivering thousands of cases of beer and dozens of kegs every day to bars, restaurants and stores to ensure beer is flowing from tap handles and store shelves are well-stocked throughout the long holiday weekend.”

    According to data released last month by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute, Michigan’s beer industry pumped more than $10.5 billion into the state’s economy in 2016. Distributors alone employ 4,752 people and have a direct economic impact of more than $860 million statewide.

    “Consumers have endless options to choose from this weekend, from beer brewed right here in Michigan to nationally-acclaimed and world-renowned brands,” said Smith Sr. “We’re proud to partner with suppliers from across the country and around the world to ensure our retailers have an unparalleled selection for their customers, and to help fuel the continued growth of Michigan’s craft breweries and brewpubs.”

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

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  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 4:14 PM | Anonymous

    Northern Michigan beer distributor working hand-in-glove with retailers to ensure they’re well-stocked

    WEST BRANCH, Mich. – Every year Americans purchase more than $1 billion worth of beer over the 4th of July holiday, and Griffin Beverage Company is putting in extra hours this week to ensure bars, stores and restaurants are well-stocked ahead of the biggest weekend of the year for beer sales.

    “We pride ourselves in working hand-in-glove with retailers big and small to help them grow, create jobs and succeed,” said Bob Griffin Jr, general manager of Griffin Beverage. “We’re delivering thousands of cases of beer and dozens of kegs every day to bars, restaurants and stores to ensure beer is flowing from tap handles and store shelves are well-stocked throughout the long holiday weekend.”

    According to data released last month by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute, Michigan’s beer industry pumped more than $10.5 billion into the state’s economy in 2016. Distributors alone employ 4,752 people and have a direct economic impact of more than $860 million statewide.

    “Consumers have endless options to choose from this weekend, from beer brewed right here in Michigan to nationally-acclaimed and world-renowned brands,” said Griffin Jr. “We’re proud to partner with suppliers from across the country and around the world to ensure our retailers have an unparalleled selection for their customers, and to help fuel the continued growth of Michigan’s craft breweries and brewpubs.”

    Griffin Beverage Company, a family owned beer distributor, services 43 counties throughout Michigan with warehouses in Alpena, Marquette, Saginaw, St. Ignace and West Branch.

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  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 4:13 PM | Anonymous

    Cheboygan County beer distributor working hand-in-glove with retailers to ensure they’re well-stocked

    INDIAN RIVER, Mich. – Every year Americans purchase more than $1 billion worth of beer over the 4th of July holiday, and Huron Distributors Inc. is putting in extra hours this week to ensure bars, stores and restaurants are well-stocked ahead of the biggest weekend of the year for beer sales.

    “We pride ourselves in working hand-in-glove with retailers big and small to help them grow, create jobs and succeed,” said Clayton Southwell, sales manager for Huron Distributors Inc.’s Indian River location. “We’re delivering thousands of cases of beer and dozens of kegs every day to bars, restaurants and stores to ensure beer is flowing from tap handles and store shelves are well-stocked throughout the long holiday weekend.”

    According to data released last month by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute, Michigan’s beer industry pumped more than $10.5 billion into the state’s economy in 2016. Distributors alone employ 4,752 people and have a direct economic impact of more than $860 million statewide.

    “Consumers have endless options to choose from this weekend, from beer brewed right here in Michigan to nationally-acclaimed and world-renowned brands,” said Southwell. “We’re proud to partner with suppliers from across the country and around the world to ensure our retailers have an unparalleled selection for their customers, and to help fuel the continued growth of Michigan’s craft breweries and brewpubs.”

    Huron Distributors Inc. is a northern Michigan family–owned beer distributor servicing five counties out of its Indian River warehouse and six counties out of its Alpena warehouse.

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  • Thursday, June 22, 2017 3:11 PM | Anonymous

    House Bill 4557 will increase penalties, bring them in line with illegally shipped spirits

    LANSING – The Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association today applauded the Michigan Senate for overwhelmingly approving House Bill 4557, which would increase the penalties for illegally shipping wine or beer into Michigan and bring those penalties in line with illegally shipping spirits into the state.

    The legislation, which now awaits Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature after passing the House in May, makes illegally shipping large amounts of wine or beer into the state punishable by a fine ranging from $500 to $5,000, and four years in jail depending on the amount shipped.

    “These penalties will serve as a strong deterrent to unlicensed, bad actors that are illegally shipping millions of dollars worth of beer and wine into the state without paying state taxes,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association. “We applaud the Legislature for adding teeth to a statute that will make skirting state law a costly mistake.”

    HB 4557 is a follow-up to Public Act 520 of 2016, which was signed into law by Gov. Snyder in January. The new law will help the state identify illegal shippers of alcohol by requiring common carriers, such as FedEx and UPS, to report to the state what was shipped and where it was purchased.

    “This common-sense legislation, coupled with a law giving the state additional tools to monitor shipments of wine and beer into the state will create the framework and necessary fines to end illegal alcohol shipments into the state,” said Nevins. “We urge Gov. Snyder to swiftly sign this important legislation into law.”

    A comprehensive study conducted by the Hill Group in 2015 found an estimated $64 million worth of wine is purchased from third parties and shipped illegally into the state annually, depriving the state of millions of dollars in much-needed tax revenue.

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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    Wine connoisseurs are encouraged to drink local throughout May during Michigan Wine Month

    Kalamazoo, Mich. – Imperial Beverage is proud to join in the month-long celebration of Michigan wine during Michigan wine month, which runs through May.

    “Michigan is a world-class grape growing state, which means our winemakers have a great starting point to create fantastic wines,” said Joe Cekola, President of Imperial Beverage. “As an independent, family owned and operated wine distributor, we’re proud to play a role in the ongoing success of Michigan’s wine industry.”

    Michigan is the fifth-largest grape-producing state in the nation and is a top 10 winemaker. Our state boasts more than 100 wineries, which produce 2.3 million gallons of wine each year.

    “Michigan wineries are receiving praise nationally and internationally, and the state is quickly becoming a must-visit region for wine connoisseurs and novices alike,” said Cekola. “We’re thrilled Michigan winemakers have received such well-deserved attention and we look forward to helping them grow and thrive.”

    Imperial Beverage proudly distributes the following Michigan-made wines:

    B. Nektar Mead - bnektar.com
    Bowers Harbor Wine - bowersharbor.com
    Fenn Valley Wine - fennvalley.com
    Forty Five North Vineyard - fortyfivenorth.com
    Free Run Cellars
    - drinkmichigan.com/free-run-cellars
    Henderson Castle Winery - hendersoncastle.com
    Laurentide Winery - laurentidewinery.com
    Left Foot Charley - leftfootcharley.com
    Marland by Wyncroft - wyncroftwine.com
    Round Barn Winery - drinkmichigan.com/round-barn
    Saint Ambrose Cellars - stambrose-mead-wine.com
    Warner Wines - warnerwines.com

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  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 11:25 AM | Anonymous

    New report shows Michigan’s beer distributors pump nearly $1 billion into Michigan’s economy and employ nearly 5,000 people

    LANSING – A new report released today shows just how big of a business beer is in Michigan. The Beer Serves America data, released by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute, finds the state’s beer industry had an overall economic impact of more than $10.5 billion in 2016.

    “Michigan’s independent, locally owned beer distributors strive to support small businesses, like craft brewers and local retailers, and help them grow and thrive on a level playing field,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association. “This new data shows that Michigan’s beer industry is flourishing, and the state’s beer distributors are proud to play a role in its ongoing success.”

    According to the report, Michigan beer distributors employ 4,752 people and have a direct economic impact of more than $860 million.

    “Michigan’s beer distributors have deep roots in their communities and are proud to hire locally to fill jobs that pay well with good benefits,” said Nevins. “Thanks to Michigan’s beer distributors, our state is a top five beer producer in the country and is poised to keep growing through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field.”

    The state’s entire beer industry, which includes brewers, distributors, retailers and supporting industries like agriculture, transportation and manufacturing, pumped more than $10.5 billion into Michigan’s economy in 2016.

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