Monarch Beverage Company warehouse outside Indianapolis, IN, for a tour during the 2012 Beer Bloggers Conference, I thought 1.3 million cases was a lot of beer. That's until Bob Mack of World Class Beverages, a division of Monarch, told us it was only a three week supply for one of the Country's largest distributors.
There were stacks of Coors Light bigger than my first house, but pallets of craft beer dotted the landscape like a beer geek's treasure hunt.
Indiana Microbrewers Festival. Before the tour, Monarch treated us to a tasty dinner with a very fine perk at the end: Bell's Brewery's Black Note Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout, a very limited, highly desired imperial stout. Yeah, beer bloggers get the perks that matter.
The system not only organizes deliveries by store, but organizes the trucks so the deliveries come off the truck in the order of the stops. Overall, it significantly increases efficiencies for Monarch's 600 employees who fill 80 delivery routes each day.
My pictures don't do this system justice, but you're fortunately not stuck with my marginal photography skills. Here's a video of the system in action, courtesy of Monarch Beverage:
And now back to the inanimate portion of our programming. Monarch also has a gigantic beer fridge. It's the ultimate man cave (if you're keen on chilly temperatures) where stacks of kegs go on for days. Check it out along with more of the action: