North Carolina’s Expanding Interest in Craft Beer Sparks Job Growth at Mims Distributing Company

Leading Beer Distributor Adds Draft Tech, Brand Development Manager, Delivery Driver and Promotional Positions as More Craft Brands Come to the State.

Raleigh, NC, April 19, 2013 --( Mims Distributing Company (, a beer distributor servicing a nine-county area in and around the Triangle, has announced that it has hired a new draft technician, brand development manager, delivery driver and a promotional manager in response to North Carolina’s growing presence as a craft beer powerhouse in the nation. With more new brands entering the North Carolina market for the first time, such as Bear Republic Brewing from California, and North Carolina breweries expanding around the state, such as Foothill Brewing from Winston-Salem, Mims Distributing has added a new delivery route to its operations along with the three new employees and two internal promotions to meet the demand for craft beers.

In recent years, Mims has seen its craft beer portfolio expand rapidly, with brands such as Samuel Adams, Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada becoming household names among North Carolinians. In a recent National Beer Wholesalers Association economic impact report, the organization revealed that beer distributors are responsible for generating nearly 10,000 jobs in North Carolina and more than $500 million in salaries and wages. Mims Distributing Company employs approximately 125 people.

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“As North Carolina celebrates its first ever craft beer month, it is important for us to remember that beer is more than just a tasty beverage – it is a major job creator in this state,” said Chip Mims, CEO of Mims Distributing Company. “As we continue to have new brands enter the market and existing brands grow in popularity, we look forward to adding more jobs to accommodate these expansions, as well as continue to give back to the community we serve.”

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About Mims Distributing Company:
Established in 1964 and based in Raleigh, N.C., Mims Distributing Company provides domestic, import and craft beer brands to licensed retailers in nine central N.C. counties – Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren. It is the area’s distributor for all Miller brands, including Miller Lite, Miller High Life and Icehouse. Mims’ imports include Newcastle Brown Ale, Dos Equis, Red Stripe, Palm, Rodenbach, and Sapporo. It handles such craftbrews such as Yuengling, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, Magic Hat, Anchor and Narragansett. Mims also carries cider from Crispin and non-alcoholic Arizona Tea. In 2007, Mims received the prestigious High Life Achievement Award from Miller, which recognized its top distributors in the nation. That same year, Mims also won the Newbie of the Year Award from Magic Hat as its best new distributor. In 2009, Mims was awarded Magic Hat’s Pouring Partner of the Year Award as its top distributor in the country. Active in the local community, Mims supports efforts such as the Walk for Hope, and the Frankie Lemmon School. For more information, visit

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