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

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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 high of 4,656 breweries were operating in the U.S, an increase of 917 breweries over the same time period of the previous year. Additionally, there were approximately 2,200 breweries in planning.

Craft beer continues to provide a significant contribution to the American beer industry, and NBWA is proud of the role that independent beer distributors play to help the craft beer industry thrive,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser. 

“The continued growth in craft beer sales underscores the effectiveness of the independent distribution system, which allows access to market for brewers of all sizes, and a state-based regulatory system that works to level the playing field between brewers, distributors and retailers,” Purser continued. “Thanks to a network of independent distributors and retailers, brands that began as experiments in garages or family kitchens 20 years ago are today nationally recognized labels that can be enjoyed in all 50 states.”

“Today’s marketplace offers an unparalleled number of styles, flavors and brands of beer – from domestics to imports,” Purser said. “According to the Nielsen Company, there are more choices of alcohol than any other consumer product in the United States.”

The BA release provides more positive indicators that the U.S beer business is performing well in 2016. According to NBWA Chief Economist Lester Jones, hot and dry weather across the U.S. this summer may not be good for lawns, but it’s good for beer sales. Along with strong craft beer sales, imported beer sales are also tracking volume growth rates around 8 percent in the first five months of 2016. Looking ahead to the remainder of 2016, Jones predicts that the U.S. beer industry will see continued positive growth in volumes as the high-end beer market continues to attract consumers to the category.


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, subscribe to The Daily Brew newsletter, follow @NBWABeer on Twitter, watch NBWA videos on and like the NBWA Facebook page at




Brewers Association Mid-Year Metrics Show Continued Growth for Craft

Craft brewers are still growing, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association. American craft beer production volume increased eight percent during the first half of the year. As of June 30, a record high of 4,656 breweries were operating in the U.S, an increase of 917 breweries over the same time period of the previous year. Additionally, there were approximately 2,200 breweries in planning.

Beer Tap Handles Are Big Business

The number of craft breweries has more than doubled in the last five years, making those branded beer tap handles behind the bar a big business. Breweries are pulling out the stops to attract drinkers, with cone heads, zombies, beards, bananas and even lighted handles. AJS Tap Handles’ business has mirrored the breweries’ growth, so they are expanding their Random Lake, Wisconsin, factory by 16,500 square feet. Their 45 employees make about 500,000 handles a year out of resin, metal and wood.

Molson Coors Announces Leadership Appointments to Take Effect Upon Close of MillerCoors Acquisition

Molson Coors Brewing Company announced that it has made a number of new leadership appointments that will take effect upon the close of the MillerCoors acquisition, which is expected before the end of the year. In addition to the new leadership appointments, the company announced that, effective January 1, 2017, Molson Coors International’s export and license business in Europe will be transferred to Molson Coors Europe and that MillerCoors’ business in Puerto Rico will be transferred to Molson Coors International.

NC: Burial Beer Co. Expands Distribution to Georgia

Burial Beer Co., based in Asheville, North Carolina, is partnering with Liberator Distributing to expand its distribution to neighboring Georgia, which is the first state other than North Carolina to receive Burial's beers. Burial plans to expand their production to Georgia sometime between September and October of this year.

Old Style Oktoberfest is Company's First New Beer in 15 Years

Chicago’s Old Style beer is serving up nostalgia this year. The beer maker, owned by Pabst Brewing Company, is tapping its roots with its first new beer in 15 years, a seasonal take on Old Style, and also reviving fan-favorite packaging from the 1970s. While the new beer, Old Style Oktoberfest, is a tribute to the company’s German roots, the releases also celebrate the long-standing Midwestern heritage of the brand. Oktoberfest will be produced in the original La Crosse, Wisconsin, brewery and only will be available in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota and Ohio.

Buyout Funds Eye Alliances for SABMiller's Pilsner, East Europe Brands

U.S. and European buyout funds are gearing up for SABMiller's sale of its central and eastern European beer brands, with some seeking to join forces to snap up assets worth up to 7 billion euros ($7.7 billion). The brewing businesses, based in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, are for sale as part of Anheuser-Busch InBev's $100 billion-plus takeover of SABMiller, which has come under a shadow of doubt as activist shareholders push for a higher price in light of a weak sterling.

AB InBev Raises Offer for SABMiller

Anheuser-Busch InBev boosted its offer for beer rival SABMiller in an attempt to salvage a global merger threatened by the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union. Belgium-based Budweiser maker AB InBev raised the cash-only component of its offer for British-South African rival SABMiller from 44 pounds per share to 45 pounds per share. SABMiller's board had tentatively agreed to accept the original deal, but its investors have not signed off — and during that period, the pound has declined sharply following the "Brexit" vote.

Putting Down Roots

Trees' influence on beer isn't limited to barrels. Today, brewers go whole log, using needles, sap, leaves and bark to create beers born of their surroundings. DRAFT Magazine explores the influence of trees in beer.