Distributor Employee Spotlight

America’s 3,300 independent beer distribution facilities employ 130,000 men and women across the country. The NBWA Employee Spotlight Program highlights standout beer distribution employees and showcases their achievements. In the spotlight: Gary Thibodeau of Maine Distributors in Bangor, Maine.
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America’s Beer Distributors Generate 130,000 Direct Jobs

A new economic impact report provides the first-ever comprehensive report on beer distribution companies' total impact on national and state economies, including $54 billion in overall U.S. economic benefits.
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The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Brewers Association (BA) jointly presented the 2014 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award to J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. of Tampa, Florida. The award, now in its eighth year, was presented on October 4, 2014, at the Great American Beer Festival® hosted by the BA in Denver, Colorado. The award recognizes an American beer distribution company that does the most to market, promote and sell craft beer.

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NBWA-TV was on hand to capture all of the highlights from NBWA's 77th Annual Convention, held September 28 - October 1 in New Orleans. Watch NBWA-TV newscasts to see live reports covering all of the excitement from this year's convention along with videos showcasing the 2014 NBWA Legislative Conference, how independent beer distributors are Main Street businesses fueling Wall Street and how distributors are working with craft breweries to build awareness for their brands and help them grow.

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Read the special NBWA 77th Annual Convention issue, which provides a look at the activities of the National Beer Wholesaler Association, including membership programs and services. Read a message from NBWA's incoming chairman of the Board of Directors, why warehouse visits are key to building relationships on Capitol Hill and how NBWA is engaging with beer bloggers. Also read about NBWA's Share Your Story Contest, the Next Generation Group, the Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award and more.

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NBWA Chief Economist Lester Jones reports good news for the industry. According to Commerce Department trade data released October 3, total August volumes were up 15.2 percent compared to August 2013. This is the third straight month of double digit increases for imports this year. As of August 2014, combined domestic and import volumes are now +0.6 percent higher than the same time last year.

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America’s beer distributors offer great jobs that are well-suited for service members transitioning to civilian life! Help give veterans the opportunity to work by posting your company's job openings to https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs.

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October 6, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is proud to announce its Board of Directors officers for the 2014-2015 term. Eric Best, general manager/partner of Bob Hall LLC in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, takes the helm as chairman of the Board. He assumed the position and its responsibilities during NBWA’s 77th Annual Convention held September 28 – October 1 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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October 4, 2014

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Brewers Association(BA) are pleased to announce that J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. of Tampa, Florida, has been selected as the 2014 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year. The award, now in its eighth year, recognizes the beer distribution company that does the most to market, promote and sell craft beer. NBWA and BA presented the award jointly today at the Great American Beer Festival® in Denver, Colorado.

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September 30, 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Eric Best, general manager/partner of Bob Hall LLC in Upper Marlboro, Mar

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September 30, 2014

Public Affairs and Political Action Awards Presented at NBWA 77th Annual Convention

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) honored several industry leaders today during NBWA’s 77th Annual Convention taking place September 28 – October 1 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The NBWA Public Affairs Award recognizes outstanding efforts to advocate for and promote the beer distribution industry through effective communications and public affairs initiatives.  It was presented to the Pennsylvania Beer Alliance.

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October 22, 2014

It took Kansas City Bier Co. LLC less than a year to expand its distribution to the entire metropolitan area, and now it's planning to add bottle or can sales to its current keg sales. The brewery has five distributors that enable it to ship beers anywhere in the Kansas City area. Its beer is currently available at about 150 bars and restaurants, from Blue Springs in the east to Shawnee in the west, Raymore and Pleasant Hill in the south and North Kansas City in the north.

October 22, 2014

Heineken will remain an “active player” in seeking acquisitions, despite having fended off an approach itself from SABMiller, according to the Dutch brewer's CFO. Speaking to analysts following the group's nine-month trading update, Rene Hooft Graafland said that the Heineken family had rejected SABMiller's offer as it wanted to “preserve the heritage and identity” of the company. 

October 22, 2014

The North American Guild of Beer Writers announced the winners of its 2nd annual beer writing contest earlier this month at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. The contest highlights excellent writing about beer in a variety of contexts including Beer and Food writing, Best Blog, Best Book, Best Brewspaper/Free Zine writing, Best Magazine writing, Best Newspaper writing, Best Online Magazine writing, and Best Podcast. Taking 1st place again this year was Literature and Libation by Oliver Gray. Bryan Roth won 2nd place with his blog 

October 22, 2014

"Beer has to have water," said Luis Cayo, general manager for the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Los Angeles, which has survived many droughts over the last 60 years. "The amount of water in a standard can of beer is about 92 percent." This drought, however, is the most severe on record, and there's no end in sight. Agriculture operations and manufacturers across California are drilling deeper, paying more, and competing with each other and with residents for water. But in the brewing business, it's not just the water going into the cans. It's the water used to clean tanks.

October 17, 2014
Rick McAmis, area manager at Premium Beverage Sales in Springfield, Missouri, was recently recognized on stage at NBWA’s 77th Annual Convention in New Orleans as the winner of NBWA’s Second Annual Share Your Story Contest. <
September 28, 2014
Read the special NBWA 77th Annual Convention issue, which provides a look at the activities of the National Beer Wholesaler Association, including membership programs and services. Read a message from NBWA's incoming chairman of the Board of Directors, why warehouse visits are key to building...
September 12, 2014
Since 2005, Georgia beer distributor Eagle Rock Distributing Company, which serves retail customers in East Atlanta and Northwest Georgia, has set an example of how one company and its employees can make a big difference to a charitable organization and honor those warriors who gave their tomorrows...

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