Company History

 

Hunterdon was founded in 1996 by college buddies and fellow beer enthusiasts Michael Short and Dave Masterson. The company originally started out as a New Jersey microbrewery, producing and distributing their prized Jersey Shore Gold to a handful of loyal customers across the state. Mike and Dave managed the company on their own, working tirelessly as both as salesmen and delivery drivers for the first two years. Craft beer in the state of New Jersey was not at all where it is today and getting people on board was definitely a challenge. In 1998, they were able to hire a few salesmen and purchase a couple more vans to make life a little bit easier for the two passionate yet very tired young entrepreneurs. A year later they relocated from their small make-shift office in Califon, NJ that consisted of a sole phone, fax, computer and printer to their current warehouse in Phillipsburg, NJ.

When 2000 rolled around, Mike and Dave realized the need for craft beer representation in the state of New Jersey and decided it was time to make the switch to a full-time beer distributor. Some of their first brands included Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher, Yards, Allagash and a collection of unique imports from B.United International. Slowly but surely they began acquiring more craft brands and getting additional sales reps out on the street. Over the next decade, the name ‘Hunterdon’ became synonymous with craft beer in New Jersey and more and more breweries looked to Mike and Dave for help distributing their product in the Garden State.

Today, Hunterdon is proud to have one of the best craft beer portfolios in the country, with over sixty craft brands to speak of. The company also boasts a tremendous line of specialty imports, spirits, sakes, meads and ciders from around the world. Hunterdon’s client base has grown from 100 accounts in 1996 to over 1400 in 2011 with nearly 300 new accounts opened up just this past year. Mike and Dave are now supported by sixty-five full-time employees with twenty-three sales reps on the road each day spreading the gospel of craft beer.

From their humble beginnings as Jersey Shore Gold salesmen operating with one delivery van, a couple of hand trucks and a ‘fly by the seat of their pants’ attitude, Mike and Dave are proud of where their journey has taken them. And we hope you are too!

Please enjoy a delicious craft beer today!