By Alyse Horn
“This building tells the story of Ray and his Dad, and making sure people had the beer they needed,” said Irv Gable, a managing partner of East Street Distributing Co., 807 E. Street.
Ray Kasunick, owner of Kasunick Beer Distributor, had his last day of operation on October 16, but as Gable said, Kasunick solidified his family’s legacy by turning the store over to fellow beer aficionados — East Street Distributing Co.
Gable said the company has made some updates to the facility, like signage and an additional cooler that will be installed in the next few weeks, but East Street is still about providing quality beer to the neighborhood. The company has also kept the same employees and has extended hours to make it easier for patrons to stop by and pick up a case. And soon, distributors will be able to sell six packs and single 32 oz. beers due to House Bill 1196.
“We’re trying to pick out beer that will provide a good time,” and if you can’t find the beer you are looking for, the distributor will order it for you, Gable said. Those wishing to purchase beer that East Street does not have can submit orders by Saturdays to receive it with the beer delivery that arrives on Mondays. Currently, there are about 150 different varies of beer available at the store.
Gable said Kasunick met the East Street crew through a mutual friend and it seemed like a “perfect fit.”
Kasunick took over the store from his dad, totaling 62 years for the Northside distributor under the Kasunick name.
“My Dad and I started the business with a vision to deliver great beer that customers love and to do it the right way,” Kasunick said in a press release.
Over the years, Kasunick’s delivered beer to over 40 local bars, taverns, restaurants, hotels and sporting venues.