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    Portfolio & Footprint Exchange


    North Texas beer distributors Fisher 59 & Andrews Distributing have signed an letter of intent (LOI) to engage in a strategic exchange of portions of their portfolios...


    Portfolio & Footprint Exchange

    February 20, 2019, DALLAS -- North Texas beer distributors Fisher59 and Andrews Distributing Company have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to engage in a strategic exchange of portions of their portfolios and will modify distribution territories to allow both distributors to better serve their customers. The improvement goes into effect April 13.

    Andrews will no longer distribute beer brands within Denton County and will transition rights to Fisher59, with the exception of the portion south of Highway 121. In exchange, Fisher59 will transition distribution rights for their brands in the Prosper, Frisco, Celina areas of Collin County and south of HW 121 in Denton County.

    The cleanup of the businesses’ distribution footprints serves as a win-win for Andrews and Fisher59. Each team will now have a more complete, high-share portfolio to better serve their customers, while also creating an opportunity for stronger operations. Team members for both distributors will shift within their organizations to meet new needs and grow with this opportunity.

    “Fisher59 is excited to work with Andrews Distributing and our suppliers to build on our superior portfolio and continue to enhance our ability to meet the needs of our outstanding customers,” said Tom McElveney, President & CEO of Fisher59 in Denton. “This expansion of our brand selection enhances our ability to meet the demands of the consumer and builds on the legacy of the Fisher family in Denton County since 1959. We look forward to continuing the great service and attention to detail that these brands have enjoyed with Andrews Distributing through the years.”

    “We are very thankful to have the chance to work with the Fisher59 team on this exchange to elevate our businesses in a new way,” Andrews President and CEO Mike McGuire said. “Creating this opportunity for both teams allows us to maximize our customers’ beer category and be more strategically aligned to serve retail partners and their customers. I look forward to building brands across North Texas and to see the growth to come for team members at Fisher59 and Andrews.”


    About Fisher59
    Fisher59 has continued to build on the legacy that began in 1959 with founder Clyde D. Fisher of Muenster, Texas. Having grown to distribution facilities in Denton and Wichita Falls, Texas and Lawton, Oklahoma, Fisher59 sells over 5 million cases in 36 counties in North Texas and Southern Oklahoma, with over 400 employees. These team members take great pride in offering superior customer service while representing our brands in a professional and collaborative spirit. Fisher59 honors and celebrates the legacy of family while distributing exceptional brands to extraordinary customers. www.fisher59.com

    About Andrews Distributing
    Andrews Distributing Company is one of the nation’s largest beer distributors with facilities in Dallas, Allen, Corpus Christi and Fort Worth, Texas. Andrews employs 1,500 proud team members who manage distribution centers totaling more than one million square feet and deliver more than 34 million cases annually. The Andrews team distributes over 700 beer brands to 25 North and South Texas counties. Andrews is dedicated to being a marketing and technology leader in the industry with the focus of serving retail customers, Building Brands and celebrating a winning team culture.

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    Andrews Community Award


    Dallas Tavern Guild held their annual Dallas Pride VIP
    reception and awards presentation Sept. 13. The Andrews team was awarded Outstanding Community Support.

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    Andrews Community Award

    September 19, 2018, DALLAS -- Cheers to this! Dallas Tavern Guild held their annual Dallas Pride VIP
    reception and awards presentation Sept. 13. The Andrews team was awarded Outstanding Community

    The awards presentation recognized valuable partners and supporters prior to the 35th annual Alan Ross
    Texas Freedom Parade. Andrews has worked with Dallas Tavern Guild in support of Dallas Pride
    festivities for 15 years, and this is the first year Andrews received the award. Partnering brand sponsors
    in 2018 include Miller Lite, Revolver Brewing and Dos XX.

    According to the Dallas Pride website, Dallas Tavern Guild is a group of 16 LGBT bars and nightclubs
    dedicated to serving the Dallas community in a safe and comfortable environment. The group raises
    money for selected charities and community service agencies throughout the year.

    Michael Doughman, Dallas Tavern Guild executive director, said the support the Andrews team provides
    is much more than a sponsorship.

    “Over the past 15 years, our relationship with the Andrews family has been one of support and growth,”
    Doughman said. “We have been partners in elevating the diversity and inclusion of the corporate world
    with our LGBTQ community. More than a brand, and more than a marketing strategy, we have all grown
    and learned, and our friendships have only strengthened with each passing year. To leaders Barry
    Andrews, Mike McGuire and the entire Andrews family, we are eternally grateful.”

    Daniel Hickman, Andrews marketing execution manager, said this award demonstrates the strength of
    the partnership between Dallas Tavern Guild and Andrews.

    “The success of our partnership is owed entirely to the people behind both Dallas Tavern Guild and
    Andrews,” Hickman said. “The story of this 15-year partnership is grounded in the special relationships
    developed between Andrews team members and leaders in the LGBTQ community. We are humbled to
    receive this recognition and are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with partners we call

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    HUSA Red Star Award


    HEINEKEN USA announced Andrews Distributing received the organization’s top Red Star Award at the company’s annual National Distributor Conference Oct. 24.

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    HUSA Red Star Award

    November 6, 2017, DALLAS, TX -- HEINEKEN USA announced Andrews Distributing of Dallas, TX received the organization’s top Red Star Award for its efforts in driving the success of the HEINEKEN USA portfolio at the company’s annual National Distributor Conference Oct. 24.

    The program is designed to honor the balanced efforts by distributors against the drivers of HEINEKEN USA volume, distribution, and display execution. Distributors across the U.S. compete against peers of similar size and geography, and the award is given to the distributor partners who go above and beyond the average market results. Four Region Groups are divided into three Regional Tiers defined by total HEINEKEN USA volume. A winner is selected in each Region, at each Tier, resulting in 12 Regional winners and one Overall winner.

    In line with HEINEKEN USA’s new sales vision, “Profit From a World of Experience,” Andrews has helped provide locally and culturally relevant solutions in partnership with the HEINEKEN USA team, while helping connect retailers, bars and restaurants with the right HEINEKEN beers and ciders, in the right places that drive accelerated growth. Andrews was honored for its execution that crossed portfolio lines and results that exceeded industry standards. In a year where the industry was declining overall, the Red Star Award winner grew the HEINEKEN USA business 6.9 percent in 2016, led by Tecate Light +54%, Dos Equis Lager +11%, Heineken +4% and Strongbow Cider +8.2%. In line with HEINEKEN USA’s focused on-premise strategy, Andrews also added 143 new handles of Dos Equis Lager in the North Texas Market and increased draft volume 14.3 percent.

    “Each year, we present the Red Star Award to honor a distributor partner who delivers the highest levels of support into our mutual business,” said Ray Faust, vice president, sales, HEINEKEN USA. “From broad investments in the portfolio to incremental work both on premise and off, our partners’ efforts are essential in driving success. Last year, Andrews showed they are not afraid to invest in our portfolio, and the results for both parties have been tremendous.”

    Jill Newman, Andrews director of import brands, said receiving the Red Star Award is a great honor celebrated by the entire team.

    “It’s a huge honor to be recognized by a partner like HEINEKEN USA as the top distributor in the country, and even more fulfilling to receive the award in our hometown,” Newman said. “The Andrews team strives to perform at the highest level each day. This is made possible by the support we receive from HEINEKEN USA with their great portfolio of products, consumer market insights and the teams who help us deliver against our goals.”

    In addition to driving the success of the HEINEKEN USA portfolio, Andrews serves as an industry leader in promoting a responsible consumption culture with its employees, customers and community. Andrews was awarded the 1864 Award for Responsibility in 2015 for its best-in-class practices with Heineken USA to elevate responsible consumption in both the Dallas-Fort Worth and Corpus Christi markets.

    “We are very proud each time we are recognized by our partners at HEINEKEN USA,” CEO Barry Andrews said. “This year’s Red Star Award is proof of the continued growth, improvement and strength of our people, this partnership and portfolio. We are grateful to our partner, HEINEKEN USA, for the effective tools and continued trust in our team members to win at retail. Our team looks forward to continued success."

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    Partnership with Celis Brewery


    Andrews Distributing is proud to announce a partnership with Celis Brewery of Austin, Texas.

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    Partnership with Celis Brewery

    June 23, 2017, DALLAS, TEXAS – Andrews Distributing Company is proud to announce a partnership with Celis Brewery of Austin, Texas.

    Celis Brewery is owned and operated by Christine Celis. She follows in the footsteps of her father, renowned Belgian brewer Pierre Celis, who founded the original brewery in 1992. Pierre began his brewing career in Belgium in the 1960s. Christine is restoring the family legacy with a new 22,000-square-foot brewery in northwest Austin, where the team will brew Pierre’s famous Belgian-style recipes, including award-winning witbier, Celis White.

    Christine Celis, founder and CEO of Celis Brewery, said she is excited to watch the re-introduction of Celis’ beers in North Texas.

    “Our beers from Celis Brewery were really popular in North Texas when we were first brewing in the 1990s. It is incredibly exciting to be back brewing Celis Brewery’s original recipes like the famous Celis White and Celis Grand Cru using the proprietary yeast from Belgium,” Christine said. “We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and enthusiasm we have received as we have started reintroducing our Celis beers this month. We are thrilled to be working with Andrews Distributing to make sure people in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex can find Celis beers at their favorite locations.”

    Kelli Hopson, Andrews craft brand manager, said the Andrews team looks forward to being a part of Celis’ growth and success in Texas.

    “The Celis name is famous in the beer community and is synonymous with Belgian-style beer,” Hopson said. “All of us at Andrews are thrilled to work with this award-winning team with such world-class beers. We look forward to helping them expand their presence in their home state of Texas and connecting them with beer lovers in Dallas-Fort Worth.”

    Andrews plans to launch Celis in DFW the week of July 3, with official launch events the following week. The July launch will include Celis White draft. Future plans to expand include the launch of Pale Bock and Citrus Grandis IPA draft in August, followed by Celis White, Pale Bock and Citrus Grandis IPA bottles in September.

    For additional information about Celis Brewery and upcoming events, please visit www.facebook.com/CelisBeers.

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    Partnership with Revolver


    Andrews Distributing Company is proud to announce a partnership with Revolver Brewing of Granbury, Texas.

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    Partnership with Revolver

    Sept. 12, 2016, Dallas, Texas – Andrews Distributing is proud to announce a partnership with Revolver Brewing of Granbury, Texas.

    Tenth and Blake Beer Company, the craft and import division of MillerCoors, closed on the acquisition of majority interest in Revolver on Friday. Along with this partnership, Andrews is proud to have been chosen as a key distributor for Revolver in the brewery’s home markets of Dallas and Fort Worth. 

    Revolver Brewing was founded in 2012 by father and son Ron and Rhett Keisler, along with seasoned master brewer and Cicerone Grant Wood. Revolver quickly became one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s most popular craft breweries with the success of their flagship brand, Blood & Honey American Wheat Ale. Today, Revolver has built a portfolio of more than 19 year-round, seasonal and limited release beers.

    The brewery has won 24 industry awards for their beers since its founding. Revolver has won two platinum medals and five golds, as well as a variety of other medals, at the World Beer Championship. The Revolver team has also been recognized at Best Little Brewfest in Texas and the U.S. Beer Tasting Championships.

    Mike McGuire, president of Andrews Distributing, said the Andrews team looks forward to working with Revolver and supporting such a strong local brewery.

    “It’s been great to watch Ron, Rhett, Grant and the entire Revolver team build such a strong brand in their short history,” McGuire said. “Revolver has become a local craft staple in the DFW area due to their team’s hard work and attention to detail, and we look forward to helping build their brands in our backyard for years to come.”

    “We are looking forward to working with the team at Andrews,” Rhett Keisler said. “Andrews has a reputation in the market for quality and service, and that really fits well with our ethos of hard work and doing things right. We think the combination of our beers with the distribution power and knowledge of craft beer Andrews brings to the table is going to be a powerful partnership in the market.”

    Andrews plans to begin distributing the Revolver portfolio within their North Texas territory, excluding Denton County, Sept. 12. For additional information about Revolver Brewing, please visit www.revolverbrewing.com.

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    Partnership: Armadillo Ale Works


    The Andrews Distributing team is excited to announce a partnership with local craft brewery Armadillo Ale Works of Denton, Texas.

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    Partnership: Armadillo Ale Works

    April 15, 2016, Dallas, TX – The Andrews Distributing team is excited to announce a partnership with local craft brewery Armadillo Ale Works of Denton, Texas.

    Armadillo Ale Works was founded in 2010 by Yianni Arestis and Bobby Mullins. In early 2011, the pair held a Kickstarter campaign to fund their plan to bring craft beer to Denton. After a successful campaign, they decided to create two all-natural, hand-crafted, Prohibition-inspired sodas to continue raising funds. In March of 2013, Armadillo launched their first beer, Quakertown Imperial Oatmeal Stout, followed by their Greenbelt Farmhouse Ale shortly after. The following year, the team released Brunch Money Imperial Golden Stout and WunderMelon Watermelon Kolsch.

    The Armadillo Ale Works team quickly gained a strong local following as Denton’s original craft brewery. The brewery won their first award in 2014 when they received the prestigious Gold Medal at Great American Beer Festival for Quakertown Stout. Today, Armadillo is preparing their new downtown Denton brewery location, with plans for great new brands to share with local beer lovers.

    Yianni Arestis, co-founder and CEO of Armadillo, said the team is looking forward to learning from Andrews Distributing and collaborating with the team to expand the brewery’s reach and vision.

    “We are looking forward to working more closely with the people from Andrews Distributing,” Arestis said. “We’ve been impressed with the caliber of team members we’ve met thus far and we think there is a lot of knowledge for us to gain in the future. We were very glad to find a company that understands our visions and concept so well and is excited to help us achieve our goals.”

    Kelli Hopson, Andrews brand manager for Armadillo, said the new partnership will create exciting opportunities to share great local beers with DFW craft beer lovers.

    “We have been so impressed by the story of Armadillo Ale Works since our first encounter with Founders Bobby and Yianni,” Hopson said. “They are developing a portfolio of unique beer styles that incorporate local, and some unexpected, ingredients. Andrews is honored to be the partner that will get Armadillo beer back into the hands of local beer drinkers.”

    Andrews will kick off the launch of Armadillo Ale Works this summer with a new draft offering, Honey Please. A beer with deep roots, Honey Please is a blonde ale brewed with Texas wildflower honey and mesquite beans. The addition of mesquite beans in alcohol production dates back to the early 20th century, and gives this beer a complexity of flavors unmatched by any other. Honey Please is the first taste of a full portfolio to come that will focus on unique innovation and flavor.

    For additional information about Armadillo Ale Works, please visit www.armadilloaleworks.com.

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    Partnership with Four Corners


    Andrews Distributing Company is proud to announce a partnership with Dallas’ own Four Corners Brewing Company.

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    Partnership with Four Corners

    April 1, 2016, Dallas, TX – Andrews Distributing Company is proud to announce a partnership with Dallas’ own Four Corners Brewing Company.

    Four Corners was founded in 2012 by George Esquivel, Greg Leftwich and Steve Porcari after the three met during a local homebrewer competition, Brew Riot, in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas. The three shared not only enthusiasm for craft beer, but also an intense desire for better craft beer culture in North Texas. After the founding of Four Corners Brewing Co., the trio sold their first keg of Local Buzz in November 2012, which remains a bestseller today.

    Today, the Four Corners team brews an entire portfolio of unique, delicious beers accompanied by one-of-a-kind branding inspired by their Dallas roots. Four Corners currently operates in the La Bajada neighborhood of West Dallas, with plans to expand to a new, larger facility in The Cedars located in Dallas’ south side by 2017.

    Four Corners has won multiple local awards in their short history for both brewing and branding. Most notably, the Four Corners team won D Magazine’s 2015 Editor’s Choice Award for Best Brewery. The brewery was also awarded top honors from The Dallas Society of Visual Communications in 2015, winning gold for packaging design and gold for Judge’s Choice.

    George Esquivel, co-founder of Four Corners, said the new partnership allows the Four Corners team to experience great growth while maintaining the unique and dynamic experience of being a local craft.

    “We’re most excited about the opportunity to realize our Brand potential,” Esquivel said. “The partnership allows us to focus on our core strengths of brewing and marketing. We’re confident in what makes Four Corners Brewing unique, and we know Andrews Distributing will help us share our Brand experience with many more people.”

    Mike McGuire, president of Andrews Distributing, said the Andrews team looks forward to building a local craft brewery that has great beers and stories to share with local beer lovers.

    "Through the outstanding leadership of Founders George, Greg, and Steve, Four Corners has had tremendous success, and created a very unique brand experience,” McGuire said. “Four Corners has put their own spin on what it means to be from Dallas, and we are so happy to partner with this genuine brand that speaks to local beer lovers."

    Andrews will begin grocery distribution of packaged cans of Local Buzz, Heart O’ Texas, Notorious O.A.T., El Chingón, El Super Bee, and limited release brands April 11, followed by plans to further support and grow Four Corners’ business in the future.
    For additional information about Four Corners Brewing Co., please visit www.fcbrewing.com.

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    Partnership with The Bruery


    The Andrews Distributing team is excited to announce a partnership with The Bruery® and Bruery Terreux® of Orange County, California.

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    Partnership with The Bruery

    February 29, 2016, Dallas, TX – The Andrews Distributing team is excited to announce a partnership with The Bruery® and Bruery Terreux® of Orange County, Calif.

    The Bruery was founded in 2008 by Patrick Rue, from whom the brewery takes its unique name. The boutique craft brewery is located in Orange County, Calif. and specializes in barrel aged and experimental ales. Rue first began home-brewing as a hobby, and continued to pursue his interest even while in law school. After completing school, Rue decided to develop his business plan for the brewery instead of taking the California Bar exam. Today, The Bruery has an expansive portfolio of unique award-winning beers that capture the excitement Rue felt in his first years as a homebrewer. In 2015, The Bruery launched its co-brand, Bruery Terreux, to focus on sour and wild ale production in a separate facility with dedicated staff and equipment.

    Mike Machul, Andrews brand manager for The Bruery and Bruery Terreux, said The Bruery and Bruery Terreux team is extremely dedicated to their craft and everything they produce.

    “We are really excited to partner with The Bruery and Bruery Terreux team,” Machul said. “The extraordinary attention to detail and unwavering emphasis on quality are evident in everything they do. Having been a fan of this brewery for years, I can hardly contain my excitement about enjoying these beers on a regular basis. We are truly fortunate to have been trusted with the final leg of The Bruery and Bruery Terreux’s journey to retail in North Texas.”

    Jonas Nemura, senior director of operations and distribution for The Bruery and Bruery Terreux, said Andrews is the perfect partner to help bring their beer to anxious North Texas beer lovers.

    “We’ve had people asking us to distribute to Texas for years,” Nemura said. “We’re happy to have found a great partner like Andrews at an appropriate time for our brewery to enter the rapidly-growing North Texas market. Andrews clearly demonstrates their focus on education through their extensive partnership with the Certified Cicerone® Program, and their focus on operational excellence through innovative craft beer programs.”

    Andrews plans to launch The Bruery and Bruery Terreux portfolio in DFW this April. DFW will see some every day and special release beers from The Bruery and Bruery Terreux upon the launch. The Bruery team will also hold release events in the area; additional details will become available as the launch date approaches.

    For additional information about The Bruery and Bruery Terreux, please visit www.thebruery.com and www.brueryterreux.com.

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    Partnership with AleSmith


    The Andrews Distributing team is excited to announce a partnership with AleSmith Brewing Company of San Diego, Calif.

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    Partnership with AleSmith

    December 15, 2015, Dallas, TX – The Andrews Distributing team is excited to announce a partnership with AleSmith Brewing Company of San Diego, Calif.

    AleSmith was founded in 1995 in a small, single-unit space in the commercial district of Miramar, San Diego and packed to the gills with a 15-barrel brew system, tasting bar, office and small-but-formidable three-man team. Today, the AleSmith team comprises more than 70 passionate members crafting an expansive portfolio of artisanal beers from a 105,000-square-foot facility equipped with a state-of-the-art 80-barrel brewhouse that will eventually produce 250,000 barrels annually.

    The brewery has won a variety of industry awards for their beers and brewing practices. Most notably, AleSmith was named Small Brewing Company and Brewer of the Year at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival, and #1 Best Brewery in the World and #1 Brewery in California based on consumer reviews via RateBeer.com in 2014. AleSmith has also amassed 17 GABF medals and nine World Beer Cup medals over its 20-year history.

    Bob Sullivan, Andrews vice president of craft brand building, said the award-winning brewery will be warmly welcomed by beer enthusiasts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

    “In our efforts to continue offering North Texas world-class beers, we are thrilled that AleSmith’s new San Diego brewery will provide capacity for Andrews to bring one of the highest-rated portfolios of American craft beers to the Metroplex’s beer enthusiasts,” Sullivan said.

    James Valles, AleSmith sales director, said his team looks forward to joining the rapidly growing Texas craft beer market.

    “Texas’ craft beer scene is growing at an impressive pace. We are eager to add our beer to the equation and are extremely excited to partner with Andrews Distributing’s knowledgeable craft beer team,” Valles said. “Andrews’ great reputation and commitment to exceptional service makes us confident in entrusting our brands to them in the Lone Star State.”

    Andrews plans to launch the AleSmith portfolio January 18, 2016 in DFW. The first brands to enter the market will be AleSmith’s IPA, Nut Brown, Lil’ Devil and Speedway Stout, plus seasonal and limited-release beers in both package and draft.

    For additional information about AleSmith and their portfolio, please visit www.AleSmith.com.

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    Miller Lite Free Rides Program


    For the first time, the Original Light Beer is partnering with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Andrews Distributing to help ring in the New Year safely.

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    Miller Lite Free Rides Program

    DALLAS (December 7, 2015) – For the first time, the Original Light Beer is partnering with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Andrews Distributing to help ring in the New Year safely. Miller Lite Free Rides® will be available on all DART buses and trains and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) trips between CentrePort/DFW Airport Station and Union Station beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 31.

    “We’re excited to bring our flagship Free Rides program to the Dallas community,” said Gene Giron, Responsibility Initiatives Manager for MillerCoors. “Our new partnership with DART is part of MillerCoors overall commitment to help prevent drunk driving by bringing alcohol responsibility programs to more markets. Working together, Miller Lite, DART and Andrews Distributing will ensure people have a great time this New Year’s Eve and get home safely.”

    DART bus and rail service and TRE trains will operate on their regular weekday schedules. In addition, a special westbound TRE train will depart Victory Station 20 minutes after the conclusion of the Dallas Stars-Nashville Predators game at American Airlines Center. Specific route and schedule information is available at DART.org.

    “DART is a safe and convenient option for getting around the Dallas area, and we’re proud to partner with Miller Lite to further incentivize the community to take a Free Ride on New Year’s Eve,” said Gary Thomas, President/Executive Director for Dallas Area Rapid Transit. “We hope people will take advantage of the free service and leave the driving to us.”

    “As a member of the Dallas community for nearly 40 years, Andrews Distributing is proud to partner with Miller Lite and DART to ensure everyone has a happy, safe and responsible New Year’s Eve,” said David Holt, Andrews Distributing Vice President of Brand Building.

    Since its inception 28 years ago, the Miller Lite Free Rides program has provided safe rides to more than 5 million people in 21 cities across the country. This New Year’s Eve, Free Rides will also be offered in Chicago; Denver; Duluth and the Twin Cities Minnesota; Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay, Wisconsin; Nashville, Tennessee; and Phoenix.

    For more information, visit MillerLiteFreeRides.com

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    Wholesaler of the Year


    Andrews Distributing is proud to announce the organization has been named Beverage Industry’s 2015 Wholesaler of the Year.

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    SEPTEMBER 14, 2015, DALLAS, TX – Andrews Distributing is proud to announce the organization has been named Beverage Industry’s 2015 Wholesaler of the Year.

    The Wholesaler of the Year award is given each year to the distributor that demonstrates commitment to excellence and delivers the highest level of execution to building their brands and delivering world-class service to their customers. Additionally, portfolio diversity, community engagement within local and wholesale communities, growth and innovation, and supplier relationships are also evaluated.

    With seven facilities covering the Dallas-Fort Worth and greater Corpus Christi area, Andrews Distributing has come a long way since its operations only handled Miller Brewing Co. products. Now, the beer wholesaler has a portfolio of 37 brewers and more than 300 brands.

    This growth was made possible by Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Barry Andrews’ vision and commitment to become one of the country’s first multi-branded distributors. Andrews also credits this growth to its culture, which centers on nine core values: integrity, team players, family and health, image, accountability, open door and mind, trust, dedication and passion, and attitude.

    Mike McGuire, president of Andrews Distributing, said this award is an honor to receive, and can be directly attributed to the work of the entire Andrews team and the great partners the organization has.

    “We are very excited to share the news of this award with our partners and friends. We have such a strong team who works each day to build our expansive portfolio while carrying out our culture and values,” McGuire said. “Andrews is also fortunate to have great relationships with some of the best supplier partners and retail accounts in the country. This award is a testament to our team’s work, and we extend our congratulations to the entire organization!”

    For more information on this award, please visit the Beverage Industry website to view the article.


    Andrews Distributing Co. is one of the nation’s largest beer distributors with facilities in Dallas, Allen, Fort Worth and Corpus Christi. Andrews Distributing’s home office is located in Dallas, Texas. Andrews Distributing represents 36 brewing partners, more than 300 brands, and 1,500 proud team members.

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    Diageo Golden Bar Awards


    The Andrews Distributing team has received two 2015 Diageo Golden Bar Awards, Distributor of the Year and the Mid-South Guinness Quality Award.

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    Diageo Golden Bar Awards

    August 6, 2015, Dallas, TX – The Andrews Distributing team has received two 2015 Diageo Golden Bar Awards, Distributor of the Year and the Mid-South Guinness Quality Award. The awards are two of the highest Diageo distributor partners can receive, exemplifying the strong 18-year relationship Andrews and Diageo share.

    The awards were presented during a meeting in Atlanta, Ga. on July 14. Top distributors in the South Atlantic, Gulf and Mid-South regions were recognized.

    This is the second Distributor of the Year Award and the third Guinness Quality Award Andrews has received. The Distributor of the Year award is based on volume, distribution gains, innovation success and community involvement. The Guinness Quality Award is based on volume, distribution and rate of sale increases, glassware conversion, quality survey results and improvement activities.

    Jim Campbell, vice president of training at Andrews, said receiving two 2015 Golden Bar awards is a great representation of the partnership with Diageo.

    “The Andrews team has embraced the Diageo brands since 1997,” Campbell said. “Winning two Golden Bar Awards in 2015 is icing on the cake. It speaks to our team’s confidence and commitment to Diageo’s brands. We have a strong desire to build on this success and win again in 2016!”

    After winning the Mid-South Guinness Quality Award, Andrews will be eligible to receive a Platinum Award in Ireland later this year.
    Michael Noffz, Mid-South sales director with Diageo, congratulated the Andrews team on their performance.

    “Congratulations to the entire team at Andrews Distributing Company in DFW and Corpus Christi on winning the DGUSA Golden Bar Award for 2015 Distributor of the Year,” Noffz said. “This and the Mid-South Guinness Quality Award are direct reflections of the great partnership between Diageo and Andrews. I look forward to our continued success in 2016!”

    Congratulations to all Andrews team members who constantly work to build Diageo’s brands to be the best they can be!

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    2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship


    Andrews Partners Win Big at 2015 United States Open Beer Championship

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    2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship

    July 8, 2015, DALLAS, TX – Breweries from China to the Czech Republic sent in nearly 4,000 beers and ciders representing 90 different styles for the 2015 U.S. Open Beer Championship. Three of Andrews’ domestic craft brewing partners placed in the Top 10 Breweries of 2015, including Ballast Point Brewing, who took home the top prize of Grand National Champion.

    Ballast Point was awarded Grand National Champion by winning four gold medals and one silver medal. Their four beers that were awarded gold were Ballast Point Pale Ale, Calico Amber Ale, Sculpin IPA and Barometer Drop Baltic Porter.

    Local partner Lakewood Brewing was awarded second place with six of their beers taking home medals, including a gold medal for their Saint Dymphna Belgian Tripel. Pedernales Brewing placed eighth in the Top 10 Breweries list and three of their beers placed in various categories.

    Kelli Hopson, a craft brand manager for Andrews, said the recognitions are well-deserved and speak volumes about the great people and high-quality products behind these breweries. Hopson said Andrews is extremely proud to be partners with three of the Top 10 Breweries named in this competition.

    “First place winner Ballast Point has built a world-class portfolio of beers and spirits that are experiencing record growth trends in Dallas-Fort Worth and across the country,” Hopson said. “Lakewood has become one of the top Texas breweries in three years of operations and is experiencing rapid growth. Pedernales has also managed to make an impressive impact on the Texas beer scene in a short amount of time. We look forward to continuing to share these great portfolios with local retailers and beer lovers for years to come!”

    For additional information about the U.S. Open Beer Championship, please visit www.usopenbeer.com.

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    Andrews Named Business of the Year


    Andrews Named Allen-Fairview Chamber of Commerce 2014 Business of the Year at Annual Gala

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    Andrews Named Business of the Year

    April 23, 2015, Dallas, TX – Andrews Distributing was recognized at the Allen-Fairview Chamber of Commerce Annual Volunteer Gala and Auction, April 10, 2015. Various chamber honorees were recognized at the event, and Andrews was named 2014 Business of the Year.

    According to the Allen-Fairview chamber, the Large Business or Major Investor Award is granted by the awards committee through nominations received from the chamber membership and non-profit organizations, and is given in recognition of corporate generosity of time, talent and financial contributions.

    Andrews has been an active partner of the Allen-Fairview chamber and community since the opening of the Allen distribution center in 2009. John Ross, vice president of technology and operations for Andrews, is the Andrews representative for the chamber.

    Ross said the recognition Andrews received from the chamber is truly an honor.

    “It is a great privilege to be a part of the Allen community,” Ross said. “These awards were a great opportunity to not only celebrate Andrews, but recognize all community partners and leaders in one of our hometowns. We look forward to further growth and supporting the Allen-Fairview chamber for years to come.”

    For additional information about the Allen-Fairview Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.allenchamber.com.

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    Cattle Baron's Main Stage Sponsor


    Tim McGraw to Headline 42nd Annual Cattle Baron’s Ball on Andrews Distributing Main Stage, October 2015.

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    Cattle Baron's Main Stage Sponsor

    Country music star Tim McGraw has been announced as the headliner for the 42nd Anniversary Cattle Baron’s Ball, Cowboy Up – Take Cancer Down, on Saturday, October 3, 2015. The highly anticipated performance will take place on the Andrews Distributing Main Stage at Gilley’s Dallas.

    Throughout the past decade, Andrews has remained a loyal supporter and sponsor of the Dallas Cattle Baron’s Ball, benefiting American Cancer Society. Lana and Barry Andrews and Natalie and Mike McGuire also assist in these efforts through serving on the Advisory Board. As the Lone Star Baron Sponsor, Andrews will also donate beverages for events throughout the year and at the Ball.

    For additional information about Cattle Baron's Ball and American Cancer Society, please visit www.cattlebaronsball.com.

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    Partnership with New Holland


    Andrews Distributing Company is proud to announce a new partnership with New Holland Brewing.

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    Partnership with New Holland

    APRIL 6, 2015, DALLAS, TX – Andrews Distributing Company is proud to announce a new partnership with New Holland Brewing of Holland, MI.

    New Holland Brewing was co-founded in 1997 by Brett VanderKamp. Brett remains the president of the company, joined by partners Dave White and Fred Bueltmann. The New Holland team works to produce beers and spirits that are works of art, and hopes to inspire consumers in their own lives.

    Today, New Holland boasts a 27-state territory in which they distribute their beer, including Washington, D.C. The brewery’s portfolio contains seven year-round brews and more than 15 seasonal and limited release beers.

    Adam Lambert, vice president of sales for New Holland, said the team looks forward to partnering with Andrews and expanding to the large craft beer market Texas has to offer.

    “We are very proud to be part of Andrews’ incredible portfolio of beers,” Lambert said. “Andrews is a great cultural fit with New Holland, and we know their team will execute this next step in our growth strategy with great care and attention to detail. We look forward to sharing New Holland’s Stop and Taste way of life with Texas beer lovers.”

    Andrews plans to launch the New Holland portfolio in DFW May 4, 2015. The first brands to enter the market will be beers from the brewery’s year-round portfolio; Dragon’s Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout), Mad Hatter (Midwest IPA), Monkey King Saison (Farmhouse Ale) and Full Circle (Kölsch). In addition, White Hatter (Belgian-Style White IPA) will launch as the first seasonal beer.

    Mike Machul, Andrews brand manager for New Holland, said the Andrews team is eager to expand their craft portfolio with this great brand.

    “We are very excited to bring the good people of North Texas the world class brands New Holland produces,” Machul said. “We anticipate a great response and look forward to years of success together.”

    Members of the New Holland team will be in DFW the week of the launch. Event dates will be available online at newhollandbrew.com/events. For additional information about New Holland Brewing, please visit www.newhollandbrew.com.


    Andrews Distributing Co. is one of the nation’s largest beer distributors with facilities in Dallas, Allen, Fort Worth and Corpus Christi. Andrews Distributing’s home office is located in Dallas, Texas. Andrews Distributing represents 38 brewing partners, more than 300 brands, and 1,400 proud team members.

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    HUSA 1864 Award for Responsibility


    Andrews Distributing Company has been selected as this year's recipient of Heineken USA's 1864 Award for Responsibility. The award recognizes a top distributor for best-in-class practices promoting responsible consumption and moderation.

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    HUSA 1864 Award for Responsibility

    Andrews Distributing Company has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Heineken USA’s 1864 Award for Responsibility. The award, which recognizes a top distributor for best-in-class practices promoting responsible consumption and moderation, was presented to Andrews at Heineken USA’s annual National Distributor Conference in New Orleans, LA.

    HUSA has a long history of working with its distributors to elevate responsible consumption in its markets around the globe. To be considered for the annual award, distributors submitted their responsible consumption initiatives, many of which integrate Heineken USA programs such as safe ride partnerships with transportation network companies like Uber.

    “Since the beginning, Heineken has been committed to encouraging the responsible consumption of our products and to taking an active role in the communities where we live and work,” Ray Faust, Chief Sales Officer of Heineken USA, said. “We are proud to work with partners that embrace these values and actively strive to put responsibility into action. This year, Andrews Distributing Company of North Texas went above and beyond to make a difference in the communities they serve.”

    Andrews Distributing has consistently been a leader in promoting a responsible consumption culture with its employees, customers and community at large. This past year, Andrews Distributing proactively partnered with HUSA to execute several co-branded responsibility campaigns in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Corpus Christi markets to promote safe rides home.

    In North Texas through a partnership with Uber, Andrews provided more than 275 free rides home to first-time users and engaged thousands of current Uber users through digital and radio supported responsibility promotions. In South Texas, Andrews executed a holiday safe ride home program where hundreds of people received a free cab ride home. In addition, the distributor supports many local and statewide initiatives that advocate for moderate consumption and helps build awareness of responsibility programs such as the Health Alliance on Alcohol.

    “We are very proud to receive this prestigious award that recognizes our partnership with Heineken USA to promote safe and responsible consumption,” Barry Andrews, CEO of Andrews, said. “Being an active ethical and responsible member of the North and South Texas communities we serve is wholly ingrained in our organization. We are grateful to our partner, Heineken USA, for the effective programs and tools they provide to help us educate and empower our team and community to make responsible choices.”

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    Partnership with Traveler Beer Co.


    Andrews Distributing Company announces launch of Traveler Beer.

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    Partnership with Traveler Beer Co.

    February 2, 2015, Dallas, TX – Andrews Distributing Company has announced the launch of Traveler Beer from Burlington, VT. Andrews began selling the portfolio January 26, and packages began shipping today.

    The Traveler Beer Co. was created by Alan Newman, president of Alchemy and Science, in 2012. According to the Traveler website, the brewery specializes in producing shandies, and is dedicated to bringing these refreshing brews to curious beer drinkers.

    Andrews will distribute all brands in the Traveler Beer portfolio, including Curious Traveler and Illusive Traveler. Curious Traveler is available in six packs, 12-pack cans and draft. Illusive Traveler is also available in six packs and draft. Forbidden Traveler, Jolly Traveler and Jack-O Traveler will be available on a seasonal basis. All brands will be distributed in DFW and Corpus Christi.

    Blythe Lee, senior craft brand manager for Andrews, said this is a much-anticipated addition to the Andrews portfolio.

    “We are excited to bring in a brand with so much consumer excitement, engagement and social media presence,” Lee said. “Traveler is a brand that isn’t afraid to have fun and embrace the frivolity of life.”

    For additional information about The Traveler Beer Co., please visit www.travelerbeer.com.

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    Partnership with Einstök


    Andrews Distributing Company is excited to announce a partnership with Einstök Brewing Company.

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    Partnership with Einstök

    January 15, 2015, Dallas, TX – Andrews Distributing Company is proud to announce a new partnership with Einstök Brewing Company of Akureyri, Iceland.

    The brewery was founded in 2010 by David Altshuler and Jack Sichterman. The team’s brewing philosophy is to craft beers that are “deliciously refreshing.” Einstök is located just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle, where water flows from rain and prehistoric glaciers down the Hlidarfjall Mountain and through lava fields. This process creates the purest water on earth and the perfect foundation for high-quality, craft brews.

    Einstök comes from the Icelandic word “unique;” a trait they carry out in each of their distinctive, award-winning beers. Today, Einstök is the top craft brand and number one alcohol beverage export in Iceland. Each unique brew is distributed in multiple countries in Europe, and will be available in eleven states, including Texas, by February of this year.

    Founder Jack Sichterman said the brewery chose to bring their products to Texas and partner with Andrews because of growth opportunities in the region, and the strategic approach to building brands Andrews’ takes with each partner.

    “As one of the biggest craft beer markets in the U.S., Texas has been a priority for Einstök from day one,” Sichterman said. “Beer lovers in Texas appreciate their many amazing local breweries, but they also have an appetite for adventure and seek more exotic, high-quality brands like Einstök.”

    Andrews plans to launch the Einstök portfolio in DFW and Corpus Christi February 15, 2015. Einstök’s Icelandic White Ale, Pale Ale and Toasted Porter will be available in both markets. The Icelandic Arctic Berry Ale and Icelandic Doppelbock will be available on a seasonal basis.

    Jim Campbell, vice president of import brands at Andrews, said Einstök offers an intriguing mix of history, engaging branding and excellent brewing practices.

    “We are thrilled to offer this exciting brand to our ever-growing portfolio,” Campbell said. “Einstök comes from a very unique part of the world, and we look forward to sharing their story and beers with beer lovers in the area.”

    For additional information about Einstök Brewing Company, please visit www.einstokbeer.com.

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    Partnership with Funkwerks


    Andrews Distributing Company is excited to announce a new partnership with Funkwerks Inc.

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    Partnership with Funkwerks

    November 13, 2014, Dallas, TX – Andrews Distributing Company is proud to announce a new partnership with Funkwerks Inc. of Fort Collins, CO.

    Funkwerks was founded in 2009 by Gordan Schuck and Brad Lincoln after the two met while attending Siebel Institute to study brewing science. Previously, Schuck won a gold medal in the 2007 National Home Brew Competition for Saison. Schuck and Lincoln began brewing in Schuck’s backyard, where they created their award-winning Saison recipe. The pair then moved their brewing operation to a one-barrel system in 2010, and Funkwerks has not stopped growing since. The brewery has won multiple awards, including Small Brewing Company of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival in 2012.

    Kelli Hopson, Andrews brand manager for Funkwerks, said the Andrews team is excited to bring Funkwerks to Texas and share this much-anticipated addition with beer lovers in DFW.

    “In just four years of operation, Funkwerks has built a unique portfolio focused around Saison-style beers,” Hopson said. “The brewery has earned several of the industry’s top awards and recognitions, and Andrews is thrilled to share this world-class beer with local beer lovers in Dallas/Fort Worth.”

    Andrews plans to launch the Funkwerks portfolio in DFW February 2, 2015. The first brands to enter the market will be Funkwerks’ award-winning Saison, Tropic King and Deceit beers. The Saison and Tropic King will be available on draft, and in 750 ML bottles and four-pack bottles. The Deceit will be available on draft and in 750 ML bottles. Founders Shuck and Lincoln will be in the DFW area during the launch week for multiple Funkwerks events with Andrews retailers. Further details will become available as the launch date approaches.

    For additional information about Funkwerks Inc., please visit www.funkwerks.com.

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    Partnership with Coedo Brewery


    Andrews Distributing Company is proud to announce a new partnership with Coedo Brewery.

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    Partnership with Coedo Brewery

    October 8, 2014, Dallas, TX- Andrews Distributing Company is proud to announce a new partnership with Coedo Brewery out of Japan.

    Shigenharu “Haru” Asagiri is the founder, president and CEO of Coedo Brewery. Asagiri is passionate about his work and enjoys engaging with beer lovers. Located in Kawagoe, Japan, Coedo features well-balanced craft beers that carry the tradition and craftsmanship of ancient Japan into the modern era. The brewery prides itself on producing beautiful beer in a pristine environment. Andrews is looking forward to distributing the entire Coedo brand family.

    Coedo Brewery holds a variety of international prestigious awards recognizing the quality of its beer, including:

    • iTQi Crystal Taste Awards
    • World Beer Cup Silver Medal
    • European Beer Star Awards
    • Monde Selection Grand Gold Awards

    Jim Campbell, vice president of import brands, said Coedo is an exciting addition to the Andrews portfolio.

    “Coedo is the largest craft brewery in Japan,” Campbell said. “We looked at the unique story behind the brand and knew this would be great partnership.”

    Andrews launched the Coedo portfolio this week.

    For more information about Coedo Brewery, please visit www.coedobrewery.com/en.

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    Partnership with Epic Brewing


    Andrews Distributing Company is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Epic Brewing Company.


    Partnership with Epic Brewing

    June 12, 2014 (Dallas, TX) - Andrews Distributing Company is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Epic Brewing Company.

    Epic Brewing Company was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2010, after legislative changes allowed founders David Cole and Peter Erickson to pursue their longtime dream of opening a microbrewery. David and Peter teamed up with Kevin Crompton, a Brewmaster with more than 20 years of brewing experience to open Epic Brewing Company. Together, this team of three shared a passion for making fine ales and lagers. After just a few months of small batch production, Epic Brewing received several awards for its beers in domestic and international competitions.

    Three years later, the Epic team expanded its brewery operations into Colorado with a second brewery that was built to meet growing demand. The new Denver brewery offered enough space to support efforts to grow national distribution, expansion of the brewery's popular barrel aged beer program and the introduction of a sour beer line. Texas is the 15th state to distribute the Epic portfolio.

    Despite the rapid expansion of Epic Brewing, the company has stayed wholly committed to brewing small batch, artisanal beer. Every batch produced for the popular Elevated and Exponential series is numbered and stamped with release information that is published online.

    Epic Brewing Company currently produces over 39 beers, and they have developed a portfolio that is intended to offer a beer for every person and every occasion. Andrews Distributing is looking forward to creating great beer experiences by partnering with Epic Brewing Company and expanding distribution of this award winning portfolio to our Texas beer market.
    Distribution of the Epic Brewing portfolio to the DFW market will begin in mid-August.

    Please direct any questions to Bob Sullivan, VP of Craft Beer Brand Building.

    For more information about Epic Brewing Company, please visit their website http://www.epicbrewing.com.

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    Partnership with Austin Eastciders


    Andrews Distributing is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Austin Eastciders out of Austin, TX.


    Partnership with Austin Eastciders

    Andrews Distributing is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Austin Eastciders out of Austin, TX.

    Entrepreneur Ed Gibson moved to Austin from Bristol, England, an area considered the cider-drinking capital of the world. Ed, who founded the renowned United Kingdom cider bar, The Apple, soon took interest in the rich history of cider in America. With determination to help fuel the cider ‘renaissance’ in America, Ed joined forces with beer industry veteran Mark King to launch Austin Eastciders. Their goal was to renew interest in this classic American drink by using traditional processes and real cider apples, as they did in the old days.

    Hard Cider is currently the fastest growing category in the beverage industry. Consumption of this classic American drink has tripled in the past four years and the Cider category is still poised for great growth, having doubled in 2013.

    Austin Eastciders ferments vintage cider apple varieties from America and Europe to produce flavors that have not been widely experienced in America since Prohibition. The unique bittersweet and bittersharp apple varieties produce ciders which are drier, smoother, and more complex. Austin Eastciders is on track to open their Urban Cidery in the cultural hotspot of East Austin during the summer months.

    Andrews will launch the Austin Eastciders Gold Top brand this week on draft, and 16.9oz bottles will follow shortly behind. The Eastciders Original Dry Cider, the newest style from Austin Eastciders, will be offered in DFW this summer.

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    Partnership with Lakewood Brewing


    Andrews Distributing gets Crafty with Lakewood Brewing Company

    Partnership will expand reach and brand of fast growing craft brewer

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    Partnership with Lakewood Brewing

    Andrews Distributing Company announced today a new partnership with Lakewood Brewing Company, one of the fastest growing craft breweries in North Texas. The deal will expand the brewery’s reach and brand by harnessing the power of the Andrews marketing expertise and its distributor relationships. The news comes just as the Brewers Association reported U.S. sales of craft beer at $14 billion in 2013, an increase of 20 percent from the previous year.

    “Craft beers are a huge part of the explosive growth in the beer industry, and it’s a business driver for us,” said Mike McGuire, president of Andrews Distributing Company. “Our unique approach helps breweries such as Lakewood grow by providing immediate marketing expertise and distribution to retailers and restaurants so they can spend their time perfecting brews. This industry is growing at a stunning pace; we help both sides understand each other to match beers to the right audiences and customers. We also help retailers makes sense of the craft industry and connect them with the right breweries and selections.”

    The approach works. Andrews holds a 76 percent North Texas market share in the Specialty and Craft category, which includes Shiner Bock, Blue Moon, Samuel Adams and Fort Worth-based Rahr & Son’s Brewing Company, which has had a 55 percent annual growth rate since 2009 when it began distribution with Andrews.

    “We’re proud to be partnering with Andrews Distributing,” said Wim Bens, founder and president of Lakewood Brewing Company, who has been self-distributing since 2012. “Lakewood Brewing and Andrews are both family-owned businesses with an unwavering dedication to quality and customer service. Their expertise in brand building and distribution will allow us to focus on filling the ever- increasing demand for the beer we love to make.”

    Andrews has initiated retail account service for Lakewood products this month. Distribution of the full portfolio will begin in May.

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    Beer Wholesaler of the Year Award


    Andrews Distributing wins Market Watch's 2013 Beer Wholesaler of the Year Award.


    Beer Wholesaler of the Year Award

    Playbook for Success

    By: Terri Allan

    Barry Andrews speaks like an inspiring football coach. “Success begins with the team you put on the field,” the veteran Texas beer wholesaler says. “If you have a team that’s properly trained, with tremendous, passion, commitment and dedication to the business, you’ll always have an opportunity for success.”

    Andrews, whose company is Market Watch’s 2013 “Beer Wholesaler of the Year,” believes other beer distributors can share in the success. “The future is bright for wholesalers who are committed to the business and are able to run their operations efficiently and effectively,” he says. Andrews adds that when obstacles get in the way, distributors must be flexible, or in football parlance, “they’ve got to call audibles.”

    The executive is in a good position to give advice on running a beer distributorship: Dallas-based Andrews Distributing Co. is regarded as one of the top 10 beer wholesalers in the country. Combined volume for the company’s two Texas operations is projected at 28.3 million cases this year, up from 27.9 million cases in 2012. Sales revenue is expected to reach $660 million in 2013, according to Mike Barnes, a 30-year veteran who serves as executive vice president and general manager of the North Texas division. That increase is a 5-percent jump from $626 million last year.

    Andrews Distributing represents 31 suppliers—including MillerCoors, Crown Imports, Heineken USA, Gambrinus Co., The Boston Beer Co. and New Belgium Brewing Co.—in 38 counties in northern and southern Texas. In total, the distributor carries 901 SKUs comprising 125 product families and has some 1,100 employees, who serve a total of 9,500 customers, including 4,000 on-premise accounts. That number is a more than tenfold increase over the customer base that the company had 20 years ago.

    In the last few years, Andrews Distributing has seen a boon in new accounts as many formerly dry areas in northern Texas have gone wet. Don Jaresh, the company’s vice president of marketing services, says that in just the last few years alone, the distributorship has picked up 1,600 new off-premise customers and 900 on-premise accounts. He notes that chains are becoming an even bigger factor in the North Texas beer market, especially in newly wet areas. “The big chains continue to build and be very aggressive,” says Jaresh, who started working on a truck for Andrews Distributing in 1986. He notes that chain locations have accounted for nearly 1,200 new accounts for the company in just the last few years. Multi-unit liquor store operations, such as Spec’s and Total Wine & More, are also a growing factor, Barnes adds.

    Exciting Business

    Unlike many of today’s beer wholesalers, Andrews didn’t grow up in the business. He and his former partner Tom White purchased a small Miller Brewing distributorship in his hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1976, followed by additional beer houses, including operations in Dallas and Denver. Andrews was attracted to the beer business for a number of reasons, including “the people, the equipment and what beer stands for,” he says. “I also liked the involvement that beer wholesalers have within their communities. It looked like an exciting business to me.”

    The partnership split up in 1994, and Andrews retained the Dallas and Corpus Christi businesses. Then in 2003, Andrews dramatically increased his beer holdings with the acquisition of Willow Distributors, a Coors house in Dallas. As demand for craft brews has increased in recent years, Andrews Distributing has added a number of craft beers to its portfolio.

    Andrews says that his company’s mission is to be “the nation’s leading beverage brand builder measured in valuable growth.” He adds that multi-brand distributors are able to offer a better selection to retailers. “It gives you a lot of options regarding beer placement on-premise and off-premise,” Andrews explains.

    In addition to a strong portfolio of beers, Andrews Distributing has benefited from the dynamic Texas market, particularly in the northern part of the state. Company president Mike McGuire, who is Andrews’ son-in-law, points to the market’s growing population, an unemployment rate that’s lower than the national average and a consistently strong demand for beer. “We’re in the best market in the best state,” McGuire says.

    And the growth is going to continue, McGuire adds, with North Texas projected to add one million people within the next six years. He also notes Hispanic residents are expected to account for more than 50 percent of North Texas’s population by 2030. These trends are driving gains for Mexican beers like Modelo Especial and Dos Equis. According to Jaresh, Andrews Distributing expects to sell more than 2 million cases of Modelo Especial this year, after breaking the 1-million-case mark in 2010. He adds that the company is the country’s largest distributor of Dos Equis, with sales of 1 million cases last year.

    Craft brews are also on a tear. Barnes says that crafts are growing at a 15-percent rate for Andrews Distributing. “We will continue to invest in crafts to ensure that we have the best possible portfolio, as well as having the most educated people in that segment,” he notes. “We’re bullish on craft.”


    Technology has played a dramatic role in Andrews Distributing’s evolution. “From a sales standpoint, technology—and particularly our mobility platform—has allowed us to be more aggressive and to handle customer solutions with data-based selling,” Barnes says.

    In fact, the company’s growing chain clientele has forced a reevaluation of its sales organization and have changed the way products go to market. “We now have more innovative selling models based on market segmentation, consumer types and retailer types,” Barnes explains. “We’ve brokered a lot of change so that we can be more strategic and consistent.” McGuire adds that the recent changes to the sales division have allowed Andrews Distributing to help retailers make sense of the market by analyzing criteria like consumer shopping occasions and consumer demographics. “We’re completely customer-centric in our focus,” he says. “It’s all about getting our retailers’ beer business growing.”

    Andrews Distributing’s marketing services staff works closely with retailers on p-o-s and event programming. Jaresh points to the company’s own “Love Beer” effort which allows retailers to consolidate brand messaging via an umbrella theme. For example, Andrews Distributing can feature all of its craft seasonals together for an impactful display at retail. The company also regularly works with its customers on a host of events, including beer dinners, food and beer pairings, and samplings. Jaresh notes that beer festivals have been growing at a rapid pace in Texas, and the distributor is an active participant.

    In addition, Andrews Distributing seeks to educate on- and off-premise beer retailers about the sensory aspects of beer, malt beverage styles and proper beer service. To date, the company employs two cicerones, as well as 230 certified beer experts, and its 2-year-old “Beer Ambassador” program also encourages employees to visit breweries first hand. According to McGuire, the company’s employees have made more than 500 visits to breweries ranging from the local Miller plant in Fort Worth to Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits in San Diego.

    Andrews believes that his well-trained staff is a big asset to retail customers. “Our people can offer advice to retailers based on what is happening in the marketplace,” he says. “With cicerone training, they can talk intelligently about beer and styles. Because of this training and culture, we can provide a great service to the retailer in starting, building and developing his or her beer section.”

    Changing Times

    Beer wholesalers today are “more knowledgeable than they were in the past because consumers are becoming more sophisticated,” Andrews says. He’s seen numerous other changes in his nearly four decades in the business. “When we started out, we had just five or six SKUs and we had one supplier,” Andrews says. He also points to the impact that consolidation has had on both the supplier and wholesaler tiers. In the 1970s, there were around 400 beer distributors in Texas. “Now, that number is down to about 70,” he says, adding, “I don’t feel like it’s game
    over.” Andrews cites the impressive growth of segments like light beer, imports and crafts over the years. “There are so many new styles and categories of beer,” he says. “I believe we will see more innovation in the next five to 10 years than we would have ever dreamed would happen.”

    While recounting all that his company has already accomplished, Andrews looks optimistically to the future. Beyond the opportunity that existing markets offer, he confirms continued interest in expanding his business, as long as the acquisition makes sense. “We have strong members of our team who are capable of running or operating another distributorship,” Andrews explains.

    Charitable giving is a big part of Andrews’ mission. “I’ve always believed in heavy involvement in the communities where we operate, whether it be civic, social or political,” he says. “We want people to know that Andrews Distributing is a company that cares.”

    With 38 years under his belt, Andrews takes pride in the business he helped build. “I’m proud of our people and what our company stands for,” he says. “I think our best years are yet to come.”

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    Partnering with Southern Tier


    Andrews Distributing Company is excited to announce a partnership with Southern Tier Brewing Company out of Lakewood, NY. Distribution will begin in early October.


    Partnering with Southern Tier

    Andrews Distributing Company is excited to announce a partnership with Southern Tier Brewing Company. 

    Located in Lakewood, New York, Southern Tier Brewing Company began operations in late 2002. Founders Phineas DeMink, Sara DeMink and Allen ‘Skip’ Yahn created the brewery with the vision of reviving the practice of small batch brewing in a region with a longstanding rich brewing tradition. They have committed to providing beer drinkers with fresh, clean American craft ales and lagers that stand on their own merit. 

    Distribution of their small batch ales began in 2003 and the brewery quickly outgrew their facility shortly after. In 2009, Southern Tier expanded to a 20,000 square foot building which gave them the ability to brew innovative, high quality beer and accommodate their expanding customer base, both nationally and internationally. The brewery continues to expand and develop to deliver several hand crafted year round, seasonal, and limited edition beers to more than half of the United States. 

    Southern Tier Brewing Company earned a BeerAdvocate Overall Score of 95, qualifying it as a highest level world-class brewery and was named the 24th Best Brewer in the World by RateBeer for 2012.

    “Andrews is thrilled to bring Southern Tier’s highly touted beers to the North and South Texas markets. We are very confident that these brands will resonate well with our local beer lovers”, says Bob Sullivan, Vice President of Craft Beer Brand Building.
    Distribution of the Southern Tier portfolio will take place in early October.

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    Andrews & Shiner Toast Our Troops


    We are excited to announce our involvement with Shiner Brewing in support of their Toast Our Troops program.


    Andrews & Shiner Toast Our Troops

    We are excited to announce our involvement with Shiner Brewing in support of their Toast Our Troops program. The Toast Our Troops program benefits the Boot Campaign which is a grassroots initiative founded by five women from Texas known as the Boot Girls. The campaign encourages everyone to “get their boots on”, providing an easy and tangible way for Americans to show appreciation for troops, cultivate awareness of the challenges they face upon return and raise funds for military programs meeting the physical and emotional needs of our heroes.

    Shiner is donating $.50 per case for each case of Shiner Bock 12 pack cans sold from May 1st to July 31st. Andrews has committed to matching this donation with another $.50 per case sold. Through our involvement with this program, we can support a great Texas brand while also giving to a worthy cause.

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    Andrews Hits New Milestone


    On December 14th, Andrews sold its one millionth case of Dos Equis in Dallas, TX. Andrews also became the first distributor in the world to sell one million cases of Dos Equis in one year


    Andrews Hits New Milestone

    Our Andrews team is thrilled to announce a very special milestone in our portfolio. On Friday, December 14, 2012 we sold our one millionth case of Dos Equis to Katy Trail Ice House in Dallas, Texas. Andrews Distributing is the first distributor in the world to sell one million cases of this iconic brand in one year.

    With a strong commitment to building our brands, we take great pride in the growth and development of each brand. 

    “This is a true team achievement and everyone in the organization should be very proud of this accomplishment. This million case milestone did not happen by accident. It is the result of a lot of hard work and commitment from our entire team. We are fortunate to have dedicated team members and a great portfolio of brands”, said Jesse Rodriguez, Brand Manager of Import Brands. 

    “We would like to cordially thank our great partner, Heineken USA, for their tremendous support in helping build Dos Equis in our markets. Cheers to this great milestone and to a new two million case goal.” said Mike McGuire, President.

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    Congratulations to Barry Andrews


     Nolan Ryan, owner of the Texas Rangers and 2012 Dallas CEO of the year, recently named Barry Andrews as the businessman that he most admired.

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    Congratulations to Barry Andrews

    As employees of Andrews Distributing, we have the privilege of experiencing the dedication and passion that Barry Andrews exudes each and every day for brand building and his team.

    Because of this, it should come as no surprise that Nolan Ryan, owner of the Texas Rangers and 2012 Dallas CEO of the year, named Barry Andrews as the businessman that he most admired.
    In an interview published last week by D Magazine, Nolan described his long-standing admiration for Barry saying he “respects the way he treats his employees and his customers”. He believes that the Rangers enterprise mirrors this same philosophy throughout their organization. Nolan has known Barry for over 20 years and has always taken an interest in Andrews Distributing as a successful business model. Nolan shared that he identifies with our unique business culture and is also a believer in “hiring good people”.

    Both Barry and Nolan share many of the same principles and values that have led them down the path of success as businessmen. Each one recognized the importance of hard work at a young age, and built their businesses out of integrity, respect, knowledge, and hard work.

    The outstanding character and work ethic of Nolan and Barry are continuously translated through each of their businesses. Barry believes the success of Andrews culture derives from a simple concept- the Golden Rule, “treating others as you would have them treat you” and he carries that out every day.

    Join us in congratulating Barry on this honorable recognition given by Nolan Ryan, a man many know and admire. We are honored to have Barry leading this great company as a businessman, a mentor, and also a friend.

    To view the entire D Magazine article follow the link below.


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    MillerCoors President’s Award


    MillerCoors President Tom Long recently awarded local beer distributor Andrews Distributing Co. of North Texas with the "MillerCoors President’s Award" in front of 2,000 fellow distributors.


    MillerCoors President’s Award

    DALLAS, TX -- MillerCoors President Tom Long recently awarded local beer distributor Andrews Distributing Co. of North Texas with the "MillerCoors President’s Award" in front of some 2,000 fellow distributors from across the country.

    The President’s Award was presented at the annual MillerCoors Distributor Convention held March 21 in Las Vegas. The President’s Award recognizes sales excellence by rewarding the top performing distributors from across the five MillerCoors sales regions with a special trip for two. President’s Award winners will travel to Europe for a private yacht trip on the Adriatic Sea.

    “These distributors represent the best of the best in our business,” said Long. “In a tough market, these teams persevered with integrity and a relentless passion to win.”
    “We are honored to be recognized by MillerCoors for achieving outstanding results with their great beer brands in North Texas. We could not do this without our tremendous sales and delivery team and leadership along with our great retailers in North Texas,” said Andrews Owner and Chairman Barry Andrews.
    “We are thankful for our local MillerCoors team for working with our brand, marketing and sales leaders to deliver a great investment plan for long term brand building and the President’s Award is validation that our team is executing our organic growth strategy at a high level,” said Andrews President Mike McGuire.
    Below is the full list of MillerCoors President’s Award winners:

    Central Region
    • Andrews Distributing Co. of North Texas (Dallas, Tex.)
    • Crown Distributors (Salina, Kan.)
    • Jett Distributing Co. (Clinton, Okla.)
    • KEG 1 O’Neal (Mineral Wells, Tex.)
    • RMC Distributors (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
    • Wright Distributing (Bastrop, Tex.)

    Great Lakes Region
    • Eastown Distributors (Highland Park, Mich.)
    • Stagnaro Distributing (Erlanger, Ky.)
    • Fleck Sales Co. (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
    • Iowa Beverage Systems (Des Moines, Iowa)
    • John P. O’Sullivan Distributing (Flint, Mich.)
    • Matthews Distributing Co. (Dubuque, Iowa)
    • N.W.O. Beverage (Northwood, Ohio)
    • Powers Distributing Co. (Orion, Mich.)
    • Robert “Chick” Fritz Distributing (Belleville, Ill.)

    Northeast Region
    • A.L. George (Binghamton, N.Y.)
    • Atlas Distributing (Austin, Mass.)
    • Certo Brothers Distributing Co. (West Seneca, N.Y.)
    • Colonial Wholesale Beverage (North Dartmouth, Mass.)
    • L.T. Verrastro (Scranton, Pa.)
    • Point Pleasant Distributors (Manasquan, N.J.)
    • Wilson-McGinley (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

    Pacific Region
    • Allied Beverages (Sylmar, Calif.)
    • Classic Distributing (City of Industry, Calif.)
    • Crescent Crown Distributing (Phoenix, Ariz.)
    • DBI Beverage San Joaquin (Stockton, Calif.)
    • DBI Beverage San Jose (San Jose, Calif.)

    Southeast Region
    • Cone Distributing (Ocala, Fla.)
    • Crescent Crown Distributing (New Orleans, La.)
    • Goldring Gulf Distributing Co. (Pensacola, Fla.)
    • Gulf Distributing Co. (Mobile, Ala.)
    • Gusto Brands (LaGrange, Ga.)

    About Andrews Distributing Company
    Andrews Distributing Co. was founded in 1976 in Corpus Christi by founder Barry Andrew at age 29. Barry started with seven employees, a 12,000 square-foot warehouse, sold 276,000 cases of beer that first year with Miller Brewing as his only supplier. Today, Andrews Distributing employs more than 1,100 team members, manages 5 warehouses totaling more than 680,000 square feet, and maintains a fleet of over 500 vehicles. Our portfolio consists of over 250 brands from 26 supplier partners and case sales are in excess of 27.7 million cases. Andrews is ranked the nation’s fifth largest beer wholesaler by revenue and sixth by case sales. Andrews services areas both in North and South Texas.

    Overview of MillerCoors
    Built on a foundation of great beer brands and nearly 300 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the highest quality beers. MillerCoors is the second-largest beer company in the United States, capturing nearly 30 percent of beer sales in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of brands across every major industry segment. The portfolio is led by the company’s premium light brands: Coors Light, Miller Lite and Miller64. Coors Light, the World’s Most Refreshing Beer, offers consumers refreshment as cold as the Rockies. Miller Lite established the American light beer category in 1975, offering beer drinkers a light beer that tastes like beer should. Miller64 is 64 calories of crisp, light taste that complements a balanced lifestyle. MillerCoors brews premium beers Coors Banquet and Miller Genuine Draft, and economy brands Miller High Life and Keystone Light. Tenth and Blake Beer Company, MillerCoors craft and import division, imports Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Pilsner Urquell and Grolsch and features craft brews from the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, Blue Moon Brewing Company and the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company. MillerCoors operates eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel’s craft brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisc. and two microbreweries, the Tenth Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver. MillerCoors vision is to create the best beer company in America through great people changing the way America enjoys beer. MillerCoors builds its brands the right way through brewing quality, responsible marketing and sustainable environmental and community impact. MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company. Learn more at MillerCoors.com, at facebook.com/MillerCoors or on Twitter through @MillerCoors.

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Welcome Brewers

Whether you represent a beer brand that is currently in the Andrews portfolio, or one that you wish to introduce to the Texas market, we appreciate your interest in learning what makes Andrews Distributing unique.

In this section of our website, dedicated exclusively to suppliers and brewers, we’ll give you a deeper look at the five core areas of our business that we consider to be the benchmarks of success. Regardless of size or geography, our supplier and brewer partnerships are extremely important to us.

We exist to help you build your brand, and here you’ll learn how we do it.

Winning Culture

Winning is a huge part of the Andrews culture. Our process is to find out what measures of performance matter to you and then execute until we meet or exceed your objectives. Our dedication to winning has resulted in numerous awards for outstanding performance, and more importantly it has helped our suppliers and brewers establish lasting relationships with loyal beer lovers in our markets.

Maybe it’s just our Texas pride, but we simply won’t settle for anything less than victory.

Acquisition and Integration Excellence

We use the term “acquisition” to describe both our long-term growth strategy of acquiring other distributorships and our pursuit of adding the world’s finest beer brands to our portfolio. In both instances, we have a strong history of successful acquisitions.

In all of our distributor acquisitions, we have successfully maintained and strengthened retail relationships while avoiding any disruption in service. Since our growing portfolio contains some of the best selling beers in the world, we bring enormous value to acquired areas of distribution.

Here you’ll learn more about how we acquire and integrate brands into markets in a seamless manner that leads to efficiency and success.

Portfolio Growth

Our mission statement says it all – brand building is what we do.

We’ve made heavy investments in research tools and marketing resources that help us create measurable brand growth for our suppliers and brewers. It starts with understanding your target customer in our market and creating marketing plans that help them connect with your brand.

In this video, you will learn more about our world-class marketing and brand building capabilities. You will also see how we put your brand into the accounts where it will sell.

Service and Execution Excellence

In the beer business, service and execution can make or break a sales and profit plan. Retailers depend on their distributor for knowledge about top selling brands and expect their orders to arrive on time and in good condition.

With more than 12,000 on and off premise accounts in our territories, successful execution requires intense logistical planning, high-quality customer service, and virtually no mistakes. Andrews accounts and their customers will always receive exactly what they expect in the beer buying experience.

Collaborative Partnerships

We strive to be your valued partner in the Texas beer business.

This means we understand our commitment to you, and we consider your success our highest priority. Regardless of the size of your brewery or how many brands are in your line up, our approach does not change – we value our partners and go the extra mile for every single brand in our portfolio.

This video explores the five-step process that we employ to ensure that your brand performance exceeds your expectations. As you will see, Andrews is your committed and dedicated partner at every step of the sales process.