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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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No matter how big a fan of craft beer you may be, the Great American Beer Festival can be an intimidating place. There are so many selections available – and so many styles – that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the over 3,500 beers being poured. To help simplify, Fortune Magazine offers their favorites from the Great American Beer Festival.
Richard L. Brown has a mug in his office for every year he’s been in business. The CEO of Brown Distributing has 46 of them and plans on adding several more to his collection. Although he’ll celebrate his 80th birthday this month, Brown has no plans to slow down.
Brewers Association CEO Bob Pease and Beer Institute President & CEO Jim McGreevy write: "Beer has been a dynamic industry in America for centuries, but an outdated tax code is placing an undue burden on this industry and could become a barrier to growth. The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act gives brewers the needed capital infusion to invest in their companies and boost production in order to meet consumer demand and invest in product innovation giving consumers more choice when ordering their favorite alcohol beverage."
Denver’s Renegade Brewing has announced it will be expanding distribution to the state of Wisconsin. The brewery will be partnering with Johnson Brothers for distribution. Renegade founder Brian O’Connell said the choice to distribute to Wisconsin rested heavily on his trust of Johnson Brothers, the brewery’s distributor in Nebraska, as they also have a presence in Wisconsin.
European grocery chain Aldi is making some changes to the ingredients of its food products just days after Target announced it was banning various chemicals from the products it sells. Aldi announced it has removed certified synthetic colors, partially hydrogenated oils and MSG from all of its exclusive brand food products. The move by Aldi (and Target) comes as traditional and even upscale grocers are struggling to increase sales as shoppers increasingly turn to more discounters.
In April 2015, beer distributors from all 50 states traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in NBWA's Legislative Conference and educate members of Congress about the independent beer distribution system and state-based alcohol regulation.
Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery partnered with Minnesota-based J.J. Taylor Distributing to raise a total of $79,700 for Second Harvest Heartland, a local food bank. Together, J.J. Taylor and Deschutes served 177 kegs to approximately 12,000 people, and the one-day-only event donated 100 percent of proceeds to Second Harvest Heartland.
U.S. employers slammed the brakes on hiring over the last two months and wages fell in September, raising new doubts the economy is strong enough for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates by the end of this year. Payrolls outside of farming rose by 142,000 last month, and August figures were revised sharply lower to show only 136,000 jobs added that month, the Labor Department said. That marked the smallest two-month gain in employment in over a year and could fuel fears that the China-led global economic slowdown is sapping America's strength.