The Rucker family first started in the beer business in 1964 with the purchase of a Stroh’s distributor in Michigan. The Ruckers moved to Beckley, WV in 1989 when they purchased the local Anheuser-Busch wholesaler (Mountain Eagle). In 2000 the Ruckers acquired the Anheuser-Busch and Gallo wine distributor in Romney, WV and renamed it Northern Eagle.
Proud Eagle was founded July 1st, 2008 with the purchase of the Anheuser-Busch rights for the Charleston and Parkersburg, WV markets. Proud Eagle delivers nearly 3.5 million cases of beer annually, the largest beer wholesaler in West Virginia covering all or parts of 14 counties. The Rucker Group is now a network of WV beer wholesalers with an annual volume of 5 million cases, covering 40% of the state, accounting for 1 out of every 4 beers sold in the entire state.
Mountain State Beverage (MSB) was formed in April 2011 with the acquisition of Corley Distributing, a beer and wine wholesaler in Beckley. MSB covers every county in West Virginia from three locations. Their wine sales represents nearly 50% of the states wine category volume. Their suppliers include Gallo, Constellation, The Wine Group, Sutter Home, Beringer, Yellow Tail, and Kendall-Jackson, amongst others.
Bill Rucker, Jr.
CEO, President, and Principal
Vice-President and Principal
Managing Partner Mountain State Beverage & Northern Eagle, Romney
COO and Principal
Managing Partner Proud Eagle, Charleston/Parkersburg