The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Brewers Association (BA) have recognized J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida Inc. of Tampa, Florida, as the 2014 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year. The award, now in its eighth year, recognizes the beer distribution company that does the most to market, promote and sell craft beer. NBWA and BA presented the award jointly at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado, Oct. 2-4.
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 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 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 and 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.”