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 kbeaulieu@nbwa.org

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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OR: Cascade Brewing Expands Distribution Across the U.S.

Portland's Cascade Brewing, which has been rapidly expanding into markets across the nation, has announced distribution partnerships in more than a dozen new markets. The brewery has begun shipping its brews to Alabama (Pinnacle Distributing); Connecticut (Sarene Craft Beer Distributors); Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C.

Consumer Sentiment in U.S. Declined to Seven-Month Low in April

Consumer confidence fell to a seven-month low in April as Americans’ expectations about economic growth dropped to the lowest point since September 2014. The University of Michigan final index of sentiment declined to 89 from 91 in March. Worker pay that’s advanced slowly during the expansion and the ongoing negativity in the presidential election campaign have left Americans guarded. While households viewed their finances as currently favorable, they’re saving more in the event that employment softens along with wage growth.

Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute Honors NBWA's Linda Auglis

NBWA Senior Director, Political Affairs Linda Auglis was honored recently by the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute. The organization recognized Auglis as an extraordinary member of the group's corporate advisory council and a longtime supporter of CHLI. The group will sponsor a Latino cadet for this year’s Junior ROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge Summer Camp in Auglis' name.

America’s Independent, Licensed Beer Distributors Celebrate Independent, Licensed Taverns

Throughout May, the National Beer Wholesalers Association will recognize the 63rd Annual Tavern Month, a celebration of the many licensed bars and taverns that help fuel excitement in the beer industry and enrich America’s social culture. Bar and tavern owners have heavily invested in securing and maintaining valuable licenses for the privilege to serve consumers beer at retail. As fellow Main Street businesses, bar and tavern owners partner with America’s more than 3,000 independent, licensed beer distributors in communities across the country.

Cinco de Mayo 2016: 15 Mexican Beers

Cinco de Mayo returns May 5. Though celebrated like the Fourth of July of Mexico, Cinco de Mayo actually doesn’t mark Mexico’s independence. Instead, the holiday celebrates a symbolic Mexican victory over the French in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. If you plan on celebrating Cinco de Mayo in 2016, check out this list of the best beers to drink during the holiday.

Media Contact: Kathleen Joyce

kjoyce@nbwa.org; (800) 300-6417

Blog| May. 2, 2016

By: Rebecca Spicer, NBWA Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs

Beer distributors take pride in building solid relationships with industry partners, including brewers and retailers. Beer distributors also establish meaningful relationships with elected leaders, including members of Congress. After all, that’s why hundreds of distributors travel to the nation’s capital every spring. And now, beer distributors are developing relationships with members of the media as well.

The good news is that reporters love beer! They love to taste new brands, and they love learning about how new labels get to their favorite store shelf or bar tap. And we are happy to explain how independent beer distributors make it all possible!

On the eve of the New Hampshire primary, NBWA teamed up with CNN to co-host a “News and Brews” reception in Manchester, New Hampshire.

A couple hundred journalists and political operatives – as well as several New Hampshire brewers and beer distributors – attended the event, which highlighted the wide variety of brands and styles that beer distributors deliver to retailers and consumers. CNN also aired Erin Burnett's Out Front and CNN Tonight with Don Lemon live just steps away from the reception.

Ahead of Mardi Gras, NBWA hosted a beer pairing dinner for a mix of local and national reporters to showcase the vast selection of beers available to consumers and how those labels can be part of a gourmet dinner.

The dinner was hosted in Washington, D.C., at a restaurant that serves Louisiana-style fare, and each course was paired with different beer from breweries across the country. Food Network Star finalist Jay Ducote emceed the event, which garnered coverage by Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper.
 

In March, NBWA helped the National Press Club welcome Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian home after spending 545 days isolated in an Iranian prison. NBWA sponsored the beer for the gathering, which showed support for Rezaian and also called attention to the challenges faced by jailed journalists across the world.

Journalists including CNN’s Jim Sciutto and Wolf Blitzer and the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward were part of the program honoring Rezaian. 

In early May, NBWA also partnered with CNN to sponsor beer for a brunch the day after the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of guests, including members of the media and political insiders, could choose from a special selection of spring beers, along with domestic and imported beers.

If you'd like assistance planning a beer event with media, please contact NBWA's communication and public affairs team. We're happy to help!

Firm Joins With Oskar Blues to Become a Big Player in Craft Beer Business

Private equity firm Fireman Capital Partners is scouring the country to invest in craft brewers. Managing partner Dan Fireman has amassed several already under a holding company named after Oskar Blues, the irreverent Colorado brewer in which Fireman Capital now controls a majority stake. Fireman’s investment marks one of the most prominent moves in an industry that experienced an unprecedented volume of deal-making within the past year.

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