CSB Story

Our History

Craig Stein founded C. Stein Distributing, Inc. in Washington State on May 14, 1990 when he purchased Cascade Distributing in Vancouver, WA. C. Stein Distributing, Inc. started with 11 employees.


Since 1990 C. Stein Distributing, Inc. has been aggressively growing its distribution business and has made significant acquisitions to build its beer, wine, spirits, soft drink and non-alcohol brand families in Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, and Idaho. In 1998, C. Stein Beverage Group (CSBG) was founded and Spirit Distributing Company in Boise, ID was purchased.


In March, 2008, CSBG purchased the Coors Distributing Company (CDC) in Meridian, ID. The CDC and Spirit Distributing companies were consolidated into a new company, Idaho Distributing Company. Nouveaux Distributing of Sun Valley was purchased in 2007. In 2010 the Idaho ROCKSTAR brand was purchased. In June, 2012, C. Stein Distributing, Inc. began selling spirits in SW WA. The company’s name was changed to CSB (Craig Stein Beverage) in 2013. In September of 2013 CSB began selling soft drinks (DPSG) in Eastern Idaho and Wyoming. In October 2016 CSBG acquired Owyhee Distributing in Nyssa, OR.


CSB, an Idaho corporation wholly owned by CEO Craig Stein, is the parent company of CSB WA in Vancouver, WA, CSB Idaho in Boise, ID, CSB Sun Valley, in Ketchum ID, and CSB Owyhee in Eastern Oregon.


As a result of CSB’s growth, the company is one of the largest beer, wine and non-alcohol distributors in the Northwest and Intermountain market areas. CSB employs approximately 400 associates.


In March, 2011, exciting changes were made to the CSB Executive Team. Craig Stein assumed the CEO position. Dennis McAuliff was promoted to President/COO. Rob Sims advanced to Director of Operations and Darin Hager was named Director of IT /Purchasing.


The company celebrated its 25th anniversary on May 14, 2015. Each location held an employee BBQ. The company recognized 7 of the original 11 employees continuously employed at its Vancouver, WA location. A new 25-year anniversary logo was introduced.