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NBWA's 81st Annual Convention will take place Sept. 23-26, 2018, in San Diego, Calif.

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You may also email or mail a physical registration form.

Read all about NBWA's 81st Annual Convention in the Convention Brochure.


NBWA's Annual Convention will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego. You can book your room online, or call the Manchester Grand Hyatt at (888) 421-1442 and refer to the National Beer Wholesalers to receive the group rate. The group rate is $269 + tax per night for single and double occupancy. The last day to receive NBWA's group rate is August 28.

Seminar Presentations

NBWA's 81st Annual Convention will feature 18 education seminars. Education seminars are now included in your registration payment. The schedule permits for up to three seminars (one per day). And while there is no additional fee for seminars, you do need to register for the sessions you are interested in attending. Education sessions can fill-up, so make sure to secure your seat!


Friday, September 21
Noon – 5:00 p.m. | NBWA Board and Committee Meetings
Saturday, September 22
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | NBWA Board and Committee Meetings
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Registration Desk Open
Sunday, September 23
8:30 a.m. – Noon | NBWA Board and Committee Meetings
9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Registration Desk Open
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Education Seminars
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Distributor Member Meeting
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Next Generation Group Happy Hour
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. | Welcome Reception
Evening | Supplier Hospitalities
Monday, September 24
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Registration Desk Open
8:00 – 9:15 a.m. | Education Seminars
9:30 a.m. – Noon | Opening General Session
Noon – 2:00 p.m. | Next Generation Group Luncheon
Noon – 4:30 p.m. | Product Demonstration Showcase Open
Evening | Supplier Meetings and Events
Tuesday, September 25
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Registration Desk Open
8:00 – 9:15 a.m. | Education Seminars
9:30 a.m. – Noon | General Session
Noon – 3:00 p.m. | Product Demonstration Showcase Open
Evening | Supplier Meetings and Events
Wednesday, September 26
Morning | Supplier Meetings


Attention Associate Members! Get Your Product in the Hands of America's Beer Distributors

Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your product or services to the over 1,600 highly-qualified Distributors from across the country by exhibiting at the Product Demonstration Showcase.  Exhibiting is an exclusive opportunity for NBWA Members; learn more about membership.

Floor Plan

Exhibitor List

Reserve a Booth

Now a two-day event with over seven non-compete exhibit hours!      

·      Monday, September 24: Noon – 4:30pm

·      Tuesday, September 25: Noon – 3:00pm

The Product Demonstration Showcase exhibit hall is purposefully smaller than the biennial Trade Show in Las Vegas, making the Product Demonstration Showcase a more intimate event, giving you more exposure to the Beer Distributors in attendance.   

There are 2 options for booth sizes:

·      10'x10': $2,500

·      10'x20': $5,400

·      $125 per exposed corner

Space is limited; don't be left out!  Reserve your booth now.

For questions, please contact:

Chuck Wagner

Kristy Wagner

Exhibit Sales

Exhibit Manager




Media Registration

Registration for members of the “working press” (reporters and editors actively covering the event for a recognized news gathering organization) is complimentary for up to two registrants per publication.

To request media credentials for NBWA's 81st Annual Convention, please complete the online media credential application form. Requests for media credentials and registration must be made no later than Friday, September 21. Requests for complimentary media registration cannot be accommodated on site.

To request space to display your publication during NBWA's 81st Annual Convention, please complete the publication display request form. All publications are displayed at the discretion of NBWA.

Please contact NBWA Editorial Assistant Sara Neiman at with any questions.

2017 Convention Highlights

Take a look at some of the highlights from this year's convention:

And be sure to check out photos from the convention!


For more information about NBWA’s Annual Convention, contact the NBWA Membership & Meetings Department at 800-300-6417.

2017 NBWA Annual Convention and Trade Show