America’s Beer Distributors Celebrate Craft Beer WeekMay 13, 2011
ALEXANDRIA, VA – America’s 3,330 licensed beer distributors are celebrating the excitement that craft beer brings to the beer industry during American Craft Beer Week , May 16-22, 2011, a national celebration highlighting the culture and contributions of craft beer and the more than 1,700 craft breweries across the United States.
“Beer distributors are proud to serve as partners with America’s craft brewers,” said Craig Purser, president of the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA). “Distributors work with craft brewers to deliver the greatest choice and variety of beer available in the world to American consumers of legal drinking age. Beer distributors take great pride in serving as the vehicle to market for these brands and providing choice and variety to the consumer.”
“American Craft Beer Week is a great opportunity to recognize the unparalleled number of styles, varieties and flavors of beer – nearly 13,000 different labels – available in the marketplace today. This diversity is due in large part to the effectiveness of the American system of state-based alcohol regulation which provides assistance to brewers working to grow and get established,” continued Purser. “American Craft Beer Week is also a good time to nominate a beer distributor for the 2011 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award, which honors the beer distributor that does the most to market, promote and sell craft beer.”
NBWA and the Brewers Association (BA) will jointly present the Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award on October 1, 2011, at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. In addition to the Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award, a Craft Beer Distributor Achievement Award and a Craft Beer Distributor Recognition Award will be presented. Nominations must be submitted by August 1, 2011. For entry rules and the nomination form, go to www.nbwa.org/craft-beer-distributor-of-the-year.
For more information about American Craft Beer Week, including celebratory events in your area, visit www.craftbeer.com/pages/news-and-events/american-craft-beer-week.