Craft brewers are an American success story. 4,000+ breweries operating in the U.S. More than one new brewery opening every day. 18% annual growth. Why are craft brewers booming? Innovative and quality products. Eager and excited consumers. And partnerships with independent beer distributors. Distributors make significant investments in brands to help them reach the consumer and grow.
Do you know how that ice cold beer you enjoy at the end of a long day, at a ball game or with dinner makes its way safely to you, the consumer? The answer is America’s 3,300 beer distributors which employ 130,000 people.
What are beer franchise laws? State franchise laws are a key component of state alcohol regulations; they address the relationship between beer suppliers and distributors. They support consumer choice, brewer access and public safety.
In many other countries, the alcohol beverage industry has fallen victim to the infiltration of counterfeit and poisonous products. News stories from countries around the world describe people being injured and even dying after consuming tainted alcohol. Why has this problem not become an issue in the U.S.? Because the U.S. has a time-tested, regulated and transparent system in place for alcohol distribution that works to protect consumers.
Why not take advantage of the countless styles and flavors of beer by trying them in your favorite recipes? Beer can add a distinctive flavor to your favorite food by substituting for wine or water. Consider these beer pairing tips and recipes.
Enjoying a cold glass of your favorite brew isn’t the only way to experience the wide range of flavors of beer—beer can also be used as a cooking ingredient to add a distinctive flair to your favorite recipes. With its unique flavors and so many styles, beer can be the secret ingredient that makes just about any recipe taste even better. From appetizers to desserts, a splash of beer can make the difference between a recipe that tastes good and a truly memorable culinary experience.
Beer distributors are leaders in their communities and care deeply about promoting the responsible and legal consumption of the products they sell. Working with their brewer and retailer partners, the men and women of the American beer distribution industry play a critical role in the effort to eliminate drunk driving, alcohol abuse and the underage purchase and consumption of alcohol.
Distributors across the country are conserving resources in warehouses, on the roads and in the marketplace. Among other sustainable programs, beer distributors are utilizing alternative energy sources by undertaking initiatives that range from energy-saving lighting technologies to fuel-saving hybrid or biodiesel beer trucks.
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