During the past four years I have had the honor of working with Lauren in her roles at Lagunitas Brewing Company. In her sales leadership role, she ranks in the top five individuals calling on us across the beer, wine and spirits space. She has earned the lofty praise given her attentive approach, warm style, exceptional follow through, tremendous personal ownership and ultimately a wonderful business partner. She can excel in one on one encounters, small groups, large crowds or more casually at the brew pub. 

While it takes a village to make things run efficiently, there is no mistaking the importance of leadership, intellect, wisdom and drive ~ all of which help define Lauren Young for me. I wish her well in any endeavor and would welcome the chance to work with her or have her on my team in the future.

JIM BLUMLING  |  VP of Beer, Wine, and Spirits.  Safeway Albertsons.


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Working with Lauren is an absolute pleasure. Her level of professionalism combined with approachability is hard to find in this industry. She has an exceptional attention to detail and makes a point of providing the best customer service possible. I have the utmost confidence in her personally as well as her partnerships. Lauren is reliable, dependable and committed to a top-tier relationship with her customers; she is friendly and inviting and I would recommend partnering with her whenever possible.  

MARY GUIVER  |  Beverage Category Manager.  365 by Whole Foods Market.


Lauren is an exemplar to all who aspire to become an industry leader. Lauren was an outstanding student at Sonoma State University who worked on a special wine business research project in 2002, in which she learned about leadership and strategy in the Spanish wine industry. Lauren was one of those rare folks who could hit the ground running and bring added value to an independent project. After graduation, she put those lessons and capabilities to work for the beverage distribution sector. Most recently, Lauren achieved her entrepreneurial ambition by founding the California Beverage Co., a beer and wine import and distribution business, while taking time out of her busy schedule to mentor a new generation of students as they join her on the path to greatness.

DR. ARMAND GILINSKY  |  Korbel Professor of Wine Business.  Sonoma State University, CA. 


Lauren Young is a professional with a strong desire to succeed in whatever endeavor she pursues.  She is an energetic self-starter with a dynamic personality, who will sell you on her ideas, her products, and herself.   Her command of knowledge about her products is thorough, with a deep understanding of the attributes of each product she sells.

In the seven years that I have known Lauren, she has always been a delightful person to work with and a joy to socialize with, as well.  She knows how to work hard and enjoy her free time.  She sets goals and achieves them; she will be successful in anything she does. Lauren will be a huge asset to any organization, contributing at a high level.  It is my pleasure to recommend Lauren young to you.

BARRY GREEN  |  VP of National Accounts.  Ben E. Keith Distributing, TX.