L. Knife & Son Companies

Vision

To be the best beverage distribution company in the world by continuously improving employee satisfaction and customer satisfaction.

People

Since L. Knife & Son’s inception over a century ago, the company’s paramount focus has been on our people. Today, the L. Knife & Son companies employ a team of more than 1,200 of the most passionate and best educated individuals in the beer industry, bar none.

Management

Portfolio

The core portfolio for the L. Knife & Son companies is comprised of the Anheuser-Busch InBev family of products. To compliment the most popular lineup of beers in the world, all divisions of L. Knife & Son progressively maintain the finest selection of craft and specialty beers available in their respective markets.

Operations

The L. Knife & Son companies maintain 500,000 square feet of environmentally controlled warehouse space that exceeds the highest level of standards and ensures product reliability year round. Each division has made extensive capital investments in technology to maintain the highest in-stock rate in the industry.

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Divisions

California
Craft Beer Guild Distributing of California - San Diego (Southern California)
Craft Beer Guild Distributing of California - Los Angeles(Greater Los Angeles)
Connecticut
Craft Beer Guild Distributing of Connecticut (statewide, Connecticut)
Kentucky
Beer House Distributors of Kentucky (statewide, Kentucky)
Maine
Craft Beer Guild Distributing of Maine (statewide, Maine)
Maryland
Legends Ltd. Distributing (statewide, Maryland and Washington, D.C.)
Massachusetts
L. Knife & Son, Inc. (southeastern Massachusetts)
Seaboard Products (northeastern Massachusetts)
Craft Brewers Guild of Boston (Boston, central and western Massachusetts)
Montana
Craft Beer Guild Distributing of Montana (statewide, Montana)
New Hampshire
Craft Beer Guild Distributing of New Hampshire (statewide, New Hampshire)
New Jersey
Hunterdon Distributors (statewide, New Jersey)
New York
T.J. Sheehan Distributing (Syracuse and western New York State)
Tri-Valley Beverage (northeastern New York State)
Union Beer Distributors (New York City, Long Island, and northern counties)
Rhode Island
Craft Beer Guild Distributing of Rhode Island (statewide, Rhode Island)
Vermont
Craft Beer Guild Distributing of Vermont (statewide, Vermont)
Virginia
Specialty Beverage of Virginia (statewide, Virginia)
Wisconsin
Beechwood Sales & Service (Milwaukee and surrounding counties)
Specialty Beverage of Wisconsin (statewide, Wisconsin)
Importing
St. Killian Importing

History

L. Knife & Son was founded in 1898 by Luigi Cortelli, a shepherd and immigrant from northern Italy, who settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Mr. Cortelli, whose name was Americanized to Louis Knife, sold groceries from a horse-drawn cart, and eventually added grains and animal feeds to his business. His son Domero established a distribution agreement with Anheuser-Busch in 1934 following the repeal of Prohibition. After Domero’s death in 1963, his son-in-law, Gerald Sheehan, bought the business and has been its president since.

The company, which is now four generations strong in family ownership and operation, has grown to include an importing company, and 18 distribution operations which provide statewide coverage in California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin.

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