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286 Medals Awarded to 254 Brewers

Boulder, CO • October 8, 2016—In its 30th year, the 2016 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 286 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals to teams of amateur homebrewers paired with professionals. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence.

View the 2016 winners or download a PDF list of the winners.

Overview: Great American Beer Festival Competition

In a ceremony at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to winning breweries in 96 beer categories covering 161 different beer styles (including all subcategories), establishing the best examples of each style in the country. Neither a gold nor a silver medal were awarded in the Pumpkin/Squash Beer category.

Winners were chosen from 7,227 competition entries (nearly 9 percent more than the 6,647 entries in 2015 and surpassing all previous participation records) from 1,752 breweries hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.

The competition also saw its biggest-ever panel of judges, with 264 beer experts from 12 countries, including the U.S., and 170 competition volunteers. The panel also evaluated 88 Pro-Am entries, which were judged in three rounds over four days.

2016 Brewery and Brewer of the Year Awards

Very Small Brewing Company and Very Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year

Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group (BSG)

  • Brown Truck Brewery, High Point, N.C.
  • Team Brown Truck

Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year

Sponsored by O-I

  • Überbrew, Billings, Mont.
  • Über Cru

Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year

Sponsored by MicroStar Logistics

  • Karl Strauss Brewing Co. – San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Team Karl

Large Brewing Company and Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year

Sponsored by Beer Institute

  • Pabst Brewing Co., Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Gregory Deuhs

Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year

Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co.

  • ZwanzigZ Brewing, Columbus, Ind.
  • Mike Rybinski and Trent Fleener

Mid-Size Brewpub of the Year

Sponsored by Brewers Supply Group (BSG)

  • Boxing Bear Brewing Co., Albuquerque, NM
  • Justin Hamilton and Dylan Davis

Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year

Sponsored by Country Malt Group

  • The Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., Austin, Texas
  • Amos Swifty Kim

Overall Competition Highlights

  • Most medals won:
    • Four (4) medals were won by Überbrew, Billings, Mont. (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
    • Three (3) medals were won by each of the following breweries:
    • Karl Strauss Brewing Co. – San Diego, San Diego, Calif. (2 golds, 1 bronze)
    • Brown Truck Brewery, High Point, N.C. (1 gold, 2 silver)
    • Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon, North Olmsted, Ohio (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Top three states by ratio of medals to entries by state:
    • Wyoming (.111) with 45 entries and 5 medals
    • Hawaii (.107) with 28 entries and 3 medals
    • Virginia (.07) with 200 entries and 14 medals
  • First-time GABF competition entrants (self-identified during the registration process) numbered 464. Of those first-time entering breweries, 41 won medals.

2016 Great American Beer Festival Winners

Style Categories

Since 2002, the most-entered category has been American-Style India Pale Ale (IPA), which saw 312 entries in 2016 compared to 336 entries in 2015.The top five entered categories were:

  • American-Style India Pale Ale (312 entries)
  • Imperial India Pale Ale (211 entries)
  • American-Style Strong Pale Ale (169 entries)
  • Coffee Beer (168 entries)
  • Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer (159 entries)

In 2015, the top-five entered style categories included Session India Pale Ale and American-Style Pale Ale, which did not make the top five this year. New in the top five in 2016 compared to last year are American-Style Strong Pale Ale and Coffee Beer.

The average number of competition beers entered in each category was 75—up from 72 in 2015— making the 2016 Great American Beer Festival competition the most competitive ever.

The winners in the most-entered (that is, the most competitive) categories were:

American-Style India Pale Ale (312 entries)

  • Gold: Bodhizafa IPA, Georgetown Brewing Co., Seattle, Wash.
  • Silver:  Super Cali IPA, Riip Beer Co., Huntington Beach, Calif.
  • Bronze:  Breaking Bud, Knee Deep Brewing Co., Auburn, Calif.

Imperial India Pale Ale (211 entries)

  • Gold: Humulus Insani, Überbrew, Billings, Mont.
  • Silver: Nobility, Noble Ale Works, Anaheim, Calif.
  • Bronze: Hop JuJu Imperial IPA, Fat Head’s Brewery, Middleburg Heights, Ohio

American-Style Strong Pale Ale (169 entries)

  • Gold: Good Green, Highland Park Brewery, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Silver: Rippin, Sunriver Brewing, Sunriver, Ore.
  • Bronze: HFS, Alpine Beer Co., San Diego, Calif.

Coffee Beer (168 entries)

  • Gold: Gusto Crema, Georgetown Brewing Co., Seattle Wash.
  • Silver: Dusk ‘til Dawn – SC, Pizza Port San Clemente, San Clemente, Calif.
  • Bronze: Zumbar Chocolate Coffee Imperial Stout, New English Brewing Co., San Diego, Calif.

Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer (159 entries)

  • Gold: Silent Warrior, TAPS Fish House and Brewery – Corona, Corona, Calif.
  • Silver: Mélange À Trois, Nebraska Brewing Co. – Papillion, Papillion, Neb.
  • Bronze: 15th Anniversary Ale, Island Brewing Co., Carpinteria, Calif.

This year’s GABF competition saw seven new style categories:

  • Pumpkin /Squash Beer (category 6)
  • Four new historical beer categories were added: Finnish Sahti, Swedish Gotlandsricke, and Pale and Dark Breslau Schoeps (categories 21e, 21f, 21g, 21h)
  • German Leichtbier (category 36c)
  • Specialty Saison (category 79)

2016 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition

Sponsored by Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., The Country Malt Group, Yakima Chief-Hopunion and White Labs

Gold, silver and bronze medals were also awarded in the GABF Pro-Am competition, which pairs amateur brewers with professional brewers, who scale up the award-winning homebrew recipes. The medal winners, including the winning professional brewers and American Homebrewers Association (AHA) member homebrewers are:

  • Gold: Just Rye’te, Panther Island Brewing Co., Fort Worth, Texas
  • Panther Island Brewing and AHA member Clifton Ellis
  • Silver: Vernal Equinox, Starr Hill Brewery, Crozet, Va.
  • Starr Hill Brewing Team and AHA member Gary Layton
  • Bronze: The Kolsch Experiment, Altitude Chophouse and Brewery, Laramie, Wyo.
  • Jesse Brown and AHA member Shawn Miller

2016 Great American Beer Festival Winners

Summary: 2016 Great American Beer Festival Statistics

  • 35th anniversary of the festival; 30th edition of the GABF competition
  • 780 breweries in the festival hall
  • 3,800+ beers served at the festival
  • 60,000 attendees
  • 3,600 volunteers (festival and competition combined)
  • 1,752 breweries in the competition from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.
  • 254 medal-winning breweries
  • 286 total medals awarded
  • 7,227 beers judged (not including 88 Pro-Am competition entries), a nearly 9 percent increase over 2015
  • 96 style categories judged, plus the Pro-Am competition
  • 264 judges from 12 different countries
  • Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 75 (excludes Pro-Am beers)
  • Category with highest number of entries: American-Style India Pale Ale: 312

2016 Great American Beer Festival Official Sponsors

  • Carhartt
  • DRAFT Magazine
  • MicroStar Logistics
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews
  • CraftBeer.com

Additional GABF sponsors are recognized on the festival website. Photos for media use are available on the GABF website.

 

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Press Release: National Beer Wholesalers Association Announces 2016-2017 Board of Directors Officers http://brewingsomefun.com/2016/09/28/press-release-national-beer-wholesalers-association-announces-2016-2017-board-of-directors-officers/ http://brewingsomefun.com/2016/09/28/press-release-national-beer-wholesalers-association-announces-2016-2017-board-of-directors-officers/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:06:14 +0000 http://brewingsomefun.com/?p=8132

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Mississippi Beer Distributor Paul J. Bertucci to Lead Association’s Efforts on Behalf of America’s More Than 3,000 Licensed, Independent Beer Distributors

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is proud to announce its Board of Directors officers for the 2016-2017 term. Paul J. Bertucci, executive vice president of F.E.B. Distributing Company, Inc. in Gulfport and Capital City Beverages, Inc. in Jackson, Mississippi, takes the helm as chairman of the Board. He assumed the position and its responsibilities during NBWA’s 79th Annual Convention held September 25 – 28 in Chicago, Illinois.

Other officers of NBWA’s Board of Directors include:

  • Vice Chairman Jim Matesich, president and CEO of Matesich Distributing Co. in Newark, Ohio
  • Treasurer Michael Schilleci, executive vice president of Supreme Beverage Company, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Secretary Brian Gelner, president of Premium Beverage Sales in Springfield, Missouri
  • Immediate Past Chairman Travis Markstein, president of Markstein Beverage Co. in San Marcos, California

As chairman, Bertucci will help lead the association as it works to advocate for licensed, independent beer distributors and educate elected officials, regulators, media and the public about the importance of effective state-based alcohol regulation and the regulatory, economic and commercial value of independent beer distributors.

“Paul has devoted years of service to NBWA’s Board of Directors, giving him a full background and working knowledge of the association’s goals and agenda,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser. “In his years of service as a state director for Mississippi and in every elected officer position, Paul has proven to be a dedicated and results-oriented leader.”

“I look forward to working closely with Paul to engage members, invest in the next generation, continue to build meaningful relationships with state associations and industry partners, communicate the value of independent beer distributors and advance the association’s goals in the year ahead,” Purser said.

Bertucci, his brother Frank and his cousin Frank Drennan are the third generation to own and manage the day-to-day operations of the family business that was started in 1934. Today, F.E.B. Distributing and Capital City Beverages service 22 counties along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Central Mississippi, representing more than 100 brands of domestic, imported and craft beer. The companies employ more than 200 people in Mississippi.

NBWA and America’s beer distributors support a robust and competitive system of independent beer distribution, which provides access to market and a level playing field for brewers of all sizes. Beer distributors serve as the critical link in the American beer distribution system, sourcing products from brewers and importers and delivering products to state-licensed retailers. This effective system is driven by consumer choice – enabling American consumers to choose from the widest selection of products in the world – and works to ensure that only safe, fresh beer reaches American consumers of legal drinking age.

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Press Release: Beer Industry Partnerships Highlighted at NBWA’s 79th Annual Convention http://brewingsomefun.com/2016/09/27/press-release-beer-industry-partnerships-highlighted-at-nbwas-79th-annual-convention/ http://brewingsomefun.com/2016/09/27/press-release-beer-industry-partnerships-highlighted-at-nbwas-79th-annual-convention/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:04:57 +0000 http://brewingsomefun.com/?p=8130

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CHICAGO, IL – Today, Paul J. Bertucci, executive vice president of F.E.B. Distributing Company, Inc. in Gulfport and Capital City Beverages, Inc. in Jackson, Mississippi, assumed the position of 2016-2017 chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) at the association’s 79th Annual Convention in Chicago, Illinois. As chairman, Bertucci will help guide the association as it advocates for licensed, independent beer distributors and educates elected officials, regulators, media and the public about the value of America’s open and independent distribution system and state-based alcohol regulation.

Bertucci described how his family’s business began in 1934 with just one brand of beer and one truck, and today it has grown to include two locations with more than 200 employees distributing more than 100 different brands of beer. The companies remain family-run, with the fourth generation now involved in the business.

Emphasizing the importance of industry relationships, Bertucci said, “We value the relationships we have with suppliers like MillerCoors and Heineken. Those partners go back to the 1960s. And we have been partners with craft brewers Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada since the late ’80s. These days we also deliver beer from around the world: Belgium, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Japan, to name a few.”

“We also help craft labels grow: Andygator … Ruby Redbird … Southern HOPSpitality, made by Mississippi’s first craft brewery Lazy Magnolia … and Gotta Get Up to Get Down,” Bertucci continued. “We can help launch and grow new brands because we have worked over the decades to establish solid relationships with our 2,000 local retailers.”

“And while we build relationships with supplier and retail partners, we know that it’s the consumer who really matters,” Bertucci added. “And that’s part of what makes distributors so important to this system. We know our local markets. Because I live and work in the same area, I know firsthand what local tastes run to: Boating. Fishing. And of course, SEC football.”

Bertucci pointed to the “Golden Age of Beer” the U.S. is experiencing thanks to independent distributors and new opportunities to grow brands and serve local consumers. He noted that independent distributors all have great stories to tell – building brands, offering good jobs, adding to local economies – and he encouraged distributors to develop more young leaders in the industry to ensure the next generation is strong.

NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser was joined by Brewers Association President and CEO Bob Pease for a conversation about the meteoric growth of the craft category over the last decade and the future of the segment.

They discussed the U.S. Department of Justice’s review of the Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller merger and the DOJ’s proposed final order that aims to preserve the ability of smaller brewers – including brewers of craft and import beers – to compete by protecting their access to important distribution networks, and to ensure that independent distributors “will have the freedom to sell and promote the variety of beers that many Americans drink.”

Purser noted the need to examine the long-term impact of sales outside the three-tier distribution system through tasting rooms that compete with beer retailers, along with the varying interests of established national craft brewers, brew pubs and traditional brewers expanding their retail privileges.

Purser and Pease also addressed the need to educate all members of the industry on the importance of trade practice compliance.

“Relations between our two organizations have never been stronger,” Pease said, highlighting the opportunity to work together to ensure state regulatory agencies have the resources they need to enforce trade practice regulations and laws that protect competition and foster a level playing field.

Attendees also heard in-depth election analysis from Tucker Carlson, co-host of Fox and Friends Weekend and editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller; and Bill Press, senior political contributor for CNN, syndicated political talk show host, columnist and best-selling author; who each provided their take on the first presidential debate.

The general session concluded with a presentation by NFL great Joe Theismann, who talked about how passion, leadership and teamwork can all combine to create a comprehensive game plan for success.

Following the general session program, day two of the Product Demonstration Showcase featured products and services from more than 160 exhibitors, including 35 breweries highlighting more than 100 labels of beer, as well as non-alcoholic beverages, warehousing technology, financial services software, promotional products and more.

To view NBWA videos, please visit NBWA’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/NBWABeer. Follow the conversation on social media using #NBWAChicago, and download the convention mobile app.

 

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Press Release: NBWA 79th Annual Convention Celebrates “Golden Age of Beer” and Open and Independent Beer Distribution System http://brewingsomefun.com/2016/09/26/press-release-nbwa-79th-annual-convention-celebrates-golden-age-of-beer-and-open-and-independent-beer-distribution-system/ http://brewingsomefun.com/2016/09/26/press-release-nbwa-79th-annual-convention-celebrates-golden-age-of-beer-and-open-and-independent-beer-distribution-system/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:03:37 +0000 http://brewingsomefun.com/?p=8128

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CHICAGO, IL – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) kicked off the first full day of its 79th Annual Convention today at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

NBWA’s outgoing Chairman of the Board Travis Markstein reflected on beer industry developments over the past year and the state of the American beer industry saying, “Our industry, while not without its challenges, is strong. America is still the world’s biggest, most profitable beer market.”

“The American system of independent beer distribution benefits the beer consumer and the beer industry,” Markstein said. “From small brewers to the world’s biggest brewers, the system provides competitive and quality access to the globe’s biggest beer market.”

NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser said, “Disruption continues to transform our world. Our lives. Our industry.” But, in the face of disruption – from global and homeland security to the world economy, politics and new technologies – he encouraged beer distributors to “turn headwinds into tailwinds” and “lean in” to the future.

“Disruption is the new normal for the beer industry as well, but with disruption comes opportunity,” Purser said, highlighting increases in sales volumes, imports seeing positive trends, the continued increase in the number of U.S. brewers and the growth in craft brewery valuations.

Purser also cited three challenges that arise when nominal disruptors become the establishment, saying, “First, so-called disruptors start to behave like marketplace leaders … when it comes to beer, we’ve seen smaller-scale beer brands become dominant in their segment and work to limit competition from still smaller and newer brands.”

“Second, disruptors become acquisition targets of larger, more established players,” Purser continued, citing craft brewer deals that sent valuation shockwaves throughout the industry.

“Finally, establishment players and industry giants begin to disrupt their own markets,” Purser said, noting the purchase of craft brewers by Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) and MillerCoors, along with the global merger of ABI and SABMiller.

Purser described how the ABI/SABMiller merger resulted in an extensive and exhaustive review of the industry by the U.S. Department of Justice, which issued a proposed final order that is a strong endorsement of America’s open and independent system of beer distribution and aims to ensure that independent distributors “will have the freedom to sell and promote the variety of beers that many Americans drink.”

“Thanks to a robust and competitive system of independent distribution, which provides access to market for brewers of all sizes, the U.S. is enjoying a new Golden Age for beer with unprecedented variety offered by more than 4,000 brewers,” Purser said. “The winner in all of this is the consumer, who enjoys an incredibly broad spectrum of innovative beer produced by independent, local brewers; large, global brewers; and brewers from around the world.”

 

Eric Best of Bob Hall LLC moderated a “Three Tiers Supporting the Independent Three-Tier System” panel discussion featuring Larry Bell of Bell’s Brewery Inc.; Pat Brophy of Binny’s Beverage Depot; Rebecca Newman of Summit Brewing Co.; and Michael Schilleci of Supreme Beverage Co., Inc.

The panel of brewery, distributor and retailer voices discussed how the tiers work together to meet consumers’ demands for choice and value. They also highlighted the importance of product quality in today’s hyper-competitive beer industry. Bell noted, “If we want to bring people to craft, we have to make sure the quality is there.”

Bell cited the benefits of the three-tier system in ensuring quality control, unlike other industries where a recalled product cannot be easily traced. He also highlighted the value of the three-tier system from an environmental standpoint, noting its efficiency in delivering products from multiple brewers to retail customers.

MillerCoors CEO Gavin Hattersley joined Purser for a conversation on what’s next for MillerCoors following the global merger of ABI and SABMiller. They discussed the brewery’s plans to grow business in the U.S., its recent craft acquisitions and ongoing commitment to maintaining strong relationships with independent distributor partners to meet the needs of consumers.

“No one knows the local markets better than distributors do,” Hattersley said.

Bud Dunn of Atlas Sales Inc. led a discussion with next generation beer distribution industry leaders Rebecca Maisel of Gulf Distributing Holdings, LLC, AL; Robbie Maletis Jr. of Maletis Beverage; and Victoria Verrastro of L.T. Verrastro Inc.The panel discussed the role that next generation leaders can play as proponents of innovation in the face of disruption, as well as the educational and networking opportunities that NBWA’s Next Generation Group provides.

The general session also featured a presentation of the NBWA Life Service Award to Fred Dettwiller of DET Distributing Company in Tennessee and Don Heimark of Triangle Distributing Company and Heimark Distributing Company in California.

NBWA also announced the recipients of the NBWA Brewer Partner of the Year Award; Brewer Partner Sales Execution Award and Brewer Partner Marketing Innovation Award.

Following the general session program, the Product Demonstration Showcase opened featuring products and services from more than 160 exhibitors, including 35 breweries highlighting more than 100 labels of beer, as well as non-alcoholic beverages, warehousing technology, financial services software, promotional products and more.

NBWA’s 79th Annual Convention continues Tuesday, September 27, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. To view NBWA-TV videos, please visit NBWA’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/NBWABeer. Follow the conversation on social media using #NBWAChicago, and download the convention mobile app.

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Press Release: Allagash Brewing Company Named Brewer Partner of the Year at NBWA Annual Convention http://brewingsomefun.com/2016/09/26/press-release-allagash-brewing-company-named-brewer-partner-of-the-year-at-nbwa-annual-convention/ http://brewingsomefun.com/2016/09/26/press-release-allagash-brewing-company-named-brewer-partner-of-the-year-at-nbwa-annual-convention/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:02:20 +0000 http://brewingsomefun.com/?p=8126

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KettleHouse Brewing Co. and Port City Brewing Company Also Recognized by National Beer Wholesalers Association

CHICAGO, IL – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is pleased to announce that Allagash Brewing Company of Portland, Maine, is the recipient of the second annual NBWA Brewer Partner of the Year Award. The award was presented today during the general session of NBWA’s 79th Annual Convention, taking place September 25 – 28 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

KettleHouse Brewing Co. of Missoula, Montana, was recognized with the Brewer Partner Sales Execution Award, and Port City Brewing Company in Alexandria, Virginia, was presented the Brewer Partner Marketing Innovation Award.

The awards recognize the brewers who do the best job in the marketplace producing great beer; building strong partnerships; providing valuable education; and offering support to their distributor customers in order to bring their beers to market.

“Allagash, KettleHouse and Port City are three of the more than 4,000 breweries that are generating such excitement for beer around this country and providing the American consumer with unprecedented choice and quality,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser. “The U.S. is enjoying a Golden Age for beer thanks to a robust and competitive system of independent distribution, which provides access to market for brewers of all sizes, creates a competitive playing field for brewers of all sizes and generates excitement for consumers.”

“America’s beer distributors look forward to celebrating the success of each of these brands and recognizing many more innovative and collaborative brewers in the future,” Purser added.

Allagash Brewing Company has been brewing Belgian-inspired beers since 1995 and produced 93,000 barrels of beer in 2015. For new and existing products, they provide their distributors with posters, videos, artwork and sales sheets about the brand. Allagash also has created a custom profit calculator app that allows distributors to calculate how much money each product can make at retail compared to competing brands. This information can then be shared with retail buyers.

Allagash partners with their distributors to host “Saison Day” each March where they focus on educating consumers about the Saison style of beer. Allagash also recognizes each distributor partner who sells more than 100,000 case equivalents per year by having management fly in to the market and hand deliver a custom-made sign recognizing the accomplishment.

Joey Waraskevich of Pine State Beverage said, “To many around the country, it is no mystery that Allagash makes great beer and is on the forefront of innovation. What may not be so obvious to some is the support and quality of people they provide to their wholesaler partners.”

“Founder Rob Tod has created a culture of not only hardworking employees but, as important, quality people of great character and flawless follow through,” Waraskevich continued. “If visiting the brewery as a wholesaler, it is common for a brewer or member of the operations team to personally thank you for selling their beer. Furthermore, it will take you five minutes of being in the brewery to discover that everyone is genuinely proud of where they work.”

“The sales team works hand in hand with our team in the marketplace, giving us excellent support at the account level, and every member has integrity and knowledge of the beer industry,” Waraskevich added.

KettleHouse Brewing Co., the recipient of the Brewer Partner Sales Execution Award, was founded in 1995 by Tim O’Leary and Suzy Rizza and produced 15,000 barrels of beer in 2015.

Tim O’Leary has been a pioneer of the Montana craft movement. According to Dave Irvin of Eagle Beverage, “He started small and knows what it takes to make all the parts work in the beer business.”

In recalling a conversation with a prospective distributor, O’Leary explained, “Our job is to make theirs easier because we know how hard the logistics are for getting our product to market. We know that in this point-and-click world we now live in, relationships still sell beer. Our distributors have spent decades building relationships, and we do not want to screw that up.”

Port City Brewing Company, the recipient of the Brewer Partner Marketing Innovation Award, was founded in 2011 by Bill Butcher and produced 15,000 barrels of beer in 2015.

“The Port City team is by far some of the most passionate, enthusiastic supplier partners in the business and then some,” said Ed Cook of Hop and Wine Beverage L.L.C.

“Hop and Wine understands distribution, and Port City understands brewing,” Cook continued. “We value and respect each other’s expertise … Port City and Hop and Wine facilitate sales and execute together as true partners should, understanding our mutual sales forces are an extension of each other.”

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Press Release: America’s Beer Distributors Commemorate Constitution Day, 21st Amendment’s Role in Establishing Today’s System of Alcohol Regulation http://brewingsomefun.com/2016/09/16/press-release-americas-beer-distributors-commemorate-constitution-day-21st-amendments-role-in-establishing-todays-system-of-alcohol-regulation-3/ http://brewingsomefun.com/2016/09/16/press-release-americas-beer-distributors-commemorate-constitution-day-21st-amendments-role-in-establishing-todays-system-of-alcohol-regulation-3/#comments Sat, 17 Sep 2016 01:01:19 +0000 http://brewingsomefun.com/?p=8124

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – On September 17, America’s beer distributors will join citizens throughout the country in commemorating Constitution Day, which celebrates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.

National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) President & CEO Craig Purser issued the following statement:

“NBWA raises a glass in celebration of our nation’s Constitution, including its role in establishing the effective state-based alcohol regulatory system that we have in America today. Alcohol is the only product in commerce with two constitutional amendments of its own. The 18th Amendment, which established National Prohibition, was a failure because it was a one-size-fits-all policy imposed by the federal government on a large and diverse population. The 21stAmendment recognized this failure and not only repealed the 18th Amendment but established today’s successful system of alcohol regulation and distribution, which gives each state primary authority to enact and enforce alcohol laws consistent with the desires and needs of its citizens.  America’s more than 3,000 independent, licensed beer distributors – and the 135,000 men and women in the industry – are proud to be part of this effective system of alcohol controls that works to protect the public and provide consumers with unparalleled choice and variety.”

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Press Release: National Study Highlights Quality Jobs in America’s Beer Distribution Industry This Labor Day http://brewingsomefun.com/2016/09/01/press-release-national-study-highlights-quality-jobs-in-americas-beer-distribution-industry-this-labor-day/ http://brewingsomefun.com/2016/09/01/press-release-national-study-highlights-quality-jobs-in-americas-beer-distribution-industry-this-labor-day/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:59:53 +0000 http://brewingsomefun.com/?p=8121

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – As Americans prepare to celebrate Labor Day, the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is recognizing the men and women of the beer distribution industry whose work positively impacts the nation’s economy.

NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser said, “From truck drivers to fork lift operators, and from graphic artists to sales representatives, America’s beer distribution employees work day in and day out to make this the best beer market in the world for everyone.”

“With more than 4,000 breweries in operation across the United States today, independent distributors are building more brands and delivering more labels to the marketplace than ever before,” Purser added. “Because of distribution employees who drive the beer trucks in local communities, fill the beer coolers at corner stores and deliver new tap handles to neighborhood pubs, consumers can choose from an unparalleled variety of beer – from familiar domestic brands to intriguing imports and exciting new products from local and small craft brewers. That’s something we can all celebrate.”

According to the economic impact report America’s Beer Distributors: Fueling Jobs, Generating Economic Growth & Delivering Value to Local Communities, more than 3,000 independent beer distribution facilities directly employ more than 135,000 hardworking men and women in communities across the country, who collectively earn $11.1 billion per year in pay and benefits.

The report, produced by Dr. Bill Latham and Dr. Ken Lewis of the Center for Applied Business & Economic Research at the University of Delaware, provides a comprehensive look at beer distribution companies’ total impact on national and state economies. In addition to the impact of distributor operations, the report also accounts for the amount of resources contributed by beer distributors in supporting community events and local economic development, contributing to charitable causes and promoting responsible alcohol use.

“The beer distribution sector is a hidden gem that has been tremendously undervalued in previous economic reports,” said Dr. Latham. “Fueling more than 338,000 direct and indirect jobs, beer distributors add $70 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product and offer far reaching benefits to brewers, retailers, consumers and government agencies at all levels.”

Key findings of the economic impact study include:

  • The beer distribution industry directly employs more than 135,000 people in the United States.
  • When the impacts of distributor capital investment and community involvement are considered, the total number of impact jobs exceeds 338,000.
  • Beer distributors add $70 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product.
  • Beer distributor activities contribute nearly $13 billion to the federal, state and local tax bases. This does not include the nearly $11 billion in federal, state and local alcohol excise and consumption taxes.
  • The beer distribution industry contributes more than $23 billion in transportation efficiencies for the beer industry each year.
  • Beer distributor activities result in nearly $178 million in economic impacts to communities through support of charities, local events and economic development.

To view the full report and state by state data, visit www.nbwa.org/resources/economic-impact.

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Press Release: America’s Beer Distributors Applaud Continued Growth for Craft Beer http://brewingsomefun.com/2016/07/26/press-release-americas-beer-distributors-applaud-continued-growth-for-craft-beer/ http://brewingsomefun.com/2016/07/26/press-release-americas-beer-distributors-applaud-continued-growth-for-craft-beer/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:58:01 +0000 http://brewingsomefun.com/?p=8119

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ALEXANDRIA, Va.The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) – which represents the interests of America’s more than 3,000 licensed, independent beer distributors – applauds America’s craft brewers for their continued growth and entrepreneurial spirit, which adds energy and excitement to the American beer industry.

The Brewers Association (BA) released data today showing that production volume by American craft brewers, as defined by BA, increased eight percent during the first half of the year. As of June 30, a record high of 4,656 breweries were operating in the U.S, an increase of 917 breweries over the same time period of the previous year. Additionally, there were approximately 2,200 breweries in planning.

Craft beer continues to provide a significant contribution to the American beer industry, and NBWA is proud of the role that independent beer distributors play to help the craft beer industry thrive,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser. 

“The continued growth in craft beer sales underscores the effectiveness of the independent distribution system, which 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,” Purser continued. “Thanks to a network of independent distributors and retailers, brands that began as experiments in garages or family kitchens 20 years ago are today nationally recognized labels that can be enjoyed in all 50 states.”

“Today’s marketplace offers an unparalleled number of styles, flavors and brands of beer – from domestics to imports,” Purser said. “According to the Nielsen Company, there are more choices of alcohol than any other consumer product in the United States.”

The BA release provides more positive indicators that the U.S beer business is performing well in 2016. According to NBWA Chief Economist Lester Jones, hot and dry weather across the U.S. this summer may not be good for lawns, but it’s good for beer sales. Along with strong craft beer sales, imported beer sales are also tracking volume growth rates around 8 percent in the first five months of 2016. Looking ahead to the remainder of 2016, Jones predicts that the U.S. beer industry will see continued positive growth in volumes as the high-end beer market continues to attract consumers to the category.

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Press Release: America’s Independent Beer Distributors Kick Off Summer Beer Selling Season http://brewingsomefun.com/2016/05/26/press-release-americas-independent-beer-distributors-kick-off-summer-beer-selling-season/ http://brewingsomefun.com/2016/05/26/press-release-americas-independent-beer-distributors-kick-off-summer-beer-selling-season/#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 00:56:53 +0000 http://brewingsomefun.com/?p=8117

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – As Memorial Day weekend approaches, America’s more than 3,000 independent beer distributors are helping retailers stock up for the start of the summer beer selling season by delivering an unprecedented variety of beer brands.

“Over the course of the year, beer distributors across the United States deliver nearly 3 billion cases of beer to more than 600,000 retail establishments – including restaurants, pubs, convenience stores, bottle shops, grocery stores, ballparks and concert venues,” said National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) Chief Economist Lester Jones.

“And, on average, beer sales are 20 percent higher in the summer months compared to the rest of the year,” Jones said.

America’s more than 135,000 beer distribution employees – including truck drivers, warehouse employees, brand managers, sales teams and marketing employees – are working to make sure that consumers are able to grab a cold one for their cookout, trip to the beach or family dinner this weekend.

According to a report by the Center for Applied Business & Economic Research at the University of Delaware, independent beer distributors provide more than $23 billion in transportation efficiencies for the beer industry each year. A well-run beer distribution network saves retailers on average more than $37,000 a year for each retail establishment.

According to an NBWA survey, independent distributors deliver an average of more than 980 unique packages (or SKUS) of beer, including imports, well-known national brands and labels from emerging local brewers.

“Thanks to an open and independent system that helps new brands get to market, beer drinkers today have more choice than ever before with more than 4,000 domestic brewers and hundreds of importers offering thousands of styles and brands that make the beer industry innovative and exciting,” Jones said.

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Press Release: America’s Beer Distributors Celebrate Craft Beer Week http://brewingsomefun.com/2016/05/16/press-release-americas-beer-distributors-celebrate-craft-beer-week-3/ http://brewingsomefun.com/2016/05/16/press-release-americas-beer-distributors-celebrate-craft-beer-week-3/#comments Tue, 17 May 2016 00:55:33 +0000 http://brewingsomefun.com/?p=8115

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – America’s more than 3,000 licensed, independent beer distributors are celebrating the excitement that new, entrepreneurial brewers bring to the beer industry and consumers across the country during American Craft Beer Week, May 16-22, 2016. During the week, the culture and contributions of local breweries across the United States will be highlighted.

According to data released this March by the Brewers Association (BA), craft brewers – as defined by BA – enjoyed continued growth during 2015 as American craft beer production volume increased 13 percent. The data indicated that these brewers now represent 12 percent market share of the overall beer industry.

More than 4,000 breweries were in operation across the United States in 2015 – a 15 percent increase from the previous year and the most at any time in American history. That number includes more than 600 new breweries that opened for business across the country in 2015.

Craft beer continues to provide a significant contribution to the American beer industry,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser. “This success is due in large part to the effectiveness of the open and 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.”

“NBWA is proud of the role that independent beer distributors play to help the craft beer industry thrive,” Purser continued. “The growth in craft beer sales underscores the excitement of independent beer distributors in partnering with America’s craft brewers to help them reach a wide network of retailers and increase their value.”

According to a recent survey of NBWA distributor members:

  • 97% of distributors have added at least one new brewer partner in the past year
  • 94% of distributors carry products from local, in-state craft breweries
  • 94% of distributors carry the brands of multiple local brewers

Purser added, “Thanks to thousands of different distribution channels, today’s marketplace offers an unparalleled number of styles, varieties and flavors of beer to consumers from coast to coast. American Craft Beer Week is a great opportunity to celebrate this variety.”

For more information about American Craft Beer Week, including celebratory events in your area, visit www.craftbeer.com/ACBW.

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