One of my blogging goals, this year has been a breakdown of the 3-tier system focusing on each level. I’ve already covered general info on the 3-tier system and the history of its creation as well as a full post dedicated to breweries (links below). This post, as the title suggests, is all about the distribution industry and their role in the system.
- Introduction and History
- Distributors (you are here)
- My Conclusions
Put very simply distributors are large companies mainly comprised of warehouse space, trucks, delivery guys, and salesmen. Distributors take beer from breweries and move it to stores and bars. More complexly they warehouse a vast inventory of beers from a vast number of breweries and take care of the logistics of picking it up, storing it, and delivering it to a vast network of resellers.