Independent distributors play important roles.

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Independent distributors play important roles.

November 30, 2014 12:00 am  •  

Recently, I traded steel for beer. After many years of working for U.S. Steel, I accepted a position with Indiana Beverage, a 75-year-old family owned independent distributor located in Valparaiso.

Perhaps it was destiny. There are pictures of me playing with empty returnable beer bottles at a very early age.

Beer has always been my adult beverage of choice, but prior to working for Indiana Beverage, I never thought about how my favorite beers arrived at my local retailers or the role of the independent distributor in that process.

An independent distributor delivers products from the brewery to market at retail. A walk through the beer section of your local grocery or liquor store reveals tremendous selection. A visit to your local tavern or restaurant provides numerous choices unavailable just a few years ago. Domestic, import and craft brewers continue to add excitement and energy to the beer industry. Northwest Indiana has some great local craft brewers.

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