News & Updates

Booze from vending machines? No way, beer and liquor groups say

Beer distributors and independent liquor stores are lining up to oppose a proposal for high-tech beer and wine vending machines in South Florida. The Beer Industry of Florida, the Florida Beer Wholesalers Association, and the Florida Independent Spirits Association led separate motions to intervene in the case last Thursday. A newly-formed Miami-Dade company is seeking […]

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Pepin Distributing Company receives commendation from Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners

The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners presents proclamations and commendations to recognize important dates and causes, and to celebrate the significant contributions of businesses, groups, and individuals to the people of Hillsborough County. Below is the commendation that Pepin Distributing Company and Skipper’s Smokehouse were honored to receive; The Hillsborough County Board of County […]

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Anheuser Busch brings in 310K cans of water

Anheuser Busch stepped up to bring in more than 310,000 cans of clean drinking water to areas of the state affected by Hurricane Irma. The brewing company made deliveries Friday in Fort Pierce, Orlando and Sarasota and the American Red Cross will handle the final leg of delivery to the people and communities that need […]

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Florida’s Beer Industry Finally Gets Some Much-Needed Wind In Its Sails

If you’ve visited Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom over the past couple of years, you may have noticed something a little … unusual … and I’m not talking about the ghost of deceased welder “George” on the Pirates of the Caribbean experience. Whereas you might have watched your dad sip on a cold, familiar Bud […]

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New Proposed Law Could Shake Craft Brewers’ 3-tier System

A proposed craft brewery bill in Florida could collapse the tower of the three-tier system that now exists between breweries and distributors. The state House on Feb. 7 filed House Bill 679, a companion bill to Senate Bill 554, which would give small businesses looking to break into the craft-brewing business a chance to deliver […]

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Beer distributors emphasize local presence amid beer industry consolidation at national convention

Participants at all levels of the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) annual convention, held Sept. 25-28 in Chicago, affirmed over and again the importance of local knowledge and relationships in their businesses. The NBWA exists to support America’s independent beer distributors through advocacy and education, and AB InBev’s move to acquire SABMiller loomed large in […]

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More Breweries Find a Home on the Treasure Coast

The Treasure Coast’s young brewery scene is experiencing a growth spurt. After a relatively late start compared to the rest of the nation, more craft breweries are opening here and existing ones are expanding. Treasure Coast’s newest and largest brewery, Islamorada Beer Co., opens Friday in Fort Pierce just two months after Walking Tree Brewery […]

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The Growth of Great Bay

Great Bay Distributors was founded in 1968 by Claude & Nina Focardi and family. From its humble beginning, operating a tiny warehouse in St. Petersburg and carrying only three brands from a single supplier, Great Bay has grown into one of the largest beer distributors in Tampa Bay. Today, Great Bay distributes 350 beer brands […]

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