About Us

All 3 Tiers

3 Tier Beverages had been an idea of ours for several years as a way to provide sales and marketing direction to companies taking their first steps or needing assistance navigating the path they are already traveling. 3 is more than just the number of businesses in the alcohol distribution system; supplier, distributor and retailer. 3 is the number of steps we will take to provide solutions, step one is to understand, step two is to strategize together and step 3 is to implement.

Supplier

Manufacturer of the product,
but can include importers.

Distributors

The middle of the process and the only time a supplier sells a product.

Retailers

Independent or chain, On or Off premise, the final touch to the consumer.

Our founder

My career in the beverage industry started out on the retail side working at bars and restaurants in Chicago until my first supplier job with SAB selling Pilsner Urquell previous to their acquisition of Miller Brewing Company. Opportunity to build out a new sales team at Goose Island led me there during their transition from an externally led sales and marketing organization to recreation of an internal team. My next move was to Heineken/USA as a part of the Star Brand Imports team managing distributors along with developing and implementing the annual business plans across the Midwest. When Heineken made the decision to close our import division it led me back to craft beer and to Dogfish Head where the middle of America became my home managing their distributor side of the business along with On Premise National accounts. My final stop before beginning this next step was at Revolution Brewing back home in Chicago for the last eight years building out their sales, marketing and logistics side of the business from case zero. 3 Tier Beverages is based out of the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago where it shares office space with a wife, two daughters and a 100lb Chocolate Labrador who thinks he is a lap dog. 3 decades of genuine, authentic and real experience in the beverage industry working for you.

Donn Bichsel, CEO
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Joe Sepka

co-founder

I began my career in the CPG industry a little over a decade ago with PepsiCo as a contract pricing analyst for raw ingredients. Over the next few years, I grew into a variety of data-intensive roles including developing P&Ls and volume forecasts for new innovation launches, utilizing IRI data to track and forecast Tropicana market share movement, developing selling stories for our Naked Juice and Trop Chilled chain teams (with a focus on our Kroger and Albertsons divisions), and co-managing the national relaunch strategy for O.N.E. Coconut Water.

In 2018 however I was ready for a change and made the (very difficult) decision to leave PepsiCo for a new role at Revolution Brewing managing the data department. Having spent most of my previous career at a large multinational corporation, I was particularly excited to work somewhere where our products were manufactured onsite. This was where I discovered I had a particular passion and love for the Bev-Alc side of the CPG industry. At Revolution Brewing, I worked alongside Donn Bischel (Sales Director at the time) to develop best in class reporting tools for the sales team, effective and compelling retailer presentations, an effective forecasting process, and an achievable business plan that could be tracked and executed against. 

In 2020, I made the decision to leave Revolution to help launch 3 Tier beverages. Each day I leverage my passion for data to assist our clients find new opportunities in their respective Bev-Alc spaces, and help “level the playing field” when competing for space against the big guys.

In addition to being data-obsessed, I enjoy hikes, playing chess, recording music, and above all spending time with my wife Rosy and (sometimes) grumpy but loveable dog Albus.

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Molly McGrath

Business Development
Manager

I am a graduate of Elmhurst University and was fortunate enough to spend a semester in Australia where I took classes specializing in digital marketing. After college, I worked as a consultant for about a year where I was managing accounting systems, assisting with data creation, providing marketing initiatives for the rollout of digital media, and creating technical manuals for clients.

I am very excited to build on my experience with 3 Tier Beverages and grow with the company! I live in the Roscoe Village neighborhood with 4 roommates; my mom, stepdad, sister, and brother plus a guinea pig named KitKat. We love to scare each other so there are daily screams and lots of laughter in our house! I was a collegiate volleyball player who missed the competitive team comradery so these days I play kickball with a group of college and highschool friends.

On the weekends I go camping and hiking with my boyfriend and I love to travel, especially to visit family in Canada, Ireland and England! 

 

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