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Commerce and Community: Oct. 17, 2013

Commerce and Community: Oct. 17, 2013

News and notes from around the business community

DeCrescente wins national craft beer award

MECHANICVILLE — The National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Brewers Association have announced that DeCrescente Distributing Co. of Mechanicville has been selected as the 2013 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year.

The award, now in its seventh year, recognizes the beer distributor that does the most to market, promote and sell craft beer. NBWA and BA presented the award jointly at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

DeCrescente Distributing Co. was founded in 1948 when Angelo and Josephine DeCrescente began their beer distribution business with just one truck and a few beer brands. Today, the company employs more than 350 people, services 11 counties in upstate New York and distributes craft beer to nearly 2,100 retail accounts through its craft and specialty beers division.

Agent honored for community work

SCHENECTADY — Allstate insurance agent Haresh Bhatia, whose office is at 128 Erie Blvd. in Schenectady, has received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to volunteering in the community.

With this award came a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for the Tri-City India Association Inc in Albany, where Bhatia volunteers.

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