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Press Releases| Jun 3, 2020
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Today, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) released the Beer Purchasers’ Index (BPI) for May 2020. Data for the May 2020 BPI was collected from May 10 through May 20, coinciding with continued on-premise closures and simultaneous increased sales in off-premise establishments. The total BPI for May rebounded to 66 after falling to 35 in April. The May 2020 reading stands four points higher than the May 2019 reading of 62. This is the largest single monthly swing the Total Beer Index has ever recorded. BPI saw a significant rebound in the May index across all...
Press Releases| Jun 2, 2020
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Today, NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser issued the following statement: "The beer industry stands with communities and against racial inequality. We are appalled and saddened by the injustices inflicted on our friends and neighbors. We must take a stand against prejudice and bigotry. America must live up to the promise of liberty and justice for all. And we need to use this moment to renew our fight against injustice and work toward becoming a more perfect union. As Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, 'The time is always right to do what is right.' And that time is now...
Blog| May 29, 2020
NBWA and Distributors in the News Beer distributors play an essential role in moving goods during this crisis. They are working every day to keep America’s supply chain moving, making sure beer – and other products – get to store shelves to meet demand. These community businesses play an essential role in moving goods during this crisis. Local beer distributors are part of the fabric of their communities and are among the first to step up and help their neighbors in times of need. This pandemic is no different. Beer distributors are working locally and with their state governments to help the...
Blog| May 21, 2020
By Josh Noel | Chicago Tribune May 21, 2020 | 4:13 PM When a pandemic hands you old beer, you don’t make lemonade. You make Malort. In this case, the old beer was 160 kegs of Revolution Brewing’s flagship Anti-Hero IPA that were about to fall out of code while most bars and restaurants remain closed to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Rather than dump the beer, Revolution teamed up with Chicago’s CH Distillery to create a first: Malort made from beer. The product, which goes on sale Friday at Revolution, CH Distillery and Binny’s, pairs two modern Chicago icons: the city’s top-...
Blog| May 12, 2020
Today, NBWA's strategic partner Fintech is bringing you information on the benefits of distributor autopay. FintechLogo+Tagline_Blue_Horizontal.png Benefits of Distributor Autopay How transitioning to electronic payments is safer for your workforce and safer for your retailers. Now more than ever, you understand the importance of keeping your customers and teams safe and your business running efficiently. As regulations evolve in the post-COVID world and businesses have an increased responsibility to safety and security, are you confident that your current procedures are enough? Throughout...
Blog| May 6, 2020
Sales for drinking at home soar but alcohol companies say they do not offset bar closures By Alistair Gray and Judith Evans May 6, 2020 Americans have spent about $2bn more on alcohol in stores since the start of March than last year, but drinks companies are warning that the surge is failing to compensate for a collapse in business from restaurants and bars. Some drink makers have said they are straining to meet demand for some products as industry data show that sales to retailers, which were initially pushed higher by pre-lockdown stockpiling, have remained at elevated levels for several...
Press Releases| May 1, 2020
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Today, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) released the Beer Purchasers’ Index (BPI) for April 2020. The COVID-19 crisis has presented the economy and beer market with unprecedented challenges. Getting the right products safely into the right places to meet consumer demand has become more challenging and complicated than ever before. Data for the April 2020 Beer Purchasers Index was collected from April 6 through April 20, coinciding with the period of temporary on-premise closures and simultaneous increased off-premise volumes sales. About NBWA's Beer Purchaser...
Blog| Apr 28, 2020
As bars and taprooms close, many craft brewers have too much aging beer on their hands. But others are finding new ways to package and sell it. By Joshua M. Bernstein April 28, 2020 Earlier this month, workers at Bauhaus Brew Labs wondered what to do with the Wheat Sweats, its spring seasonal beer. The Minneapolis brewery had finished the second batch of the beer, a banana-scented hefeweizen, before Minnesota moved to prevent the spread of the coronavirus outbreak by ending on-premises sales at bars, restaurants and taprooms on March 17. Demand for draft beer dried up, and Bauhaus kegs and...
Blog| Apr 24, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic stranded unused beer in stadiums, concert halls, restaurants and bars. Now brewers and distributors facing sizable losses have to figure out what to do with it all. By Saabira Chaudhuri April 24, 2020 | 9:00 am ET Millions of gallons of beer stuck in stadiums, concert halls, restaurants and bars are fast going stale, leaving the beer industry with a tricky problem: What to do with all that booze nobody will ever drink? The coronavirus pandemic forced U.S. bars to close ahead of two of the country’s biggest drinking occasions: St Patrick’s Day and the “March Madness”...
Press Releases| Apr 21, 2020
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Today the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Michigan law that prevents out-of-state alcohol retailers from selling to Michigan consumers. In doing so, the Court reversed a district court decision in favor of an Indiana retailer seeking to sell wine to Michigan consumers, claiming the Michigan law is a violation of the dormant Commerce Clause because it treats Indiana retailers differently than Michigan retailers. However, Indiana retailers are not required to follow the same laws as Michigan retailers. NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser issued the following statement...

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