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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Joe Paterno Beer Selling Quickly as Brewer Tries 'To Keep Up With Demand'

Sales of beer with Joe Paterno's name on it are so brisk that the company that makes it, Duquesne Brewing, is gearing up for a second run after just a week on the shelves. "We've sold close to a million cans," said Mark Dudash, owner of Duquesne out of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. "We're just trying to keep up with demand." The beer is currently only being distributed throughout Pennsylvania and in parts of New Jersey.

Gas Prices Plummet in Many States, Down 30¢ in One Week

When oil prices drop, so does the cost of filling up at the gas station. That’s how things work normally. But the exact opposite took place in much of the country in August, as gas prices soared in the Midwest—rising 40¢ overnight in some locations—despite oil prices dipping to six-year lows. The blame for the odd, frustrating situation was cast on problems at the Midwest’s most important refinery, located in Indiana and run by British Petroleum. Now that the industry has had time to cope with the outage, prices are retreating—in some cases, almost as quickly as they shot up.

What One Beer Distributor Learned From Moving Its Email Servers to the Cloud

For more than 50 years, Coastal Beverage, a beer distributorship based in Wilmington, North Carolina, has grown and thrived because of its willingness to adapt and embrace innovative ways of doing business. That adaptability extends to Coastal Beverage’s IT operations.

Millennials Drive Demand for Craft Beer, Wine and Spirits

Descriptions including “craft,” “small batch,” “custom,” “limited edition” and “artisan/artisanal” are more likely to influence the purchasing decisions of millennials than they are to sway older consumers, according to a recent Harris Poll. Millennials are driving much of the growth, as they seek out local, authentic and artisan beer, as well as wine and spirits.

CA: Rep. Aguilar Tours San Bernardino Beer Distributor

U.S. Representative Pete Aguilar visited Gate City Beverage Distributors in San Bernardino, California, to continue his tour of Inland Empire businesses. Rep. Aguilar toured the facility and spoke with executives and staff members about ways to help local businesses grow. “I enjoyed walking around Gate City and meeting many of their dedicated employees. This is a great example of a locally owned business that values its workers and continues to look for ways to expand,” said Rep. Aguilar.

America’s Beer Distribution Industry Recognizes Economic Impact of Its Workforce This Labor Day

As Americans prepare to celebrate Labor Day, NBWA is recognizing the men and women of the beer distribution industry whose work positively impacts the nation’s economy. NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser said, “From truck drivers to fork lift operators and from sales representative to graphic artists, America’s beer distribution employees work day in and day out to make this the best beer market in the world for everyone.”

CA: AleSmith Expands Distribution to Chicago

San Diego's AleSmith Brewing has expanded distribution into the Chicago-area. The brewery has partnered with Wirtz Beverage for distribution. “We look forward to working closely with Wirtz Beverage in growing distribution and volume in the Chicago area,” said AleSmith Sales Director James Valles. “Adding Wirtz Beverage to our distributor network completes the buildout of our footprint within the state of Illinois.”

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Press Releases| Sep. 1, 2015

U.S. Beer Distributors Generate 131,000 Direct Jobs, $54 Billion in Economic Benefits

ALEXANDRIA, VA – As Americans prepare to celebrate Labor Day, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is recognizing the men and women of the beer distribution industry whose work positively impacts the nation’s economy.

NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser said, “From truck drivers to fork lift operators and from sales representative to graphic artists, America’s beer distribution employees work day in and day out to make this the best beer market in the world for everyone.”

“With more than 3,700 breweries in operation across the United States today, independent distributors are delivering more beer varieties and brands to the marketplace than ever before,” Purser added. “Because of distribution employees who drive the beer trucks in local communities, fill the beer coolers at corner stores and deliver new tap handles to neighborhood pubs, consumers can choose from an unparalleled variety of beer – from familiar domestic brands to intriguing imports and exciting new products from local and small craft brewers. That’s something we can all celebrate!” 

The Beer Serves America economic impact study released this summer shows that independent beer distributors alone generate more than 131,000 local jobs across the United States – accounting for more than $8.5 billion in wages and benefits and $19 billion in economic output.

Jointly commissioned by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Beer Institute, the study shows that the beer industry as a whole – made up of brewers, beer importers, beer distributors and beer retailers – supports 1.75 million jobs, generates nearly $253 billion in economic activity and produces $48.5 billion in tax revenue.

Purser added, “Independent beer distributors provide significant economic benefits in their communities through local business-to-business commerce; investments in local infrastructure; and capital assets and tax revenue. Beer distributors provide services that help brewers of all sizes grow; improve efficiency for trading partners, especially small brewers and retailers; and ensure consumers have a broad selection of products to enjoy.”

The Beer Serves America study was compiled by an independent economics firm, John Dunham & Associates. It is the most comprehensive analysis of the industry available, using data collected directly from private companies, Dun & Bradstreet, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

To view the full report and state and congressional district data, please visit


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Can the Global Gloom Sink the U.S. Economy?

Last week, the Dow fell 1,000 points shortly after it opened Monday as global markets nosedived and fears about the scale of China's economic slowdown rippled across the world. The Dow also had its best 2-day rally in its history on Thursday, after finding out that the U.S. economy is doing pretty well. The solid and steady U.S. economy still stands out against all the global turmoil. And this Friday's crucial jobs report will provide an important check-up on America that could confirm the strength of the economy.