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

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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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Gerald Sheehan succeeds Domero as company President.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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