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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...
Press Releases| Apr 2, 2020
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Today, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) released the Beer Purchasers’ Index (BPI) for March 2020. The index surveys beer distributors’ purchases across different segments and compares them to previous years. A reading greater than 50 indicates the segment is expanding, while a reading below 50 indicates the segment is contracting. Data for the March 2020 Beer Purchasers Index was collected from March 9 — 20, coinciding with the period of temporary on-premise closures and simultaneous increased off-premise volumes due to pantry stocking. After two months of...
Blog| Mar 25, 2020
Danielle Baerwald, the owner of Erv's Mug in Oak Creek, admits she cried a little when Beer Capitol, a distributor she works with, offered to buy back the unused cases and untapped kegs that she had in the bar, about $1,300 worth. The timing was spectacular: She had just closed down. On St. Patrick's Day she offered carryout only, expecting up to 50 orders of corned beef and cabbage as in years past. She sold 20 orders. "The logistics didn't work," Baerwald said, and she had to let many of her 37 employees go. Dan Graziano, vice president of sales and marketing at Beer Capitol, said the...
Blog| Mar 13, 2020
Coronavirus Impact on Beer Industry: Taproom Closures, Event Cancellations By: Jessica Infante and Justin Kendall As the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19 spreads across the U.S., beer companies are adjusting their businesses for a reality in which being social is discouraged. Many companies are bracing for a downturn in on-premise business, including brewery taprooms, which have become an effective business model for small beer companies in recent years. Last year, an estimated 3.5 million barrels of beer were sold directly to consumers at brewery taprooms, Brewers Association chief...
Press Releases| Mar 11, 2020
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – National Beer Wholesalers Association President & CEO Craig Purser issued the following statement today regarding the cancellation of the Legislative Conference: “NBWA has been closely monitoring the situation around COVID-19 as it relates to the NBWA Legislative Conference with the health, safety and well-being of our members top of mind. Developments over the past several days have made hosting this year’s conference a significant challenge. These include exposure and self-quarantine of members of Congress, meeting cancellations, travel restrictions, flight reductions...
Press Releases| Mar 8, 2020
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Today, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) released the Beer Purchasers’ Index (BPI) for February 2020. The index surveys beer distributors’ purchases across different segments and compares them to previous years. A reading greater than 50 indicates the segment is expanding, while a reading below 50 indicates the segment is contracting. The total beer index for February 2020 rose to 64 from 61 in February 2019. Repeating January’s performance, this month is also the highest February reading ever posted during the six years of the survey. In addition, the “at-...
Press Releases| Mar 5, 2020
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – National Beer Wholesalers Association President & CEO Craig Purser issued the following statement after yesterday’s hearing, “Buyer Beware: Fake and Unsafe Products on Online Marketplaces,” held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce: “Americans deserve to have confidence in the authenticity of their purchases. Yet, the rapid expansion of e-commerce has increased the risk of counterfeit goods entering the marketplace. “We appreciate House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. and Subcommittee on Consumer...
Press Releases| Feb 26, 2020
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – National Beer Wholesalers Association President & CEO Craig Purser issued the following statement after news of today’s shooting at the Molson Coors facility in Milwaukee: “The beer business is a family, and our hearts are heavy as we mourn the tragic loss endured today by our partners Molson Coors. Words cannot sufficiently express the sadness and sorrow we feel for the victims and their families and all of our friends at Molson Coors. Please join America’s beer distributors in keeping the Molson Coors family, the Milwaukee community and all who lost a mother, father,...

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