Legislative Conference 2022 | NBWA: America's Beer and Beverage Distributors

APRIL 3 – 6, 2022

Over 500 independent beer distributors from across the country attended the National Beer Wholesalers Association’s (NBWA) first in-person Legislative Conference since 2019. During the conference, beer distributors met with over 300 Capitol Hill offices to advocate on issues impacting the beer industry and their businesses, including the importance of the three-tier system, ongoing challenges related to workforce retention and recruitment as well as differentiation between types of alcohol.

Don't forget to mark your calendars for next year's NBWA Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. on April 23 - 26, 2023!

"NBWA’s Legislative Conference is a chance to come together in our nation’s capital, where we can gather over a cold brew and discuss our legislative priorities."

- Peter Heimark, Heimark Distributing, NBWA Chairman of the Board
Policy Issues Briefings

NBWA’s team of federal policy experts will give you an in-depth analysis on legislative issues that are of importance to the beer distribution industry.

Connect with Congress

Meet with lawmakers to advocate for your business and educate them on pressing issues facing the industry.

Speakers

Charlie Cook

Founder of The Cook Political Report
Political Analyst for the National Journal

Renowned political analyst, Charlie Cook, is the founder of the Cook Political Report, an independent, non-partisan political newsletter analyzing U.S. elections and domestic political trends. From the main stage, he will provide expert analysis of the upcoming 2022 congressional races and the impact the elections will have on the power dynamics in Washington.

Hon. Josh Gottheimer

Congressman (D-NJ)
Co-Chair, Problem Solvers Caucus

We will be hearing from the Co-Chairs of the Problem Solvers Caucus, Congressmen Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). Beginning in 2017, the Problem Solvers Caucus became an independent member-driven group in Congress, comprised of representatives from across the country – equally divided between Democrats and Republicans – committed to finding common ground on many of the key issues facing the nation.

Hon. Brian Fitzpatrick

Congressman (R-PA)
Co-Chair, Problem Solvers Caucus

We will be hearing from the Co-Chairs of the Problem Solvers Caucus, Congressmen Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). Beginning in 2017, the Problem Solvers Caucus became an independent member-driven group in Congress, comprised of representatives from across the country – equally divided between Democrats and Republicans – committed to finding common ground on many of the key issues facing the nation.

Laurie Knight

Executive Vice President, Government Affairs
NBWA

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 A. Purser

President & CEO
NBWA

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.

Peter Heimark

President
Heimark Distributing

NBWA Chairman Peter Heimark will welcome attendees and give an update on NBWA’s work to strengthen the beer distribution industry.

John Bodnovich

Executive Director
American Beverage Licensees

Justin Kissinger

CEO
Worldwide Brewing Alliance

Jim McGreevy

President and CEO
Beer Institute

David M. Wulf

Deputy Administrator
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)

Program

SUNDAY, APRIL 03,2022
12:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Registration Desk Open

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Early Bird Reception

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Next Generation Group Reception

This event is by invitation only.

MONDAY, APRIL 04,2022
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Registration Desk Open

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast Buffet

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Education Seminar

Federal Affairs: Being Your Best Advocate
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Education Seminar

The Big Return to On-Premise and How Beer Can Work to Win It
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Education Seminar

Distributor Member Session: Trade Practices Update

This session is for distributors only.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Distributor Member Meeting

Join your fellow beer distributors for a closed-door session to better understand the policy and legal challenges as well as opportunities facing distributors. This session includes the issues briefing in advance of legislator meetings. This session is for distributors only.

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

General Industry Session

Hear firsthand from political leaders and industry partners about policy issues that are important to the beer distribution industry.

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Reception

Co-Hosted by NBWA and the Beer Institute
TUESDAY, APRIL 05,2022
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration Desk Open

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast Buffet

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

State Coordination Roundtable Breakfast Meetings

Coordinate, prepare and plan for your legislator meetings with your state’s fellow distributors.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Legislator Visits

The majority of congressional visits will be conducted in hill offices.

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

NBWA PAC Chairman’s Circle Reception

By Invitation Only – This event recognizes those members and companies that provide the maximum support for the association’s Political Action Committee (NBWA PAC).

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Cheers: A Celebration of Beer & Food

NBWA’s signature event, which hosts distributors, members of Congress, their staff, members of the media and Washington insiders to celebrate this great industry. You won’t want to miss it!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 06,2022
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration Desk Open

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Legislator Visits

The majority of congressional visits will be conducted in hill offices.

Seminar Descriptions
 

The Hyatt Regency

400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

(800) 233-1234

Highlights

"The next generation of beer distribution leaders must remain politically engaged. The Legislative Conference will help boost advocacy efforts for our companies and our industry.”

- Blair Watson, Brown Distributing Company

“I come to DC to help lawmakers understand the issues that are important to family-owned businesses like mine. Nothing beats the face-to-face connection.”

- Tate Russell, Kentucky Eagle Inc.

CANCELLATION POLICY: All requests for refunds must be made in writing. Telephone requests cannot be honored. You must send written notification of cancellation to Jenna Sugg by email at jsugg@nbwa.org. A 100% refund will be made on registration cancellations received in writing by March 11, 2022. A $100 administration fee per person will be charged on registration cancellations received in writing March 12 through March 28, 2022. No refunds will be made after March 28, 2022.