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1898

Luigi Cortelli immigrates from northern Italy to Plymouth, Massachusetts.  He starts a small business that sells groceries from a push-cart and becomes Louis Knife in America. Knife is the English translation for Cortelli!

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Early 1900s

Louis adds grains and animal feed to the business as well as seasonal items like Christmas trees. With success in sales and delivery, Louis trades his cart for a storefront and becomes a distributor.

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1934

Louis' son, Domero, establishes a distribution agreement with Anheuser-Busch.

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1956

Gerald Sheehan, Domero’s son in law, joins the company as a route salesman. The Sheehan name will come to play a prominent role in the company's future.

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1963

Gerald Sheehan succeeds Domero as company President.

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1968

Sheehan Family Companies acquire Seaboard Products in Danvers, MA, increasing its footprint to include the North Shore of Boston.

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1983

Sheehan Family Companies add an Anheuser-Busch distributor in Liverpool, NY, renaming the business T.J. Sheehan Distributing.

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1983

With an eye on international beer brands, Sheehan Family Companies founded St. Killian Importing, a beer importing company based out of the Kingston, Massachusetts.

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1983

Sheehan Family Companies purchase L&M Wholesale, and adds a warehouse in Westmoreland, NY. L&M becomes Tri-Valley Beverage in 1985.

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1987

Sheehan Family Companies expand into Wisconsin with the acquisition of Beechwood Sales and Service. Our first foray into the Midwest.

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1993

The Sheehan family establishes the Sheehan Family Foundation, a charitable organization focused on environmental protection and education.

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1996

Sheehan Family Companies acquire Union Beer Distributors in Brooklyn, NY.

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2002

The Craft Brewers Guild MA portfolio joins the SFC network, establishing state-wide craft beer distribution in Massachusetts. A watershed moment for all.

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2003

Union Beer Distributors acquires Craft Brewers Guild NY, growing the Metro NY footprint.

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2005

The purchase of Hunterdon Distributors brings the Sheehan Family Companies into New Jersey.

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2007

The Sheehan Family Companies launch GreatBrewers.com, a website devoted to beer enthusiasts.

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2008

Tim Sheehan succeeds Gerald Sheehan as CEO. Jerry continues with the company as Chairman.


2009

SFC purchases Specialty Beverage of Virginia and Legends Limited of Maryland.

2010

Sheehan Family Companies established two operations, Craft Beer Guild of New Hampshire and Craft Beer Guild of Rhode Island.

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2010

SFC opens a solar-powered recycling facility in Kingston, Massachusetts, furthering the company's commitment to greener operations. Cheers to sustainability!

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2010

With its Beverage Wholesaler of the Year award, Beverage World Magazine honors SFC’s outstanding service and dedication to innovation.

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2011

The Sheehan Family Companies expand to Kentucky, partnering with Beer House Distributing.

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2011

SFC increases its New England footprint with Craft Beer Guild of Vermont.

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2012

The Sheehan Family Companies complete its New England expansion with Craft Beer Guild of Maine and Craft Beer Guild of Connecticut.

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2012

Craft Beer Guild of San Diego opens as the first Sheehan Family Companies distributor on the West Coast.

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2012

A carefully curated selection of boutique distilleries are brought together in March of 2012 under the newly formed spirits division, Blueprint Brands.

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2013

SFC continues to grow on the Pacific Coast with the acquisition of El Dorado Distributing, rebranding it as Craft Beer Guild of Los Angeles.

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