Legislative Conference | NBWA: America's Beer Distributors

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Now’s the time to make your voice heard and to share the story of why your business is essential to your community. During the conference you will hear insider political analysis and gain a deeper understanding of how federal policies affect your business from our team of experts. Then you will get the opportunity to meet with your legislators virtually to educated them on the importance of the independent beer distribution industry. The registration rate is only $199 per attendee. Click below to sign up!

"2020 taught us the importance of advocating for our companies and our industry. This conference is the perfect opportunity to help us share the positive impact beer distributors have on communities across the country with our legislators."

- Patrick Blach, Blach Distributing Co., NBWA Chairman of the Board
More Grassroots Than Ever!

This year you have the home court advantage for your meetings with legislators. Educate your representatives about the distribution industry and tell your company’s story all within your own warehouse.

Relationship Building

Building and maintaining strong ties with your legislators is key to keeping your business running. NBWA will coordinate with Capitol Hill offices to set you up to meet with your elected officials.


The Honorable Joe Manchin

U.S. Senator

Having served in the Senate for more than a decade as well as six years as a Governor, Senator Manchin has a branded reputation for independent leadership. He will provide his insights on what’s happening in Congress today.

Amy Walter

National Editor
The Cook Political Report

She is known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington. For more than 20 years, Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers.

Sam Calagione

Founder & President
Dogfish Head Brewery

Sam joined the Beer Growth Initiative (BGI) steering committee this year and is bringing his excitement and marketing knowledge to the campaign. He will share the mission and goals of the collaborative campaign which brings together leaders in the beer industry, including brewers, beer distributors and trade associations.

Mike Barnes

EVP and Chief Revenue Officer
Andrews Distributing Co.

Mike Barnes plays a key role in the Beer Growth Initiative. He will discuss how distributors have been leading the charge and are a driving force for the campaign as well as unveil the 2021 upgrades to the Beer First toolkit.

Laurie Knight

Executive Vice President, Government Affairs

Laurie Knight will join NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser to provide an update on the pressing policy issues making up the advocacy agenda for this year’s Legislative Conference. Laurie was once again named one of the nation’s top lobbyists by The Hill newspaper.

Craig Purser

President & CEO

Craig Purser will provide an industry update and discuss the policy issues impacting beer distributors. Purser continues to be recognized as a leading advocate in Washington. He again was honored as one of the nation’s top lobbyists by The Hill newspaper.

Patrick Blach

Blach Distributing Co.

Patrick Blach will welcome attendees and give an update on NBWA’s work to strengthen the beer distribution industry.


The lineup is packed with dynamic speakers who will provide insights on a range of topics and issues impacting the beer distribution industry and your business.

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"Goodwill is at the heart of what you do as beer distributors. One of the best ways to gain that goodwill is building strong relationships with your federal and local representatives."

- Craig Purser, NBWA President & CEO

“It’s important for the next generation of beer distribution leaders to increase their political participation. The Legislative Conference will equip us with the tools necessary to advocate for our companies and our industry.”

- Rebecca Maisel, Gulf Distributing Holdings, LLC, NBWA Political Action Committee Chair

2020 was one for the history books. It seems like every day presented a new challenge and the National Beer Wholesalers Association was an essential partner to distributors every step of the way. NBWA's around the clock advocacy and support was vital to getting our industry through the uncharted waters of 2020.

2019 Legislative Conference