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Rich Quality, Rich History

1851: Kalman Haas and Leopold Loupe establish Loupe & Haas—a grocery operation serving the booming gold rush settlement of San Francisco.

1871: Haas Brothers adds Cyrus Noble Bourbon Whiskey from Kentucky to its selection of offerings.

1897: Haas Brothers is incorporated as a California corporation under the direction of William Haas.

1906: The San Francisco earthquake destroys Haas Brothers’ downtown storefront, and a grand new building is built on the corner of 3rd & Canal St.

1917: The Prohibition Act is passed, causing Haas Brothers to rely on the wholesale of green coffee beans to San Francisco roasters to survive.

1934: With the repeal of prohibition, Haas Brothers returns to trading in wholesale spirits with renewed determination.

1945: Sumner Burrows joins the company after serving in WWII, and envisions the growth of ‘white-goods’ spirits gin and vodka.

1954: Haas Brothers closes its grocery business to develop a trade in world-class spirits.

1961: Sumner Burrows is elected president of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America.

1968: Haas Brothers appointed as the Western master distributor for Tanqueray Gin.

1973: Haas Brothers appointed as the Western master distributor for Stolichnaya Vodka.

1975: Haas Brothers appointed as the Western master distributor for Canadian Mist Whisky.

Present: Haas Brothers continues to attract and nationally develop world-class spirits brands in innovative and emerging categories.

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