The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Brewers Association (BA) are pleased to announce that Brown Distributing Company based in West Palm Beach, Florida has been selected as the 2012 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year. The Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award recognizes a beer distributor who does the most to market, promote and sell craft beer. NBWA and BA presented the award jointly today at the Great American Beer Festival® in Denver, Colorado.
Brown Distributing Company, a family-run Florida company for more than 90 years, has evolved into a craft beer powerhouse, distributing beer from 64 craft breweries to nearly 4,000 retail accounts throughout the state. Over the past 12 months, the company has achieved a 76% increase in craft beer sales volume.
DeCrescente Distributing Company of Mechanicville, New York, was honored with the Craft Beer Distributor Achievement Award, and Tryon Distributing of Charlotte, North Carolina, received the Craft Beer Distributor Recognition Award.
“The entrepreneurial spirit of craft brewers continues to add energy and excitement to the American beer industry, and beer distributors take great pride in serving as the vehicle to market for these brands,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser. “NBWA is proud to recognize Brown Distributing Company, DeCrescente Distributing Company and Tryon Distributing for their role in strengthening the craft beer segment and bringing American consumers the most extensive choice and variety of beer in the world. The craft beer category continues to grow at double digit rates thanks in part to the strong relationship between craft brewers and beer distributors.”
Brewers Association President Charlie Papazian added, “Beer distributors like Brown Distributing Company, DeCrescente Distributing Company and Tryon Distributing are providing a valuable service by giving craft brewers a presence in the marketplace. These awards recognize the creativity, innovation and specialized services independent beer distributors are providing on behalf of small and independent craft brewers.”