2014 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award

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The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Brewers Association (BA) jointly presented the 2014 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award to J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. of Tampa, Florida. The award, now in its eighth year, was presented on October 4, 2014, at the Great American Beer Festival® hosted by the BA in Denver, Colorado. The award recognizes an American beer distribution company that does the most to market, promote and sell craft beer.

Windy City Distributing, LLC of Aurora, Illinois, was honored with the Craft Beer Distributor Achievement Award (first runner-up) and Maletis Beverage of Portland, Oregon, received the Craft Beer Distributor Recognition Award (second runner-up).

J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. has seen a 28 percent growth in its craft beer sales over the past year alone. The company is committed to the promotion of craft beer brands and hosts craft beer trade shows for its retail customers. The company also hosts commercial craft brewer collaborations at “The Brewers Tasting Room,” where local and regional brewers are invited to attend and brew small batches of beer for sampling and promotional events. With its wide distribution network in 17 Florida counties and expansive craft beer brands, J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. provides Florida consumers both quality and variety in the beer they drink.

“The entrepreneurial spirit of craft brewers continues to add energy and excitement to the American beer industry, and America’s more than 3,300 beer distributors take great pride in serving as the vehicle to market for these brands and investing in their growth,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser. “NBWA is proud to recognize J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Windy City Distributing and Maletis Beverage 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 J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Windy City Distributing and Maletis Beverage 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.”

Download high-resolution photos of the award recipients and award logos:

2014 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Logo

J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. Photos 

2014 Craft Beer Distributor Achievement Award Logo

Windy City Distributing, LLC Photos

2014 Craft Beer Distributor Recognition Award Logo

Maletis Beverage Photos

To learn more about the nomination process and winner selection, read the nomination rules and selection criteria. For additional information, please contact NBWA Manager, Membership Development and Industry Reasearch Amy Wells at 800-300-6417 or awells@nbwa.org.

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