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Blog| Aug 5, 2016
By: Craig Purser, National Beer Wholesalers Association President and CEO In the beer industry, there’s great excitement about the rampant growth in the number of breweries across the country. More than 4,000 are now in operation. Nearly two more are opening every day. This growth is providing consumers with unprecedented choice and countless brands to sample. And that’s fueling more competition than the industry has ever seen. With a steady stream of new breweries popping up, every brand is trying to develop its own niche and create its own loyal consumer base. And many brewers will tell you...
Press Releases| Aug 2, 2016
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) will offer 18 education seminars at its 79th Annual Convention September 25 – 28, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. “In addition to an outstanding lineup of general session speakers and 150 exhibitors participating in this year’s expanded, two-day Product Demonstration Showcase, NBWA is excited to offer a diverse selection of education seminars taught by leading experts in their industries,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser. “From warehousing and operations to management trends, sales coaching...
Press Releases| Jul 26, 2016
Craft Beer Mid-Year Data Show 8 Percent Increase in Production Volume ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) – which represents the interests of America’s more than 3,000 licensed, independent beer distributors – applauds America’s craft brewers for their continued growth and entrepreneurial spirit, which adds energy and excitement to the American beer industry. The Brewers Association (BA) released data today showing that production volume by American craft brewers, as defined by BA, increased 8 percent during the first half of the year. As of June 30, a record...
Press Releases| Jul 25, 2016
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The National Beer Wholesalers Association ’s (NBWA) 79 th Annual Convention will take place September 25 – 28, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Political pundits Tucker Carlson and Bill Press will provide in-depth analysis of this election season during the general session on Tuesday, September 27, the morning after the first scheduled presidential debate. The pair of pundits were co-hosts of CNN debate show The Spin Room , with Carlson on the political right and Press on the political left. Today, they are both regular contributors on cable news...
Press Releases| Jul 20, 2016
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Department of Justice announced that it has agreed to a settlement with Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) that will permit ABI to proceed with its acquisition of SABMiller. National Beer Wholesalers Association President and CEO Craig Purser issued the following statement in response: “The Department of Justice has imposed conditions to this merger – one of the largest deals in history and the largest ever in the beer industry – with the goal of maintaining competition in the beer industry and ensuring the continuation of the robust and competitive independent distribution...
Blog| Jul 11, 2016
Beer bloggers, journalists and beer industry writers gathered at the 2016 Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference July 8-10 in Tampa Bay, Florida, to meet, learn, taste and share. The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) served as a sponsor of the seventh annual conference, with NBWA staff on hand to interact with nearly 150 beer writers and communicate the role of independent distributors in delivering their favorite beers to store shelves and bar taps across the country. Beer Economics With NBWA’s Lester Jones NBWA Chief Economist Lester Jones set the stage for industry discussions the...
Blog| Jul 5, 2016
With nominations open for the Second Annual NBWA Brewer Partner of the Year Award , the National Beer Wholesalers Association recently checked in with Straub Brewery of St. Marys, Pennsylvania, the recipient of the inaugural Brewer Partner Sales Execution Award . The NBWA Brewer Partner of the Year Award recognizes the brewer who does the best job producing great beer; building strong partnerships; providing valuable education; and offering support to their distributor customers in order to grow their brands and get their beers to market. NBWA talked to Straub Brewery President/CEO William...
Press Releases| May 26, 2016
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – As Memorial Day weekend approaches, America’s more than 3,000 independent beer distributors are helping retailers stock up for the start of the summer beer selling season by delivering an unprecedented variety of beer brands. “Over the course of the year, beer distributors across the United States deliver nearly 3 billion cases of beer to more than 600,000 retail establishments – including restaurants, pubs, convenience stores, bottle shops, grocery stores, ballparks and concert venues,” said National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) Chief Economist Lester Jones. “And, on...
Press Releases| May 16, 2016
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – America’s more than 3,000 licensed, independent beer distributors are celebrating the excitement that new, entrepreneurial brewers bring to the beer industry and consumers across the country during American Craft Beer Week , May 16-22, 2016. During the week, the culture and contributions of local breweries across the United States will be highlighted. According to data released this March by the Brewers Association (BA), craft brewers – as defined by BA – enjoyed continued growth during 2015 as American craft beer production volume increased 13 percent. The data indicated...
Blog| May 13, 2016
With nominations open for the Second Annual NBWA Brewer Partner of the Year Award , the National Beer Wholesalers Association recently checked in with No-Li Brewhouse , the recipient of the inaugural NBWA Brewer Partner of the Year Award . The award recognizes the brewer who does the best job producing great beer; building strong partnerships; providing valuable education; and offering support to their distributor customers in order to grow their brands and get their beers to market. No-Li Brewhouse has been in operation since 2012 in Spokane, Washington, with 20-year craft brewery veteran...

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