ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Brewers Association (BA) are seeking nominations for the Fifth Annual Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award by August 1, 2011. The award recognizes an American beer distributor who goes above and beyond in their efforts to market, sell and promote craft beer. It will be presented October 1, 2011, at the Great American Beer Festival, hosted by the BA, in Denver.
America’s beer distributors and craft brewers can nominate any distributor they believe is deserving of the award. For entry rules and regulations, visit www.nbwa.org/craft-beer-distributor-of-the-year.
“The entrepreneurial spirit of craft brewers continues to add energy and excitement to the American beer industry,” said NBWA President Craig Purser. “Their tremendous growth, especially in today’s soft economic climate when overall beer sales volume has been down, demonstrates American consumers’ appreciation for craft beer and excitement over the wide variety of flavors beer has to offer. Beer distributors take great pride in serving as the vehicle to market for these brands and providing choice and variety to the consumer.”
Brewers Association President Charlie Papazian applauded beer distributors for providing a valuable service by giving craft beers a presence in the marketplace. “Without America’s independent beer distributors, we wouldn’t be seeing the enthusiasm for the wide array of flavor and diversity of American beer. This award recognizes the extra efforts independent distributors are making on behalf of craft beer.”
In addition to the Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award, a Craft Beer Achievement Award and Craft Beer Distributor Recognition Award will also be presented.