Recent rumors of craft beer distribution changes in the Memphis area were confirmed this morning when Steve Barzizza, sales manager at Southwestern Beverage (the low-gravity distributors under the Southwestern Distributing umbrella) announced the following on his facebook page:
“Well kids, here it goes. Southwestern Beverage has been sold to Budweiser of Memphis. I want to thank everyone for given me the best ride anyone could ever ask for especially Gene and John Barzizza. I also want to thank everyone who has given my all the support and love that I could ask for over the past 20 years. I hope you will continue to support Budweiser of Memphis and show them the same love that you have given us. They have make the commitment to continue what we have started and is putting together a great team. My son Michael Barzizza will be at Bud of Memphis to help carry the tourch. I dont know where the wind will take me,but like they say “one door closes and another opens”. Again, Thank your for making my life Wonderful! I love each and every one of you!”
Southwestern Beverage distributed more than 30 beer brands, including Memphis’ own Ghost River Brewing.