About Erie Beer
A little Erie Beer history…
In 1933 at the end of Prohibition, John T. McCormick and his partner Harold Mulvihill started the Erie Beer Company. They were able to secure the franchise rights to Erie County for Anheuser-Busch a few months later. During those early years many small local and regional breweries existed and were distributed through Erie Beer Co. In those early years, deliveries were made to not only taverns and distributors but homes too. Home deliveries were a big part of the overall business.
In 1960, John T. McCormick bought out his partner Harold Mulvihill and brought his oldest son, Michael McCormick into the business to eventually become the President of the company. John’s sons Philip and Edward would then follow once they completed college. John T. McCormick passed away on April 1, 1972. Following his death the decision was made to end home deliveries and concentrate on just tavern and distributor business.
In 1968, the family decided to bring on the Stroh Brewery. This little known brewery would double in size and grow many times over the next several years. It would become the biggest selling brand in Erie throughout the 70’s and early 80’s. Anheuser-Busch would then grow into the market leader from then on. It still remains the market leader today.
In 2006 the McCormick family bought the Anheuser-Busch wholesaler in Franklin, PA. This would expand the Erie Beer Company’s territory for Anheuser-Busch to a total of five counties.
Over the past few years, the third generation of the McCormick family has taken leadership roles in the day-to-day processes. Paula McCormick, VP of Operations leads the warehouse and delivery department. Beth McCormick, VP of Specialty Sales leads the Import/Specialty department. Kevin McCormick, VP of Sales, heads the Anheuser-Busch portfolio of brands and sales department. Josh Solt, Craft Beer Manager, leads the craft beer department.
- To be the best beer company in a better world.
- To deliver volume growth ahead of industry growth.
- To grow revenue ahead of volumes.
- To maintain strong financial discipline and ensure that costs remain below inflation.
People Make the Difference - Being the best means having the best people.
Our Culture, Our Passion
- Ownership is an important part of who we are and how we behave.
- Our people really own this company and treat it as if it were their own.
- Above all – We are truly consumer-centric, sales driven company and everything we do is geared towards our mission of creating bonds with consumer through brands and experiences that bring people together.