This is Part 3 in a series of The Taste of Emporia vendor Q&As that will lead up to the event on April 18th!
Becky Siljenberg is the Import, Craft, & Specialties Sales Associate for Flint Hills Beverage.
Q: What can you briefly tell us about Flint Hills Beverage?
A: We are a beer/non alcohol wholesaler who proudly distributes Anheuser Busch products as well as several large, small, local craft breweries and imported products.
Q: What has your experience been like at previous Taste of Emporia events?
A: We love the Taste of Emporia event! Having the event in April works out really well as it gives us a chance to feature new products in our portfolio, as well as sample some of the local favorites.
Q: What do you look forward to most at this year’s Taste of Emporia?
A: I feel like we have some great new beers this year that I’m dying for people to try. I love to hear the feedback from the tasters, which helps me sell the products into the retail accounts. As a saleswoman, the weeks after are always fun to see how much the Taste of Emporia helps with pull through out in the market!
Q: What products should this year’s participants expect from you? Anything new?
A: We have several new items that we want to sample. Brands from Anheuser Busch, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, Cider Boys, and a few more!
Q: What new products do you have coming available that we should know about?
A: As far as Anheuser Busch we have 3 flavors of Mix Tails –Hurricane, Long Island Tea, and Fire Walker, Oculto, and Shock Top Lemon Shandy
Sierra Nevada- Year Round beers called Nooner Pilsner, Hop Hunter IPA, and summer seasonal Summerfest, along with their Summer Variety 12 pk is new this year.
New Belgium- New Summer Seasonal Skinny dip will be here any day
Deschutes- Twilight Summer Seasonal will be here any day
Tallgrass- 16 Bit Double Pale Ale 16oz 4pk cans, Halcyon summer seasonal will be here anytime
Abita- Strawberry Harvest is here
Odell- St Lupulin will be here soon
Uinta – New brewery for us – they have Hop Nosh IPA, Detour Double IPA, and BaBa Black Lager
Ciderboys- Spring Seasonal Raspberry Smash, Summer Seasonal Peach is here, and Pineapple will be here soon. We won’t be sampling all of these at the Taste, but I wanted folks to be on the lookout!
Be on the lookout for more Vendor Q&As soon!