From members of Congress to state legislators, attorneys generals, regulators and the media, beer distributors across the country are hosting warehouse visits to showcase their critical role in the independent distribution system.

To schedule a behind-the scenes look at a beer distribution warehouse in your community, please contact NBWA Manager, Grassroots & Political Affairs Kate Beaulieu at

If you are a distributor who has hosted a warehouse visit, please share details of your visit with NBWA by completing the feedback form.

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Press Releases| Dec 7, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Today, the U.S. Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a broad health care bill which dedicates more than $6 billion to implement key priorities for the Administration and Congress and reauthorizes the Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill on November 30 with broad bipartisan support, and President Obama is expected to sign it into law.

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) worked closely with industry and public health partners to gain support for reauthorization of the legislation. In November, NBWA participated in meetings with key House and Senate staff and sent a letter along with industry partners to the House Energy and Commerce Committee to urge a hearing and passage of the STOP Act.

NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser issued the following statement upon the bill’s passage:

“NBWA supports policies that allow states to regulate alcohol, and the STOP Act is a proven piece of legislation that helps combat underage drinking while affirming the value of today’s state-based system of alcohol regulation. America’s beer distributors applaud the leadership of Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA) and Mike Fitzpatrick (PA) on this issue, as well as Sen. Charles Schumer (NY) and the other congressional co-sponsors.

“The STOP Act provides the necessary tools to government at the federal, state and local levels to help prevent alcohol consumption by those who are not of a legal drinking age. This landmark legislation addresses the health and safety issues involved with underage drinking while recognizing that alcohol is different from other consumer products and is best regulated by the states, consistent with the 21st Amendment.”

The STOP Act coordinates and highlights the best practices of states to combat underage drinking in a comprehensive report of state activities.

The STOP Act became law in 2006, when it received bipartisan support in Congress and NBWA, other licensed beverage industry groups, public health organizations and alcohol control groups joined in support of the legislation. The STOP Act highlighted health and safety concerns related to underage drinking and provided funding for state initiatives to address such problems. It also authorized a national media campaign, new grant programs and research to combat underage drinking. Additionally, it established and funded the federal Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking, chaired by SAMHSA, to help coordinate federal agencies involved in alcohol issues.

Although alcohol remains the substance most widely used by teenagers, studies such as Monitoring the Future, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health, show that underage drinking has been declining for several years.


The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents the interests of America’s more than 3,000 licensed, independent beer distributor operations in every state, congressional district and media market across the country. Beer distributors are committed to ensuring alcohol is provided safely and responsibly to consumers of legal drinking age through the three-tier, state-based system of alcohol regulation and distribution. To learn more about America’s beer distributors, visit For additional updates from NBWA, follow @NBWABeer on Twitter, watch NBWA videos on  and visit



Brewers Association Counts More Than 5,000 U.S. Breweries

In its year-in-review, the Brewers Association said more than 5,000 breweries were operating throughout the United States at the end of November. The figure represents an increase of more than 730 since last year and, according to the industry trade organization, 99 percent of those companies are still “small and independent.” Not surprisingly, IPA is still the king of craft beer styles, accounting for about a quarter of the segment’s volume. Sessionable beers — golden ales, pilsners and pale lagers — now account for five percent of the craft beer market, an increase of 33 percent.

Video: Crunching the Numbers With Lester Jones at Brewbound Session

At last week's Brewbound Session in San Diego, NBWA's Chief Economist Lester Jones and the Brewers Association's Bart Watson discussed the latest category trends. They also identified where new growth opportunities will exist as mature markets get more saturated and explained how brewers should consider navigating a rapidly changing landscape.

Study Reveals Cross-Generational Interest in Alcohol

Although drinks of choice differed among generations, consumers from millennials to seniors continue to indulge in beer, wine and spirit products with regular frequency at home and on premise. Between 66% and 76% of consumers reported drinking at home at least once per week, compared with 23% to 26% who reported drinking once per week on premise. Consumers across all generations also value quality and taste more than price. Beer continues to reign at home overall, with 73% of younger consumers preferring it to wine or spirits.

Bain Exits Race for SAB's Pilsner Urquell, Other Brands

The field of bidders for SABMiller's Central and Eastern European beer brands being sold by Anheuser-Busch InBev has narrowed after U.S. buyout fund Bain Capital walked away. Acquisitive Japanese brewer Asahi Group is seen as a front-runner to buy the brands, which include Pilsner Urquell in the Czech Republic and Tyskie and Lech in Poland. The package is expected to fetch around $6.4 billion. The other bidders are a consortium led by Swiss investment firm Jacobs Holding and PPF, the investment firm of Czech business tycoon Petr Kellner.

OH: Sixth City Distribution Begins Craft-Focused Wholesaler Business, Partners With Actual Brewing

Sixth City Distribution, based in Cleveland, Ohio, announced that the wholesaler has begun operations in Ohio by partnering with Columbus-based Actual Brewing in Northeast Ohio. “Because we’ve targeted brands that look quite different from one another, the common thread in our portfolio is quality, which all of our brands are obsessed with,” said Ryan Reed, founder of Sixth City.

Amazon Opening Store That Will Eliminate Checkout and Lines

Amazon unveiled technology that will let shoppers grab groceries without having to scan and pay for them -- in one stroke eliminating the checkout line. The company is testing the new system at what it’s calling an Amazon Go store in Seattle, which will open to the public early next year. Customers will be able to scan their phones at the entrance using a new Amazon Go mobile app. Then the technology will track what items they pick up or even return to the shelves and add them to a virtual shopping cart in real time.