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Press Releases| Jan 22, 2019
Alexandria, Va. – Following the announcement that Brewers Association Founder and Past President Charlie Papazian will retire on January 23, 2019, National Beer Wholesalers Association President & CEO Craig Purser issued the following statement: “On behalf of the National Beer Wholesalers Association, I congratulate Charlie on his many years of service and dedication to the beer industry. For more than 40 years, Charlie has been a steadfast advocate for craft and home-brewers alike, helping to guide and grow the Brewers Association. Charlie has been a great ambassador for beer and his...
Press Releases| Jan 16, 2019
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the alcohol-related case, Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Blair. Notably, on this same day 100 years ago Congress and the states ratified the 18th Amendment prohibiting the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcohol. This one-size- fit s-all policy experiment turned out to be a failure, and thirteen years later the 21 st Amendment repealed Prohibition and gave birth to state regulation of alcohol reflective of the attitudes of local communities . NBWA President and CEO...
Blog| Dec 12, 2018
Last week, NBWA celebrated the 85 th anniversary of the 21 st Amendment with a koozie giveaway on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Thanks to the collaboration of D.C.-area members Capital Eagle and Premium Distributors, we even had a beer truck on hand to highlight the importance of the three-tier system and the critical role independent beer distributors play in America’s beer industry. NBWA staff handed out nearly 1,000 koozies, and several members of Congress stopped by to grab a koozie and snap a photo in front of the beer truck. Each koozie contained an educational tip card about beer...
Press Releases| Dec 10, 2018
Alexandria, Va. – Today, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) released the Beer Purchasers’ Index (BPI) for November 2018. 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 November 2018 Beer Purchasers' Index at 48.2 for total beer reports trends is steady and in line with the November 2017 index at 47.7. The November index reading also closely matches the October 2018 reading last month at 48...
Press Releases| Dec 7, 2018
Independent Beer Distributors Relief Fund (IBDRF) pledges $25,000 toward relief efforts Alexandria, Va. – Today, the Independent Beer Distributors Relief Fund (IBDRF) announced it is joining California wildfire relief efforts with a $25,000 donation to the Sierra Nevada Brewery Relief Fund for Camp Fire. The donation supports the effort begun by Sierra Nevada, a California brewer, and amplified by the beer industry around the country. The contribution is made in honor of Markstein Distributing and DBI Beverage as both companies had employees affected by the Camp Fire. “The beer family is...
Press Releases| Dec 5, 2018
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – On this day eighty-five years ago, lawmakers ratified the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment, ending the 13-year ban on alcohol in the United States known as Prohibition and empowering states to regulate alcohol. In celebration of this historic milestone, National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) President and CEO Craig Purser issued the following statement: “Today, we raise a toast in celebration of the 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition and gave rise to the modern alcohol distribution system. “With its passage, the 21st Amendment...
Blog| Dec 5, 2018
Today, beer lovers across the country are celebrating the 85th anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment, which made alcohol legal again. It’s a historic day for our state and nation, marking the end of the 13-year alcohol drought known as Prohibition. Now, that’s something to toast. It’s tough to imagine Alabama without our thriving beer scene. No matter the occasion, consumers here can find a variety of adult beverage brands, flavors, and profiles at the tip of their fingers. But we rarely take the time to reflect on the rich history of beer and how our nation came to enjoy a...
Blog| Dec 5, 2018
Today marks a monumental day in our nation’s history – a day when Americans became a little less thirsty. Eighty-five years ago, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. This amendment repealed the 18thAmendment which had banned alcohol in the United States for 13 long, dry years. It also gave rise to one of our country’s most successful policies – state regulation of alcohol and the birth of the three-tier system of alcohol distribution. President Franklin D. Roosevelt even reportedly celebrated with a famous toast, “What America needs now is a drink.” However, he also...
Press Releases| Nov 21, 2018
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Tuesday, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case, Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Byrd. With the brief, NBWA joined a diverse group of stakeholders in support of the 21st Amendment which empowers states to establish a regulatory framework for alcohol. NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser released the following statement: “This week, a cross-section of America took action to support the 21st Amendment and the important role it plays in protecting public safety, advancing consumer choice and...
Press Releases| Oct 24, 2018
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – As the fall beer season continues, America’s more than 3,000 independent beer distributors are busy delivering a wide variety of exciting beer choices to store shelves and local restaurants, bars and taverns across the country in preparation for Halloween weekend. The offerings this time of year showcase hundreds of beer varieties from long-time favorites and new craft brewers, including pumpkin spice ales, harvest beers and robust ciders. While All Hallows’ Eve is often associated with ghosts, goblins and witches, it is also time of festivities and celebration for legal...

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