First opened by the Murray family in the 1950s, Albany Beverage Company was created to serve Southwest Georgia, ensuring that retailers across Southwest Georgia could provide customers with a full range of beverages.
After prohibition was repealed in the 1930s, heavy federal, state, and local regulations prevented alcohol manufacturers from selling directly to retailers. Instead, manufacturers were required to sell alcoholic products through wholesale distributors. Initially, this process created enormous difficulties for small businesses, especially businesses outside of metropolitan areas. Without a wholesale distributor nearby, it was nearly impossible for local businesses to provide their customers with alcoholic beverages.
Mark Pirrung has been president of Albany Beverage Company since 1982. After discovering a passion for the beverage industry through a position at Anheuser-Busch, Mark decided to take his work to the next level—by working with beverages through his own distributorship.
Mark purchased the company in 1982, and Albany Beverage has seen success after success since. He also presides over Atlanta Beverage Company, located in the state’s capital. With extensive prior experience and immersive career in the beverage industry, Mark provides the team with expert insight and enthusiasm.
Albany Beverage Company’s Vice President and General Manager, Ricky Burdette, has been committed to the beer industry for over 30 years, serving in his current position for more than 14 years. Anheuser-Busch recognizes him as one of the top sales forecasters in the state and region.
Wes Terrell joined the team at Albany Beverage Company in 1993 and has served as Director of Sales and Operations since 2013. He oversees day-to-day planning and operations within the sales and warehouse teams, coordinating efficient teamwork between the two departments.