Andrews Distributing co-founder Barry Andrews passed away on Tuesday. He was 77 years old when he died. In 1976, Andrews and his wife Lana started a modest 5,000-square-foot business on Agnes Street with a few employees.
Over the years, they expanded it into the prototype for the “multi-brand beer distributor,” a single business with rights to multiple different beer brands, which has now become the industry standard.
“Barry Andrews is a true lion of the beer industry with the spirit of a lamb,” National Beer Wholesalers Association CEO Craig Purser said in a press release.
The 29-year-old Carroll High School alumnus’ purchase of a distribution business in the Miller neighborhood in 1976 gave him his first break.
After that, he started buying the rights to brands like Corona and Modelo.
He later expanded the company to Dallas, moving its headquarters there in 1994 and acquiring the rights to famous brands in Corpus Christi and Dallas, including Heineken, Guinness, Shiner, Coors, Pabst and Tecate.
What started as a small company has grown to about 2,000 employees in its 47 years of operation, with five warehouses, one of which is located on Junior Beck Drive in Corpus Christi.
He revealed the secret to his success—both personal and professional—in a 2012 interview with D Magazine.
Cause of death of Barry Andrews
Barry Andrews, co-founder of Andrews Distributing, passed away on September 19, 2023, at the age of 77.
The cause of his death has not been revealed by his family.
Andrews is a respected industry leader who is known for his innovation and commitment to growth. He founded Andrews Distributing in 1976 with his wife, Lana, and grew it into a successful company with more than 400 employees.
In addition to his business achievements, Andrews is also a philanthropist who supports many charities and organizations.
He is a member of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation Board, the MD Anderson Board of Visitors, and the Highland Park United Methodist Church Parish Pastoral Council.
Obituary of Barry Andrews
Andrews is survived by his wife, Lana, brother Trey and sister, Judy. A memorial service will be held on September 22, 2023, at Highland Park United Methodist Church at 1 p.m.
Additionally, he is a member of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation Board, the MD Anderson Board of Visitors and the Pastoral Parish Council of Highland Park United Methodist Church. He also hosts the annual MD Anderson Living Legends Luncheon in Dallas.