ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is seeking nominations for the Fourth Annual Brewer Partner of the Year Awards. The awards will recognize brewers who produce great beer, build strong partnerships, provide valuable education and offer support to their distributor customers who deliver their beers to market. The awards will be presented during NBWA’s 81st Annual Convention, Sept. 23 – 26, 2018, in San Diego, Calif.
NBWA will present three awards: “Brewer Partner of the Year Gold Award,” “Brewer Partner of the Year Silver Award” and “Brewer Partner of the Year Bronze Award.”
NBWA distributor members and brewers are invited to nominate any brewer they believe is deserving of an award. Nominations will be accepted until June 29, 2018.
“Independent beer distributors across the country take great pride in working with innovative brewers and importers of all sizes to provide unprecedented choice and variety to American consumers,” said NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser.
“With more than 5,000 brewers in operation across the United States today, America’s beer distributors are fortunate to work with many different brewers who make great beer, provide valuable sales and marketing assistance; and work arm and arm with their distributor partners to get beer to market,” Purser added.
Distributors are partnering with more brewers than ever before. According to the most recent NBWA Distributor Productivity Report, the average distributor is carrying more than 1,025 unique beer SKUs from more than 35 different breweries.
“We are excited to recognize the innovative brewers who do the best job working with their distributor partners to build brands and engage consumers,” Purser said.
Bell’s Brewery was named 2017 Brewer Partner of the Year. Here why in this short video.
Additional information about the 2017 award recipients is available here: