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.

Tools for Beer Distribution Employees

“Six-Pack” of Warehouse Visit Tips

• Instructional Video - Warehouse Tours: Showing the Value of Beer Distributors 


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

Videos| Apr 28, 2017

Watch as brewers from across the country describe how independent beer distributors are helping to build their brands.

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Press Releases| Apr 28, 2017

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

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Throughout May, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) will recognize the 64th 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.

As fellow Main Street businesses, independent 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 independent 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. Independent 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.

“The important role played by bars and taverns in the history of this nation should not be overlooked,” noted American Beverage Licensees Executive Director John Bodnovich. “Whether it’s serving as a location for like-minded individuals to meet and discuss the pressing issues of the day, the sponsoring of local youth athletics programs, or working with local civic organizations to promote and support community initiatives, on-premise beverage retailers are there – and often times, they are leading the way.”

“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 independent 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 3,300 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, follow @NBWABeer on Twitter, like NBWA on Facebook, follow NBWA on Instagram and subscribe to NBWA’s YouTube channel.




U.S. Economy Grew 0.7% in First Quarter, Slowest in Three Years

The U.S. economy expanded at the slowest pace in three years as weak auto sales and lower home-heating bills dragged down consumer spending, offsetting a pickup in investment led by housing and oil drilling. Gross domestic product, the value of all goods and services produced, rose at a 0.7 percent annualized rate after advancing 2.1 percent in the prior quarter, Commerce Department data showed. The median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 1 percent gain. Consumer spending, the biggest part of the economy, rose 0.3 percent, the worst performance since 2009.

CO: Stem Ciders Expands Distribution to Missouri

Stem Ciders, a Denver-based craft cidery, is expanding its distribution footprint to Kansas City by partnering with North Kansas City Beverage Company. “We’re confident we’ve found both an attractive and flourishing market and distributor in Kansas City and North Kansas City Beverage Company,” said Matt Hoskins, director of sales at Stem Ciders. “The growth of craft cider here is exciting to see, and we look forward to adding to it in partnership with the North Kansas City Beverage team.” Distribution throughout the greater Kansas City, Missouri, area will begin in May.

CO: Epic Brewing Company Expands Distribution to Kansas

Denver's Epic Brewing Company is expanding distribution to Kansas by partnering with Standard Beverage Corporation. "We are beyond proud and excited to announce yet another highly acclaimed brewer to our portfolio,” said Bob Sullivan, senior vice president of Standard Beverage's premium beer division.

Heineken Takes on Politics in Ad, Encourages Dialogue Over a Beer

Instead of shying away from hot-button political issues, Heineken is taking them head-on in a new ad. In a four-minute ad posted on Heineken’s YouTube page, the beer-maker asks the question: Can two strangers with opposing views prove that there’s more that unites than divides us?

Dogfish Head's Romantic Chemistry IPA and Festina Peche Return for Summer

Delaware's Dogfish Head Brewery is releasing two of their fruit-forward beers in time for summer. The brewery has released Romantic Chemistry IPA, made from all-natural citrus fruits and spices, and Festina Peche, a neo-Berliner Weisse. Romantic Chemistry is available now, and Festina Peche will be available beginning May 7.

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Videos| Apr 27, 2017

Some of the 135,000 men and women who make up the beer distribution industry – from truck drivers, inventory specialists and graphic artists to sales representatives, warehouse workers and administrative personnel – explain why they love working in the industry.