"Beer by the Numbers" columns are authored by National Beer Wholesalers Association Chief Economist Lester Jones and share economic research and data relevant to the beer distribution industry. These columns include analysis of primary industry data – including economic impact, tax impact, sales and volume data – and economic factors that impact policies concerning state-based alcohol regulation, the three-tier system and independent beer distributors. To contact Lester Jones directly, please email ljones@nbwa.org or call 800-300-6417.