Wherever You Are, We'll Bring the Drinks

People have always gathered to connect, celebrate and commiserate over their favorite fermented beverages. The COVID era has been no different, although our customers — wineries, breweries, distilleries and others — have faced significant challenges in meeting the needs of their customers over the past year.

Tasting rooms, restaurants, bars and liquor stores were shuttered for varying amounts of time. Consumers abandoned their offices and worked from home. Dining out disappeared, and then reemerged in novel ways. Folks found occasions to pop a cork, can or bottle at home. And through it all, our customers met their customers wherever they were, from sidewalk dining tables to their own front doorsteps.

We celebrate the dedication and creativity of our customers, who said through their actions, “Wherever you are, we’ll bring the drinks!”

Upslope Brewing

Boulder, Colorado-based Upslope Brewing Company makes premium ales and lagers that are artfully crafted using natural ingredients. Packaged in aluminum cans for exceptional portability and because it’s best for the environment, Upslope — a certified B Corp — complements its fans’ outdoor lifestyles and caters to the on-the-go beer enthusiast. 

Amid the tumult of the pandemic, Upslope cheered, “Wherever you are, we’ll bring the drinks!” In 2020 the brewery:

  • Pivoted to offer local delivery to their customers, expanded their outdoor seating and service, and introduced a contactless beer menu
  • Launched #ChugForCharity to raise funds for the Colorado COVID Relief Fund
  • Launched their new Electrolyte Series Spiked Snowmelt, an electrolyte-infused version of their original craft hard seltzer
  • Relied on Sovos ShipCompliant solutions to manage their brand registration requirements

Cheers to that!

"We happily partner with ShipCompliant to help us navigate laws and ensure that we're abiding by state regulations where we sell our beer. Because at Upslope Brewing, we like to focus on what we do best - producing and enjoying great beer. Cheers to someone else handling alcohol compliance for us!"

Barton Ray

Logistics & Distribution Manager, Upslope Brewing Co.

Moshin Vineyards

Family-owned and -operated, Moshin Vineyards has been producing terroir-driven and delicious wines in the Russian River Valley for over 30 years. Rick Moshin, owner and winemaker, sustainably farms his own prized Goldridge-soil Pinot Noir vineyards, and using the natural yeasts of his grapes — plus the help of a dedicated winemaking team — gently makes small-lot, premium wines in the company’s gravity-flow winery on Sonoma County’s famed Westside Road.

Despite an oft-closed tasting room and a halt to the tourism that is the lifeblood of wineries like Moshin Vineyards, in 2020 the winery:

  • Introduced curbside pickup to safely accommodate its patrons
  • Embraced the spirit of “Wherever you are, we’ll bring the drinks” by hosting virtual tasting events for wine lovers
  • Grew its direct-to-consumer wine shipping volumes under difficult circumstances
  • Used Sovos ShipCompliant tools to stay on top of compliance requirements along with customer-facing delivery communications

Cheers to that!

“We’ve been with ShipCompliant for eight years now, and 2020 was our highest shipping volume yet! To satisfy demand, we even applied for and received two new state DtC licenses in the last six months. Automated report notification and e-filing is clockwork. Branded customer facing emails with tracking information included are very handy, we can let our wine lovers know when to keep an eye out for the UPS truck. Thanks, ShipCompliant!”

Julia Lander

Director of Hospitality, Moshin Vineyards

Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Brewing Co. was born in 1986, when 28-year-olds Marcy and Geoff Larson founded the 67th independent brewery in the country and the first brewery in Juneau since Prohibition. Alaskan’s beers reflect many of the same characteristics of the beers brewed there during the Gold Rush era; from the historically based Alaskan Amber recipe to alder-smoked malts and Sitka spruce tips, Alaskan Brewing Co. beers reflect Juneau’s local brewing history and innovation.

When you’re based in Juneau, Alaska, it really means something to say, “Wherever you are, we’ll bring the drinks!” In 2020, the brewery:

  • Introduced new pilot series and limited release beers, and expanded its new hard seltzer lineup
  • Closed and reopened its tap room to protect the health of its customers and employees
  • Celebrated that even in uncertain times, the beauty of Alaska remains a constant
  • Relied on Sovos ShipCompliant to centralize and streamline compliance, reporting and distributor management

Cheers to that!

“Alaskan Brewing Co. has been using the services of Sovos ShipCompliant for five years. ShipCompliant has been integral to our expansion into new states of distribution and ensuring we are compliant. The reporting, licensing, label registration and distributor management features are thorough and inclusive. Having these consolidated services has enabled us to grow our geographic footprint while also having the assurance that we are staying in compliance in each state. Whenever we have a question or an issue, customer support is very responsive and quick to resolve the issue.”

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