The Capitol Beverage Company was founded in 1935 when the Mazzei family and the
Abruzzino family each invested to begin a beer distributorship in Charleston, West
Virginia. Eventually, the distributorship became a one-man operation,
ran by James Mazzei. Driving to the breweries to pick up his own beer and driving to
deliver the beer to customers was done by James himself. During his one-man operation,
James resided in a loft above the warehouse.
In the early years, Capitol Beverage sold brands such as Pfiefer beer in only four
counties. After many years of struggle, Mr. Mazzei obtained the rights to sell Falls City
beer. Falls City would grow to become the number one beer in West Virginia. As Falls
City grew, so did Capitol Beverage Company. Eventually, Stroh's overtook Falls City
beer to become the number one beer in West Virginia.
In the early 1970's the Miller Brewing Company was beginning to show a large increase
in sales. With the introduction of Miller Lite, Capitol Beverage became a successful and
In 1978, James Waugh joined the Company. Upon Mr. Mazzei's death in 1992, Waugh
became President of Capitol Beverage Company.
Since 1992, Capitol Beverage
Company has grown from a company with sixteen employees, covering all or part of five
West Virginia counties to a company with over 70 employees, covering all or part of
twenty-seven counties representing a portfolio of over 100 different brands. Capitol
Beverage Company sells almost half of all the Miller Brewing Company products sold in
the state of West Virginia.
Company Mission, Values and Guiding Practices
"A Passion To Take Every Step Possible To Exceed All Expectations"
We Are Dedicated Professionals
With A Commitment To Deliver World Class Customer Service
And An Ongoing Commitment To Exceed All Expectations
As We Create An Environment For Our Team
That Encourages their Growth And Strengthens Their Passion
To Move The Business Into The Future
To Become The Most Desired Beer Distributor In The State By Providing World Class
Service To Our Customers Through Aggressive Development And Implementation
Of Sales And Marketing Programs
Values - How we accomplish our mission is as important as the mission itself.
Fundamental to success for the company are these basic values:
People - Our people are the source of our strength. They provide our corporate
intelligence and determine our reputation and vitality. Involvement and
teamwork is our human values.
Products - Our sales and service are the end result of our efforts, and they should be
the best in serving our customers. As they are viewed, so are we viewed?
Profits - Profits are the ultimate measure of how efficiently we provide customers
with the best sales and service for their needs. Profits are required to survive and grow.
Quality Comes First -
To achieve customer satisfaction, the quality of our sales and
service must be our number one priority.
Customers Are The Focus Of Everything To Our Success-
We must strive for excellence everything we do. To the goals
we set, in the products we represent in that safety and value - and
in our services, our human relations, our competitiveness, and our
Employee Involvement Is Our Way Of Life -
We are a team. We must treat each other with trust and respect.
Employment Development -
We are committed to taking our people as far as they can:
go in line with their ability and desire to win.
Integrity Is Never Compromised -
The conduct of our company must be pursued in a
manner that is socially responsible and commands respect for its
integrity and for its positive contributions to society. Our doors
are open to men and women alike, without discrimination and
without regard to ethnic origin or personal beliefs.