Legislative Conference

Now’s the time to make your voice heard and to share the story of why your business is essential to your community. During the conference programming, you’ll learn the strategic skills you need to advocate for your business in legislator meetings, local warehouse tours and beyond. Plus, you will hear insider political analysis and gain a deeper understanding of how federal policies affect your business from our team of experts.

What is Legislative Conference? The beer distribution industry’s opportunity to cut through the noise and bring your key issues directly to Capitol Hill through meetings with legislators and their staff on both sides of the aisle.

Where is it? The Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Washington and the U.S. Capitol. Attendees can book their room via this link.

When should I arrive? If you’re attending the BREW Leadership Forum, the action starts first thing in the morning on Monday, April 15. Later that day, Legislative Conference programming starts at 1pm, with the Distributor Member Meeting kicking off at 3 pm.

We’ll hold our welcome reception the evening of Sunday, April 14 for those who have arrived by then. See the full schedule.

Why should I attend? From taxes on Main Street businesses to the importance of independent beer and beverage distribution, this is your chance to educate federal lawmakers who vote on issues that impact you and your businesses. Don’t sit on the sidelines — make your voice heard!

Thank you to our 2024 Legislative Conference Sponsors!


Registration for Legislative Conference is $400 and can be completed via the link below. If your company has an active membership with NBWA and you have an individual account set up, your username will be your work email address. Scroll down to receive a login link via email. If you need assistance logging in or need an account set up please contact info@nbwa.org.


If you would like to attend the BREW Leadership Forum, taking place during the Legislative Conference on Monday, April 15, it can be added for a $125 fee in the “Sessions” portion of the registration.

If you would just like to attend the BREW Leadership Forum, standalone registration costs $200 and can be found here.


Cancellation Policy: NBWA must receive written notice of cancellations by email no later than March 22, 2024 to issue a 100% refund. From March 23 – April 8, 2024, a $100 per person administrative fee will be assessed for all cancellation notices received in writing. After April 8, no refunds will be issued. Please email jsugg@nbwa.org for cancellation requests and include your order number in the subject line.



Our hotel for the event will be the Hyatt Regency Washington at Capitol Hill.

Room Rate:

$315.00 + taxes per night single/double occupancy

$340.00 + taxes per night triple occupancy

$365.00 +taxes per night quadruple occupancy

Cut-Off Date:

Friday, March 22, 2024.


Schedule Overview

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Welcome Reception — Sponsored by Rehrig Pacific
8:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m. BREW Leadership Forum — Sponsored VIP
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Advocacy Education Workshop
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Distributor Member Meeting — Sponsored by Cirrus Tech
5:00 - 5:30 p.m. State Breakout Meetings
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Toast to Washington Reception — Co-Hosted with the Beer Institute
8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Next Generation and Emerging Leaders Group Reception — Sponsored by Texas Capital Bank
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. General Industry Session — Sponsored by Bickers Consulting Group
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Capitol Hill Visits
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. NBWA Members Hill Hospitality — Sponsored by PDC/KPI
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Next Generation and Emerging Leaders Lunch — Sponsored by Draftline Technologies & Encompass
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. NBWA PAC Chairman’s Circle Reception
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Cheers: A Celebration of Beer, Food and Music— Sponsored by Encompass Technologies & Draftline Technologies
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Capitol Hill Visits

Hear From Political Leaders and Industry Experts

Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-6)

House Majority Whip

We’re pleased to share that House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (MN-6) will be joining us to share his outlook on today’s political environment.

Congressman Emmer served as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee for the 116th and 117th Congresses, and currently sits on the House Financial Services Committee.

Congressman Pete Aguilar (CA-33)

House Democratic Caucus Chair

House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar (CA-33) will be joining the 2024 Legislative Conference to share his perspectives on issues important to distributors.

Representing California’s Inland Empire region, Rep. Aguilar holds the leadership position of Chair of the House Democratic Caucus.

Aguilar is a lifelong resident of the region who started his first job at the age of twelve, working with his grandfather at the San Bernardino County Courthouse cafeteria. He went on to serve as mayor of Redlands before being elected to Congress in 2014.

Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19)

House Budget Committee Chairman

Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19) will be joining our Next Generation and Emerging Leaders Lunch.Arrington currently serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and on the Committee of Ways and Means. You won’t want to miss his take on the current political landscape in D.C. and across the country.

Reid Wilson

Founder and Editor of Pluribus News

Reid Wilson is the founder, chief executive, and editor in chief of Pluribus News, the nation’s only independent news outlet covering state-level politics and policy. He is an expert in spotting political trends as they develop and forecasting election results long before the ballots are counted.

Known for staying ahead of the news through his access to top newsmakers, Wilson is a trusted staple of the political scene. Wilson previously covered politics for The Hill and the Washington Post, and he’s the former editor-in-chief of National Journal’s The Hotline. His work has appeared in outlets like The New York Times, RealClearPolitics, Atlantic Monthly, New Republic, and other major news networks, and his expertise is frequently also sought-after by MSNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, and radio shows across the nation. He is also the Amazon best-selling author of Epidemic: Ebola and the Global Scramble to Prevent the Next Killer Outbreak. 

Brian Crawford

President & CEO of the Beer Institute

Brian Crawford joined the Beer Institute as its president and CEO in 2022. Before joining the Beer Institute, Brian served as executive vice president of government affairs for the American Hotel and Lodging Association, where he led the association’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and with key administration policymakers and stakeholders on priority issues, including short-term rentals, workforce career development and technology and distribution. He also oversaw the lodging industry’s largest political action committee, HotelPAC, ensuring that the association’s political voice was strong and united by investing in federal candidates who support the industry.

Before working at AHLA, Brian spent years in the U.S. House of Representatives, having served five as chief of staff to U.S. Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17). He previously served as the deputy chief of staff for Florida Congressman Ric Keller (FL-08) and held senior roles in other national trade associations.

Bob Pease

President & CEO of the Brewers Association

Bob Pease is president and CEO of the Brewers Association, the national trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers. In his role, Pease is responsible for the strategic development and tactical execution of the association’s mission in the areas of membership development, events, media relations, and government affairs. He has led the charge to strengthen the small brewer’s voice in Washington, D.C.

John Bodnovich

Executive Director of American Beverage Licensees

John Bodnovich is Executive Director of American Beverage Licensees (ABL) and a leading advocate for America’s beer, wine and spirits retailers. He works closely with state and regional affiliates representing on- and off-premise beverage licensee members on matters of concern to beverage alcohol retailers. His work includes managing ABL federal government affairs portfolio, grassroots advocacy, and strategic communication efforts between ABL and its affiliates. During his time with ABL, John has led a number of association initiatives including membership and responsibility campaigns, and public awareness efforts addressing alcohol issues. John holds a B.A. in Government & International Relations from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master’s degree in Political Management from The George Washington University.

Justin Kissinger

President & CEO of World Brewing Alliance

Justin Kissinger is the President and CEO of the World Brewing Alliance (WBA). Justin has extensive experience as a senior leader at the intersection of business, government and international affairs, including work at Heineken and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Justin holds a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Scranton. He has lived in the United States, Honduras and the Netherlands, and speaks English and Spanish.

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