Craft & Import Division

 “Anyone can call themselves an expert on beer. But when consumers want great beer they need help from someone who really knows beer flavors, styles, and service.”  

                                   -Cicerone® Certification Program


The Cicerone® Certification Program has become the industry standard for identifying those with significant knowledge and professional skills in beer sales and service. The exam itself allows individuals to quickly demonstrate that they possess a professional body of knowledge and essential tasting skills related to beer.


Brewers Distributing is very proud to say that our Craft & Import division is spearheaded by not one, but two Certified Cicerone®, Pat Hartzler and Kevin Fitch. We proudly employ the only two of the three Certified Cicerones working at the wholesale level in Central Illinois. 

Our Brands

Against the Grain Brewery, craft beer, Brewers Distributing

Fed up and dissatisfied with the brewing status quo, Against the Grain has the drive to collectively make beer better. 


          Louisville, Kentucky

Alaskan Brewing Company, Craft Beer, Alaska, Brewers Distributing

Craft beer brewed in Louisville, Kentucky. They offer a variety of Pale Ales and Lagers.

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Dutch Brewery founded in Amsterdam. Amstel Light is an American Lager with 3.5% ABV.

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Bass Pale Ale has a dark amber color that is brewed in England and 5.10% ABV.

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Becks is a classic German lager with a distinctive full-bodied taste, fresh hoppy bouquet and rich color. 

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Located in Moline, Illinois. Bent River prides itself on having the best hand crafted ales and lagers in the Quad Cities.

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English pale ale with golden copper color and 4.7% ABV. 

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American Brewing company in Littleton, Colorado offering a wide variety of micro brews. 

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Started in Northeast Scotland, with a passion to make people as excited about craft beer as they were.

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Brewed in Mexico, Dos Equis provides a golden pilsner-style beer made from pure spring water and choicest hops. 

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Brewed in Seattle, Washington, Elysian provides a variety of year round and seasonal Ales.  

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This authentic Mexican beer is a premium pilsner that pours with a pale golden color and has  a refreshing and crisp flavor. 

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Firestone Walker uses the spirit of California to brew a wide variety of hoppy ales. 

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Brewed in Germany, this copper golden wheat beer unfolds with an aromatic fragrance and harmonious banana and citrus fruits. 

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Golden Road Brewery explores the various flavors of Los Angeles and combines them into a locally brewed craft beer. 

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Goose Island is brewed in Chicago, Illinois. They have continued to produce award winning craft beer since 1988. 

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With strong roots in Munich, Germany, Hacker-Pschorr is devoted to the art of brewing and enjoyable beer. They provide a range of wheat and seasonal beers. 

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This Dutch beer, which is known for its green bottle, is a pale ale made with barley, hops, and water. 

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Hoegaarden combines original wheat beer with fresh fruits to create a line of beers perfect for summer. 

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Iron Spike Brewing Company is a craft brewery in downtown Galesburg, Illinois dedicated to craft beer and community building. 

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Joose is a flavored malt beverage made from all natural ingredients. Joose products have an alcohol content ranging from 6%-12%.  

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Brewed in Japan, Kirin uses the most flavorful portion of the finest ingredients to create a premium American Lager.

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Kinky offers colorful cocktails packed with flavor. Packed with 8% ABV, Kinky is a perfect summertime refresher. 

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Brewed in Hawaii, Kona offers over a dozen classic ales and lagers that are all full-tasting beers, with a relaxed charm about them. 

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All the way from Belgium, Leffe blonde ale is an authentic abbey beer with a slight hint of bitterness. 

Maplewood is Illinois' first combination craft brewery and distillery located under a single roof. The offer a wide range of craft beers with unique flavors. 

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Murphy's is an internationally recognized Irish stout. It is dark in color and medium bodied with 4% ABV. 

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Newcastle is an English-style dark ale with a unique taste that has been around since 1927. It is full of flavor and easy to drink. 

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O'Fallon is a regional craft brewery that started in O'Fallon, Missouri. They brew balanced craft beers that focus on unique ingredients and local collaborations. 

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Paulaner is a German Brewery, known for its wheat beer. They also brew a line of award winning Oktoberfest beers. 

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Brewed in St. Louis Missouri, Perennial focuses on hand crafted, small batches of beer using local ingredients to make inspired ales. 

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Red Stripe is a 4.7% ABV pale ale lager with a golden color that is brewed in Desnoes & Geddes in Jamaica. 

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Riggs Beer Company, located in Urbana, Illinois, brews a line of Lagers wth ABVs from 5% to 6.2%, along with seasonal local craft beers

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Shiner Beer is the oldest independent Brewery located in Texas. It produces a diverse line of beers including their Flagship dark lager Shiner Bock. 

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Spaten, which is brewed in Munich, Germany, is known for its traditional lagers and Oktoberfest beer that range from 5.2% to 7.2% ABV. 

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Stella is widely known for its Belgium style pilsner. Along with the classic pilsner Stella brews a refreshing cider.

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St. Pauli Girl lager is brewed in Bremen,Germany. This is a very balanced German Lager with 4.9% ABV. 

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Tecate, which is brewed in Mexico, is an authentic full bodied lager with a grainy, crisp malt flavor and pleasant aftertaste. 

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Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Urban Chesnut spends time brewing different craft and modern American beers. 

Kona Brewing Co.

 The refreshing island flavors in Big Wave Golden Ale make each sip taste like a little Hawaiian getaway.