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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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.

MO: Perennial Artisan Ales Expands Distribution to Minnesota

St. Louis-based Perennial Artisan Ales has partnered with Clear River Beverage Company to distribute its brews in Minnesota. “We’re very excited that Clear River will be bringing our beers to the Twin Cities,” said Co-Founder and Brewmaster Phil Wymore. Clear River Beverage says there are few breweries that consistently create great beer, and Perennial falls into that select group.

IL: Two Brothers Brewing Company Expands Capacity, Distribution to Connecticut

Warrenville, Illinois-based Two Brothers Brewing Company is expanding both in production and distribution in 2016. As a result of growing demand and sales, Two Brothers will add three new 200-barrel fermenters to its brewery increasing the brewing capacity to 88,000 barrels. Two Brothers also is expanding distribution in Connecticut by partnering with Sarene Craft Beer Distributors. Connecticut joins 11 other states where Two Brothers beers are distributed.

MI: Saugatuck Brewing Enters Select Markets in Pennsylvania, Missouri

Saugatuck Brewing Co., located in Fennville, Michigan, has announced partnerships with Stockertown Beverage of Stockertown, Pennsylvania, and Artisans Cellar of St. Peters, Missouri, to bring their brews to the greater Philadelphia and St. Louis markets. This expansion, along with recent entries into Kentucky and Southern Indiana, extends Saugatuck’s distribution footprint to nine states plus several foreign markets.

Anheuser-Busch InBev Offers to Sell More SABMiller Assets in Europe

Anheuser-Busch InBev said that it had offered to sell the Central and Eastern European operations of SABMiller in order to win approval from European regulators for their more than $100 billion merger. The combination of SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch would create a beer industry giant that would account for about 30 percent of global beer sales. Anheuser-Busch has entered into a number of agreements to sell a variety of assets from the combined company as it seeks to ease regulatory concerns about the deal.

Media Contact: Kathleen Joyce; (800) 300-6417

Press Releases| Apr. 29, 2016

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

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Throughout May, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) 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 to contribute to local economies; support hundreds of thousands of jobs; invest in local communities; and deliver an unparalleled selection of beer to millions of customers every day.

By warehousing, marketing and delivering a record number of brands, beer distributors work with taverns to better understand markets and tailor beer choices for consumers. Distributors’ sales expertise helps taverns create point-of-sale materials including banners, table tents and beer menus to help drive traffic and create excitement in accounts across the country.

Distributors work closely with bar and tavern owners and their employees to provide responsible service as part of an effective system of state-based alcohol regulation. Bar and tavern owners make significant investments in the license that affords them the privilege to sell alcohol. Distributors work with retailers to protect these investments by supporting training programs and ID checks and ensuring responsible business practices. Employees of local beer distribution companies and local taverns live in the communities where they work, and they are invested in keeping those communities safe.

“With more beer choices than ever before, bars and taverns are where consumer tastes are developed, and new styles and brands are discovered,” said John Bodnovich, executive director of American Beverage Licensees. “Local beer distributors deliver the beers – and product knowledge – to bars and taverns so they can meet the needs of their customers.”

“It’s a great American tradition to gather with family, friends or colleagues to enjoy a cold beer in their local bar or tavern,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser. “America’s beer distributors are proud to partner with bar and tavern owners as part of  an open and independent system that helps new brands get to market and offers consumers their choice of the largest international brands and the smallest local brews all on the same menu and bar tap.”

“So when you head out to your local watering hole this May, be sure to raise a glass and offer a toast to a system that works so well for brewers, distributors, retailers – and most importantly – the consumer,” Purser added.


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

IL: Maplewood Brewery Expands Distribution in Chicago Area

Chicago's Maplewood Brewery & Distillery has partnered with Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. for distribution throughout the Chicago area. To celebrate the new distributor relationship between Maplewood and Glunz, the brewery crafted 10 barrels of a special release beer called Juice Pants, a New England-style IPA. A launch party is planned to celebrate the partnership and special brew.