Beer Madness 2015 Results: Two Missouri Breweries Take Top Honors

The Washington Post's 2015 Beer Madness competition has named two champions. A blind-tasting panel of readers and beer experts chose Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale as the winner. Boulevard also advanced to the final of the public voting bracket, where the Kansas City brewery faced St. Louis’s Schlafly Kolsch. In the end, Schlafly Kolsch pulled away, winning 3,811 to 2,854.

HEINEKEN USA Appoints Ronald den Elzen as CEO, Succeeding Dolf van den Brink Who Will Lead HEINEKEN Mexico

HEINEKEN USA announced that effective July 1, Dolf van den Brink will be the new CEO of Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma/HEINEKEN Mexico. He will be succeeded by Ronald den Elzen, the current managing director of HEINEKEN Portugal. 

NY: Sanzo Beverage and Big Ditch Brewing Team Up

Big Ditch Brewing Company, a microbrewery located in downtown Buffalo, has chosen Sanzo Beverage as its partner in Western New York. Sanzo Beverage is responsible for sales and distribution for Big Ditch Brewing Company products throughout Cattaraugus, Allegany, Wyoming, Genesee and Orleans counties. The partnership took effect this month.

TX: Freetail Brewing Co. Expands Distribution to Houston

Freetail Brewing Co., located in San Antonio, has expanded distribution into Houston. Local wholesaler, Silver Eagle Distributors, will began delivering to accounts across Houston and surrounding areas on March 30. The initial roll-out is draft only, and includes four year-round core brands and a limited-release seasonal option. An additional core brand and seasonal variety will hit the market in late April.

CA: Golden Road Expands Distribution to Arizona

Southern California’s Golden Road Brewing has announced plans to expand distribution throughout Arizona, bringing its beers outside California for the first time. The brewery has signed with Golden Eagle Distributors, which will sell the company’s core line and seasonal offerings to retailers. The rollout is scheduled for early May.

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Press Releases| Mar. 31, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Throughout the month of April, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) will be recognizing Alcohol Awareness Month, as highlighted by the U.S. Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to raise awareness about alcohol abuse. 

“Alcohol is a unique product that is not for everyone,” said NBWA President Craig Purser. “National Alcohol Awareness Month is an appropriate time to recognize that alcoholic beverages need to be effectively regulated to help combat abuse and to ensure they do not end up in the hands of those under the legal drinking age. Responsibility begins with effective regulation, and the United States has had a time-tested system of alcohol regulation in place for more than eight decades – a system that allows the states to decide how best to regulate and track alcohol.”

NBWA is advocating for Congress to reauthorize the Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act. The STOP Act, which became law in 2006, highlighted health and safety concerns related to underage drinking and provided funding for state initiatives to address such problems. It also authorized a national media campaign, new grant programs and research to combat underage drinking. Additionally, it formally established and funded the federal Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD), chaired by SAMHSA, to help coordinate the various federal agencies involved in alcohol issues.

The STOP Act is a proven piece of legislation that combats the consequences of underage drinking while affirming the regulatory value of today’s state-based system of alcohol regulation. This landmark legislation recognizes that alcohol is different than other consumer products and is best regulated by the states, consistent with the 21st Amendment. 

Alcohol is not like other consumer products and can have consequences if abused. That’s why beer distributors are regulated and work to take steps to ensure the safe and legal sale of alcohol, fight efforts to weaken regulations that provide a safe and orderly marketplace and participate in programs that promote alcohol education and responsible consumption only by adults of legal drinking age.

The 130,000 men and women of the American beer distribution industry work to encourage responsible consumption and to eliminate alcohol abuse of all types, including drunk driving and the underage purchase and consumption of alcohol. 

NBWA encourages parents, educators and community leaders to join efforts to encourage responsible and legal consumption by utilizing SAMHSA resources that can help educate young people about the dangers of underage drinking and the importance of making smart decisions. More information about these resources can be found at


 The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents the interests of America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributor operations in every state, congressional district and media market across the country. Beer distributors are committed to ensuring alcohol is provided safely and responsibly to consumers of legal drinking age through the three-tier, state-based system of alcohol regulation and distribution. To learn more about America’s beer distributors, visit For additional updates from NBWA, follow @NBWABeer on Twitter, watch NBWA videos on  and visit

The 101 Best Beers in America

For the past six months, Men's Journal has been consulting with regional beer experts, quizzing the judges of best-beer contests, and soliciting favorites from the regulars at neighborhood microbreweries, and then sampling the recommendations themselves. The result is a beer tour across the U.S. - two beer picks for every state, plus one from Washington, D.C.

Personal Spending, Income Rise in February

U.S. consumer spending barely rose in February as households boosted savings to their highest level in more than two years, the latest sign that the economy hit a soft patch in the first quarter. Economic growth has been undercut by bad winter weather, a strong dollar, a now-settled labor dispute at busy West Coast ports and softer demand in Europe and Asia. The slowdown in activity, however, is expected to be temporary.