Fremont Brewing signs on with Columbia Distributing

Columbia Distributing announced today that it will assume the distribution of Fremont Brewing beers throughout Washington State. Previously, Odom Corporation handled Fremont’s distribution. This news is probably only of immediate interest to bar owners, beer retailers, and other breweries. In that regard, this is notable news.

Here is the press release from Columbia Distributing:

Fremont Brewing Partners with Columbia Distributing in Washington

Seattle, Washington (July 6, 2015) – Columbia Distributing will assume the distribution of Fremont Brewing’s beer throughout the majority of the state of Washington. Founded in 2009 by Matt Lincecum, the Seattle based brewery and taproom has quickly become one of the most popular and fastest growing breweries in the state with its small-batch artisan beers.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Fremont. Their success in one of the most competitive craft markets in the country is a testament not only to the quality of their beers but to their exceptional people,” said Chris Steffanci, President of Columbia Distributing Washington. “Their team stood out to Columbia as one of the best in class, the more we learned about their organization; the more we felt this was a very strong match for us”.

Winner of countless awards, including Rate Beer’s 2014 “Top 100 Breweries in the World,” Fremont’s brews include Universal Pale Ale, Interurban IPA, the best selling craft beer in the state, Summer Ale, and Wandering Wheat as well as numerous seasonal, barrel-aged and special release styles.

Fremont has received nearly as much notoriety for its environmental, social and economic sustainability practices as it has for its beer. Among its many charitable efforts, Fremont is the founder of the national Hops for Heroes project to benefit military veterans and their families as well as the Pink Boots Society, a national organization dedicated to empowering women beer professionals.

About Fremont Brewing

Fremont Brewing is a family-owned craft brewery founded in 2009 to brew artisan beers made with the best local ingredients we can find. From the “orange can” Summer Ale to the “yellow can” Interurban IPA and the award-winning barrel aged beers, Bourbon Abominable and Bourbon Barrel Dark Star, Fremont’s brews beers of distinction….Because Beer Matters! Need more?

About Columbia Distributing

Columbia Distributing is one of the nation’s finest beer, cider and non-alcoholic beverage distributors. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the company has distributed some of the best known brands in the beverage business since 1935. Today Columbia Distributing and its 2,500+ employees service over 20,000 retail customers covering more than 135,000 square miles in Oregon and Washington. The company’s success is based on the deep-rooted tradition of delivering quality products, timely service and a genuine concern for customers’ needs. This is achieved by providing ongoing, sustainable opportunities and growth for its employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders and communities. For more information, visit


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  1. It’s not. Interurban does not sell more than Mannys or African Amber or countless others. Not sure why they would put such an extravagant untruth in their press release.

  2. Wow, another punch in the gut to the sweat equity Odom put into building the brand, too bad! Has anyone seen the beer catalog of Columbia? Talk of lost in the shuffle, ask one of their reps to tell you of all the breweries they have and sku’s!

  3. Hey, guys. If you’re in the industry, it’s only fair to out yourself rather than use Kendall’s forum to advance some message….

    So, Interurban IPA 6-packs are the best selling craft beer statewide in all grocery as reported by IRI, the company that compiles all scan data from off-premise sales.

  4. being a former Odom sales employee who sold in one of the largest fremont sales routes, and friends with the current sales force, it is a gut check, but in the logistics of distribution and expansion Odom is a small piece in the mix, Columbia can distribute and push Fremont beer in Oregon and Washington with more logistical reasoning… While I will say if i was still at Odom Id be upset, I will say this Matt you do you! the quality and consistency you and your brewers put out demands statewide dominance… not gonna stop me from enjoying any of the delicious Session Ale that just came out… or enjoying the beer garden for a good lunch time beverage.

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