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ALEXANDRIA, VA The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is seeking nominations for the Second Annual Brewer Partner of the Year Award. The award recognizes the brewer who does the best job producing great beer; building strong partnerships; providing valuable education; and offering support to their distributor customers in order to grow their brands and get their beers to market. The award will be presented during NBWA’s 79th Annual Convention, September 25-28, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois.

NBWA distributor members and brewers are invited to nominate any brewer they believe is deserving of the award. Nominations will be accepted until July 15, 2016.

Visit www.nbwa.org/brewer-partner to view award criteria and submit nominations.

“Independent beer distributors across the country take great pride in working with innovative brewers of all sizes to provide unprecedented choice and variety to American consumers,” said NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser.

“With more than 4,000 brewers in operation today, independent distributors are fortunate to work with many different brewers who make great beer, provide valuable sales and marketing assistance and work arm and arm with their distributor partners to bring beer to market,” Purser added. “And distributors are partnering with more brewers than ever before. According to the most recent NBWA Distributor Productivity Report, the average distributor is carrying more than 980 unique beer SKUs from more than 35 different breweries.”

“We are excited to recognize the innovative brewers who do the best job working with their distributor partners to build brands and engage consumers,” Purser said.

In addition to the Brewer Partner of the Year Award, two runner-up awards, the Brewer Partner Sales Execution Award and the Brewer Partner Marketing Innovation Award also will be presented.

To learn more, watch a video highlighting the 2015 Brewer Partner Award recipients.

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Boulder, COMarch 8, 2016 –The Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—has updated its CraftBeer.com Professional Beer & Food Course and is now offering a printed version of the manual in order to make it more accessible to educators and students. Co-authored by Chef Adam Dulye, CraftBeer.com executive chef, and Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com, the curriculum is the definitive course for chefs, culinary institutions, retail establishments, hotels, caterers, beverage students and beer educators.

Content updates have been made to the 70-page manual including enhanced graphics and illustrations, a more robust craft beer and food pairing section including a chef-driven beer and food pairing chart, and the addition of a new instructor guide featuring tips and tricks on how to teach the course.

“A recent Nielsen survey found that 71 percent of craft beer appreciators consider how a beverage will complement their meal when ordering at restaurants and bars,” said Herz. “As we continue to advance our beer culture in the U.S., this coursecontent empowers culinary professionals to lead when it comes to incorporating beer pairings.”

Since the course launched in fall 2014, more than 4,000 digital copies have been downloaded by food-minded and hospitality organizations including Culinary Institute of America, Johnson & Wales, The Art Institute, Stanford, Purdue (School of Hospitality), Kendall College, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Metropolitan State University, San Diego State University,  Colorado State University, Siebel Institute, Rutgers, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Disney World Resort, Buffalo Wild Wings, Whole Foods, United and hundreds of beer and wine professionals.

“Today, restaurants and chefs are creating beer lists equal to their wine, cocktail and food menus. The CraftBeer.com Professional Beer & Food course is designed with guest-focused training in mind and is the most up-to-date resource to set chefs and restaurant and brewery staff up for success,” added Chef Dulye, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.

The digital version of the course remains free to download, and printed copies are now available for purchase at CraftBeer.com/printedcourse. Priced with students and educators in mind, the printed course is available for $6.95. If more than 10 copies are ordered, the price drops to $4.95 each.

CraftBeer.com produces a number of other educational tools for beer lovers and professionals including the free CraftBeer.com Beer Styles Guide, Cooking with Beer Recipe Database, Beer Glossary, Craft Beer Seminars and more. VisitCraftBeer.com/culinary to download the course and its accompanying free resources.       

Press Release: NBWA Website Receives National Award in Association TRENDS All Media Contest

March 4, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) website has received national recognition with a bronze award in the Association TRENDS All Media Contest. NBWA was honored today at the 37th Annual Salute to Association Excellence at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. NBWA, the trade association representing America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributors, […]

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Press Release: Bill Hackett to Speak at NBWA Legislative Conference

February 25, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) 2016 Legislative Conference will take place April 10 – 13, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Bill Hackett, chairman of Constellation Brands Beer Division, will take part in a conversation about the state of the beer industry on Monday, April […]

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Press Release: Angry Orchard Introduces Orchard’s Edge Series with Two New Hard Cider Styles

February 25, 2016

Ciders feature unexpected fruits, spices and aging processes, pushing the boundaries of what American hard cider can be WALDEN, NEW YORK February 25, 2016 – The cider makers at Angry Orchard today announced national availability of their latest project, the Orchard’s Edge series. The first two hard ciders in the series – Knotty Pear and The […]

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Press Release: CraftBeer.com’s Great American Beer Bars

February 23, 2016

- Readers Name Best Beer Bar in Every State –  Boulder, CO • February 23, 2016—With more than 4,100 small and independent craft brewers operating in the country, there are more options than ever to enjoy great beer. To help beer lovers navigate their way to the best places they can take advantage of this […]

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Press Release: Political Reporter Amy Walter to Speak at 2016 NBWA Legislative Conference

February 18, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The 2016 National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) Legislative Conference will take place April 10 – 13, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Top political reporter Amy Walter, the national editor of the Cook Political Report, will speak on Monday, April 11, during the general session. She […]

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Press Release: Awaken Your Palate with Spring Seasonals

February 16, 2016

Spring Seasonal Craft Beer Offerings from CraftBeer.com Boulder, CO • February 16, 2016—Spring is in the air…and should be on your taste buds. To prepare your palate for the bright and invigorating tastes of the season, CraftBeer.com—the Brewers Association (BA) website for beer lovers—has compiled a list of spring seasonal craft beers from small and independent craft […]

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Press Release: Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit Ipa Hits Shelves Nationwide

February 9, 2016

The Newest Member of the Rebel IPA Family Now Available in Bottles, Cans and on Draft BOSTON, February 9, 2016– The brewers at Sam Adams announced today that they’re releasing the newest member of the Rebel family to craft beer lovers across the country with the nationwide launch of Rebel Grapefruit IPA in bottles and […]

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Press Release: America’s Beer Distributors Deliver Unprecedented Variety to Retailers for Super Bowl 50

February 4, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, VA – As Americans prepare to watch this year’s Super Bowl, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is recognizing the men and women of the beer distribution industry who deliver a wide selection of beer to licensed retailers for consumers to enjoy. “From familiar domestic brands to intriguing imports and exciting new products from […]

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