HISTORY

In October 2014, Capitol Beverage (established in Austin in 1976 by Roy Butler) and Wright Distributing Co. (established in Bastrop in 1948 by Louis & Virginia Wright) formed a new company called Capitol Wright Distributing, LLC. Immediately, this new company purchased Saunders Distributing in La Grange, which was the first entity to go under the new umbrella.

In January 2015, Capitol Beverage and Wright Distributing also merged under this new Capitol Wright Distributing (CWD) umbrella. To complete the merger and acquisition, CWD then purchased Keg 1 Austin. These four companies and cultures brought together their various and similar portfolios of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and continued to service retail accounts in fourteen counties out of nine warehouses.

Under the leadership of Ed Butler, President of CWD, the Butler Family purchased land and built the new home for CWD on the Southeast corner of Highway 290 and Toll Road 130 in Manor. This 435,000 square foot warehouse now houses all of the North and South Austin locations and the Taylor operation; and eventually incorporated the New Braunfels and Bastrop operations as well. 

Capitol Wright Distributing services 2,061 off-premise accounts (convenience stores and grocery stores) and 2,476 on-premise accounts (bars and restaurants) in fourteen counties and employs approximately 600 people as an equal employment opportunity wholesale beverage distributor of Texas. 

 
 

MANAGEMENT

Board of Directors

  • Edward S. Butler, President

  • Dell Boothe, Vice President and General Manager

  • Jane Wright, Vice President and Director of Operations

  • Matt Harriss, CFO

  • Tom Clayton, Director of Marketing

  • Clay Kibby, Director of Fleet and Delivery

  • Sandy Kibby, Board Member

  • Grant Butler, Board Member

  • Beth Granger, Board Member

Sales Management

  • Jason Soll, General Sales Manager

  • Rick Riccitelli, Division Sales Manager, Small Format Off Premise Chain  and C- Stores

  • Donald McDaniel, Division Manager Grocery & Large Format Accounts

  • Willie Schmidt, Division Manager On-Premise Accounts

Impact Accounts

  • James Kleinfelder, Division Manager Impact Accounts

  • Steve Cantu, Impact Accounts Specialist

  • Ken Cardenas, Impact Accounts Specialist

  • Brett Curry, Impact Accounts Specialist

  • Terry Wilkins, Department Manager Retail Assortment

Marketing and Brand Management

  • Tom Clayton, Director of Marketing

  • Mario Chapa, Brand Manager & Special Projects, Molson Coors Brewing Co., Revolver, St. Archer, Pabst

  • Russell Patterson, Brand Manager Heineken USA, Diageo USA, ABITA, Stella Artois, Seagram’s, Free Tail Brewing, EG Wine

  • David Spencer, Brand Manager Constellation Brands, Ballast Point, Four Corners, Mike’s, Press, Sazerac

  • Derek Haverkamp, Brand Manager Gambrinas, Boston Beer, Thirsty Planet, Hops & Grain, St. Arnold, Friends & Allies, multiple crafts and wines

  • Richard Gamboa, Non-Alcohol Brand Manager

Operations

  • Todd Rovelstad, Senior VP of Operations

  • Jane Wright, VP Director of Operations

  • Woody Spaulding, Facilities and Shop Manager

  • Emilio Cruces, Warehouse Manager

  • Ryan Slaughter, Receiving Manager

Delivery

  • Todd Rovelstad, Senior VP of Operations

  • Clay Kibby, Director of Delivery and Fleet

  • Darryl Jackson, Senior Field Delivery Manager

  • Jesse Ramirez, Senior Field Delivery Manager

  • Everth Escobar, Field Delivery Manager (Grocery)

  • Matt Galbreath, Field Delivery Manager

  • John Ramirez, Field Delivery Manager

  • Manny Reyes, Field Delivery Manager

  • Clay Sparks, Field Delivery Manager

  • Andrew Ratliff, Field Delivery Manager

  • David Hernandez, Driver Route Trainer

  • Matthew Worcester, Driver Route Trainer

  • Rodney Bradshaw, DOT Compliance

Human Resources

  • Dolores Thompson, Human Resource and Safety Coordinator

  • Cortney Wehrman, Human Resources and Payroll Coordinator

 
 
 
 

NEW ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

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PBR
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PBR
Pabst Blue Ribbon Extra - 4/6/16 oz. Cans
PEARL
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NEW NON- ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

Aquahydrate
A PERFORMANCE WATER BRAND
Calypso
Calypso – Taste of the Islands. Variety of flavors!
Chameleon Cold Brew
ORGANIC, SPECIALITY GRADE COFFEE
CBD Living Water
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CForce Water
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Moonshine Sweet Tea
VARIETY OF FLAVORED TEAS!
Nestle Beverages
Find in COLD-CASE aisle!
Nestle Water
Richard's Rainwater
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Sparkling Ice
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Uptime
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NEWS

SEPTEMBER 2019 BEER TEAM SIX HOSTS PETE COORS

On premise has been busy this past quarter. There have been fundraisers, football games, and Pete Coors coming to town to celebrate Coors Banquet Draft. Pete Coors visited Austin in September to celebrate with Nickel City as they poured their one millionth ounce of Coors Banquet Draft. Almost two years ago when the bar opened, they had a goal to reach a million ounces of Coors Banquet Draft sold. They never imagined Mr. Coors himself would celebrate right alongside of them and sign a plaque to hang in the bar as a memento. Year-to-date, Nickel City has sold over 1.3 million ounces of Coors Banquet Draft.

 

In addition, while visiting Austin, Mr. Coors stopped at Yellow Jacket Social Club and Frazier’s, two of CWD’s top Coors Banquet Draft accounts, where he graciously stepped behind the bar and served the faithful patrons a cold Coors Banquet Draft. He also enjoyed a few games of shuffleboard and pool with a few lucky people at Frazier’s. 

 

Attending the Coors Banquet event at Nickel City Bar were CWD President Eddie Butler, General Manager Dell Boothe, Operations Analyst Grant Butler, Sign Shop Manager Tyler Binford, Field Sales Manager Charles Coburn, General Sales Manager Jason Soll, MillerCoors Brand Manager Mario Chapa and Division Manager of On-Premise Accounts Willie Schmidt.

AUGUST 2019 Boston Beer Training Produces Cicerones

Capitol Wright Distributing hosted Matt Perazelli, a Beer and Cider Educator with The Boston Beer Company, for an aggressive training session at the Manor headquarters in June. Live training covered various topics including the extensive Certified Beer Server testing preparation. As a result of this training, CWD now has multiple employees in various departments throughout the Company who are Level 1 Cicerone Certified Beer Servers. 

To achieve the first level certification, candidates must learn the fundamentals of serving beer, such as the following: beer clean glassware, a proper pour, and the ability to recognize beer not ruined by improper handling. The Cicerone Certified Beer Server Exam assesses the skills required to be able to talk about beer styles and flavors. We are proud to have this type of expertise among the following seasoned CWD employees:

Andy Willingham   Domingo Medina   Mark Powel

Antoine Brown   Donald McDaniel   Matthew Ratliff

Blake Havelka   Glen Bertsch   Meagan Shubert

Bobby Levine   Howard Wilson   Philip McClung

Brandon Gilroy   James Kleinfelder   Raoul Medina

Brett Curry   Jared Melde   Rick Riccitelli

Brian Brinkmeyer    Jim Oakes   Roberto Flores

Carter McFadden   J. D. Pinon     Steve Bradshaw

Carter Travis   John Garcia     Steve Cantu

Charles Coburn   Johnny Panatex    Steve Schmidt

Chris Calderon Joseph Fletcher Terry Wilkins

Chris Hathaway Justin Hochevar Todd Carter

Colby Fisher   Keith Brooks   Will McDowell

David Garza   Ken Cardenas    Willie Schmidt

Derek Haverkamp   Lexi Parker

 

Congratulations to all these Level 1 Cicerones, and many thanks to Boston Beer for facilitating this training. We look forward to adding more employees to this list and to seeing some of these folks seek more advanced Cicerone levels. 

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