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C & L Distributing


C&L Distributing began in 1980 as an Anheuser-Busch beer distributor owned by Arland Carlson. Years later, a wonderful opportunity arose for two brothers, Tom and Joe Dick, originally from St. Michael, Minnesota, to have the opportunity to purchase C&L in March of 2019. Below tells of the rich history in family, beer and hard work which helped the Dick Boys pave a new path into the passionate business of beer.

The Dick family history in the beer business began back in the 1890’s in St. Michael, Minnesota with one wagon and a couple of horses.  Shown in the 1912 picture above is H.W. Dick  (Great Grandfather) on the right and Lambert Dick (Grandfather) on the left ready to deliver 32 gallon wooden kegs to the local pubs.

Four generations later in the beer business, Tom left his family’s company for other opportunities in the beer industry, where he ended up at C&L in 1997.  Through the years and ranks, Tom eventually became CEO in 2011 and part owner of C&L in 2013.  In 2019, Tom and his brother Joe, who was also involved in the beer business and joined C&L in 2012, bought out the rest of the company’s shareholders.  With family members working together, Tom and Joe Dick (4th generation), and Tom’s son, Dan (5th generation), C&L has a strong family foundation in the beer industry.  With great employees, suppliers and vendors, C&L’s goal is to continue the tradition of providing great service, products and community support for years to come.

Today, C&L not only distributes Anheuser-Busch products, such as, Budweiser and Michelob, but also carries a portfolio of local, regional and national craft beers along with imports and non-alcoholic beverages.

C & L Distributing

Mission statement:

Achieve long-term profitable growth through superior customer service, commitment, dedication and the capacity to adapt to change.

C&L Distributing Vision Statement:

To be the premier beverage distributor in our territory by forming long lasting business relationships with employees, customers and beverage partners.

Core Values:

Teamwork, Positive Attitude, Integrity, Communication, Accountability, Passion