San Diego Business Journal

Markstein Beverage Co., a beer distributor located in San Marcos, will be shutting its doors at the end of the year, according to a WARN filing with the Employment Development Agency. This follows the acquisition of "key Markstein assets" in September by Anheuser-Busch InBev. The terms of that deal were undisclosed.

According to the filing, approximately 60 employees are affected by the closure. Those employees will separate from their positions between Nov. 22 and Dec. 13, the filing reads. “Any employee who does not receive a full 60-day notice period prior to separation from employment will be provided pay and benefits in lieu of notice for the balance of the WARN Act notice period,” it said.

The filing also said no bumping rights exist as part of the reduction and none of the affected employees are represented by a union.

Markstein Beverage Co.’s San Diego operation appears to have been struggling for quite some time. According to Brew Bound, a craft beer news website, about a year ago, Markstein sold its distribution rights to the Constellation Brand portfolio, which includes Mexican import brands like Corona Extra, Modelo Especial and Pacifico, among others, to Reyes Beverage Group, headquartered in Illinois.

Markstein’s Sacramento-based wholesaler will continue to sell Constellation Brands’ portfolio in Northern California, according to a report on Brew Bound.

Travel & Hospitality reporter Mariel Concepcion can be reached at or 858-634-4625.