ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) – which represents the interests of America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributors – is celebrating a new Gallup poll showing that Americans who drink alcohol choose beer over wine and liquor as the type of alcohol they consume most often. The poll found that 41 percent of U.S. drinkers report they typically drink beer; 31 percent name wine and 23 percent name liquor.

“Today’s marketplace offers an unparalleled number of styles, varieties and flavors of beer to consumers from coast to coast,” said NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser. “American consumers continue to demonstrate that they enjoy this vast variety, which is made possible by an independent distribution system that 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.”

“With an 18 percent growth in volume in 2013, craft beer continues to provide a significant contribution to the American beer industry,” Purser added. “Additionally, the explosion of new, innovative products and the rapid growth of imports are giving consumers more choice in the beer category than ever before. NBWA is proud of the role that independent beer distributors play to introduce consumers to new beer.”

The Gallup poll also showed that 64 percent of U.S. adults say they have occasion to consume alcoholic beverages, whereas 36 percent identify as total abstainers.

“This poll is a reminder that today’s effective state-based regulatory system must continue to provide critical balance in serving consumer interests but also the public as a whole, including those Americans who choose not to drink,” said Purser.

Download an infographic of the poll findings here.


Political Pundits James Carville and Mary Matalin to Offer Insights on Midterm Elections, Former Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill to Discuss Operational Leadership

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association’s (NBWA) 77th Annual Convention will take place September 28 – October 1, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. The general session will feature a diverse lineup of speakers, including appearances by one of America’s best-loved political couples, James Carville and Mary Matalin, and former Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill.

James Carville and Mary Matalin will give attendees an enlightening and entertaining look at today’s most important political issues, a behind-the-scenes look at Washington politics and a preview of what to expect from this year’s midterm elections.

James “The Ragin’ Cajun” Carville is America’s best-known political consultant. His long list of electoral successes evidences a knack for steering overlooked campaigns to unexpected landslide victories and for re-making political underdogs into upset winners. But his most prominent victory was in 1992 when he helped William Jefferson Clinton win the presidency. Today Carville is a Fox News contributor and can be seen on other networks worldwide. He is a columnist for The Hill newspaper and serves as a Professor of Practice at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Mary Matalin is one of the most celebrated and popular conservative voices in America. As an author, television and radio host, and widely sought after political contributor, pundit and public speaker, she is noted for her straightforward manner and insightful political repartee. Among her many roles and accomplishments, she has served under President Ronald Reagan, made her mark as George H.W. Bush’s campaign director and most recently as assistant to President George W. Bush, and as assistant and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Known as a Washington power couple, Carville and Matalin now live in New Orleans with their two daughters.

Former Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill is one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time. He was a team leader with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He has deployed more than a dozen times, and he held combat leadership roles in more than 400 combat missions in four different theaters of war. A highly-trained Navy SEAL, he led the military’s most elite and was involved in our nation’s most important campaigns. With most of his career shrouded in a classified cloak, O’Neill was the man on the ground we have never heard of but know exists. He was one of the quiet professionals performing the most difficult tasks in the most difficult circumstances, serving his remarkable career in the shadows and keeping America safe in the process.

In O’Neill’s line of work, instant, critical decision-making is an absolute necessity for success. Having trained more than 800 special operations and tactical operators, O’Neill will share his unique expertise and translate his elite SEAL team training into high-impact, actionable insights on leadership, decision-making, operating in uncertain environments and how to become the “best of the best.”

“NBWA is excited to offer a dynamic convention program with insightful speakers, 20 education seminars taught by the industry’s leading experts and a Product Demonstration Showcase filled with vendors featuring innovative products and services for beer distributors,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser.

With more than 100 exhibitors, this year’s Product Demonstration Showcase offers the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of new services and products. Attendees can discover new resources to help improve business in a relaxed atmosphere, while enjoying a cold beer delivered by America’s beer distributors. Members of every sales and operations team will want to take full advantage of this event.

Registration is available online at www.nbwa.org. Hotel accommodations at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans can be made online, or by calling 1-888-421-1442. Reference the NBWA Annual Convention to obtain the special negotiated room rate ($240 plus taxes per night) when you reserve your room before September 3. Don’t delay. The NBWA guest room block can sell out prior to that date. Once the block is sold, rooms and rates cannot be guaranteed.

For more details, please visit the convention page of NBWA’s website at http://nbwa.org/convention. Follow#NBWANOLA on Twitter for additional updates.

Click here to download a high-resolution photo of James Carville and Mary Matalin. Download a high-resolution photo of Rob O’Neill here.

Press Release: Saranac Releases Newest Small Batch Brew – Clouded Dream

July 11, 2014

Saranac Releases Newest Small Batch Brew for a Limited Time Saranac High Peaks Clouded Dream Now Available UTICA, N.Y. — The F.X. Matt Brewing Co., brewer of Saranac, is introducing a special, limited edition brew, Saranac Clouded Dream-a hybrid IPA/Belgian White Ale.  This “one off” beer was specifically designed as part of the Saranac High […]

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Press Release: July 11 Deadline Approaches for Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award Nominations

July 8, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, VA - The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Brewers Association (BA) are seeking nominations for the Eighth Annual Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, July 11, 2014. The award recognizes an American beer distributor who goes above and beyond in their efforts to actively market, sell and promote craft beer. The award will be presented […]

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Press Release: Brewers Publications Presents: American Sour Beers: Innovative Techniques for Mixed Fermentations

June 24, 2014

Pucker up for American sour beers Boulder, CO • June 24, 2014 – American-brewed sour beers have become one of the most exciting segments of today’s brewing scene, with craft brewers and homebrewers alike adapting traditional European techniques to create some of the world’s most distinctive and experimental styles. Brewers Publications is pleased to announce the release of American Sour […]

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Press Release: DYCKMAN BEER CO. ready to make its mark on the CRAFT BEER Industry in NYC

May 29, 2014

Juan Camilo was born in 1985 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  In 1992 the Camilo family relocated to the United States, first living in New Jersey, then Washington Heights and finally settling in the Bronx. Juan became A Better Chance Scholar and received a full scholarship to the Canterbury School located in New Milford, Connecticut. With […]

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Press Release: Beat the Heat with Craft Beer

May 21, 2014

CraftBeer.com Keeps it Cool with Release of Summer Seasonals Boulder, CO • May 21, 2014—There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a cold craft brewed beer on a hot summer day. Small and independent craft brewers have a selection of refreshing craft beers to help you overcome the sweltering heat. Showcasing the ingenuity of craft brewers, CraftBeer.com—the Brewers Association (BA) website […]

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Press Release: Saranac High Peaks Single Malt Available For A Limited Time

May 20, 2014

Saranac High Peaks Single Malt Now Available UTICA, N.Y. — The F.X. Matt Brewing Co., brewer of Saranac, is introducing a special, limited edition brew, Saranac Single Malt-a strong scotch ale.  This “one off” beer was specifically designed as part of the Saranac High Peaks Series, which is the brewery’s exclusive extension of the Saranac […]

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Press Release: Veteran Beer Industry Economist to Join NBWA

May 19, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, VA – National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) President & CEO Craig Purser is pleased to announce that veteran beer industry economist Lester Jones will join NBWA in the position of Chief Economist. Jones has more than 20 years of experience in research, survey methodology and applied economics. He most recently served as Chief Economist at the Beer […]

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Press Release: Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver Wins The 2014 James Beard Award For “Outstanding Wine, Beer, Or Spirits Professional”

May 12, 2014

The “Oscar of the Culinary World” caps off Garrett Oliver’s 20th Year at the Brooklyn Brewery MAY 5th, 2014, New York, NY – Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery has won the 2014 James Beard Foundation Award for Excellence in the category of “Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional”. Often referred to as “the […]

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