Great Artisan Beverage Co. Expands in the North Country

great artisan 480SEATTLE — The Great Artisan Beverage Company is pleased to officially announce that The Preferred Group of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota has joined the distribution network of Great Artisan Beverage Co. The Preferred Group is a partnership of fifteen family owned independent beverage wholesalers selling and distributing a comprehensive portfolio of quality beverages.

As a whole, the Preferred Group provides service to over 10,000 bars, restaurants, liquor, grocery and convenience store accounts with over 5 million customers across their territory. Key markets include Minneapolis/St. Paul, Fargo/Moorhead, Sioux Falls and Rapid City.

Dean Bernick, of Bernick’s Distributing in Minneapolis, says, “The Preferred Group is very excited to join GAB. We feel the synergies brought together with these two groups will not only benefit the brewers we deal with, but will also provide additional resources for our teams. The expanded geographic coverage for group’s offers easy, value added, solution for current and future partners.”

Randy Christensen, President of Beverage Wholesalers, Inc. in North Dakota adds, “At Beverage Wholesalers, Inc., we are pleased to be part of the expanded eight State region of affiliated distributors that make up GAB. I think it’s a great fit for our Company since we have branch locations in two States distributing beer to 12 and 23 counties in North Dakota and Minnesota, respectively. The one point of contact for GAB management, supplier/distributor communications, supply chain and logistics should significantly enhance our ability to market, sell and distribute a portfolio of great craft and specialty malt beverage products. I think there is a high probability that the success of GAB will eventually make our current Preferred Group affiliation obsolete. Look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship.”

Nick Gagliardi, President of Great Artisan Beverage, comments, “After just a few meetings with the owners of these family owned network of wholesalers, it became clear that the Preferred Group has the same winning passion, drive and desire that Great Artisan Beverage was built on. It’s already been extremely rewarding to meet such high quality people throughout their network and this will strengthen not only our network, but enhance our key Great Artisan Beverage supplier partners.”

Great Artisan Beverage Co. is comprised of a network of independent beverage wholesalers, providing seamless sales, marketing and distribution opportunities to craft and specialty beverage suppliers throughout the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Nick Gagliardi directly at 425-456-3538 or at

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