McBride Distributing Company
Anheuser-Busch Wholesalers, together with 12 breweries and a vast network of shippers, provide the most extensive and effective beer distribution system in the brewing industry. Refrigerated warehouses and computer-based inventory systems make sure our Retailers and Customers get the freshest, highest-quality beer available anywhere.
In November of 1949, Charles "Mac" and Ruth McBride acquired the rights of an Anheuser-Busch wholesaler. In February of 1950, incorportation became official! The only brands available were Budweiser and Michelob. The staff included 1 full time sales employee, 1 part time sales employee and Ruth worked in the office. There was 1 route truck, a station wagon and a 1950 Buick in the fleet. Annual sales were approximately 9600 cases and 300 kegs.
In 1964, Mac passed away, and his only child, Bob took over the company. Bob is said to have been the youngest person to take over a wholesalership - he was only 24.
In 1974, a new facility was built one block south of Dickson Street. It was home for the next 20 years! A 70,000 square foot warehouse was built in 1994 on the south end of Fayetteville.
McBride Distributing entered the new millenium with 37 employees, 1.5 million in sales, and over 18 different brands to offer the people of Northwest Arkansas.