The inaugural Best Beer Writing Contest, sponsored by the National Beer Wholesalers Association, has concluded and the winner determined! More than 60 beer bloggers from across the country participated in the Best Beer Writing Contest. They were tasked with writing about the topic: America’s Beer Renaissance: Consumer Choice and Variety in the U.S. Beer Market. While each writer tackled the same subject, each entry offered a unique perspective on the industry based on individual, personal experiences.
Five finalists were chosen by the NBWA from the submissions posted on the Beer Bloggers Conference website based on the following criteria:
- Strong writing that is both educational and entertaining
- Unique and insightful point of view
- Demonstration of a working understanding of the beer business
- Sharing of real-life examples from the writer’s perspective
- Incorporation of some form of supporting audiovisual element, such as original photography or video
From among the five finalists – including writers for Growler Fills, The Roaming Pint, Microbrews USA, All the Brews Fit to Pint and 99 Bottles – the winner of the contest was determined by a public vote. Nearly 1,000 votes were cast! The competition to determine the winner was fierce and the five finalists competed neck and neck in the public vote. Drumroll please……
2014 Best Beer Writing Contest Winner
David Bardallis, founder and author of the blog, “All The Brews Fit To Pint” with his submission, “Signs Point to Continued Growth in the U.S. Beer Market – and in Beer Writing.”
As this year’s Best Beer Writing Contest Winner, David is the recipient of waived registration to the Beer Bloggers Conference in San Diego this August 22-24, as well as airfare, registration, and lodging for him and a guest at the NBWA’s 77th Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA, from September 28-October 1, 2014. The four finalists in the contest also receive waived registration by the NBWA for their participation in the competition.
Kathleen Joyce, Communications Director for the National Beer Wholesalers Association, noted:
Each contest entry made clear that, without a doubt, it is an exciting time to be a beer lover! The U.S. is truly experiencing a beer industry renaissance. This period of exploration and growth in the beer industry is a direct response to consumers growing in sophistication, brewers and importers working to make products to meet those needs, and independent distributors working with licensed retailers to meet the demands of today’s consumer.
Joyce also thanked all participants in the 2014 Best Beer Writing Contest for helping to educate consumers about all of the great beers available in today’s market.
Congratulations once again to David – we look forward to reading more of your great writing as you report on your experiences interacting with beer distributors and other members of the industry at NBWA’s convention in New Orleans!
About the NBWA
The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributors, whose 130,000 employees are part of an effective system that provides tremendous variety to consumers; generates healthy competition; helps brewers and importers of all sizes grow; and balances a robust marketplace with healthy safety. Follow NBWA on Twitter at @NBWABeer or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NBWABeer.
Dave in Ann Arbor says
W00t! Thanks, Sarah, Kathleen, and everyone else at Zephyr and NBWA. I look forward to a great learning experience and a chance to meet new friends in both San Diego and New Orleans. Cheers!
Sarah Wolcott says
Thanks for your participation, Dave! The competition was fierce…looking forward to #BBC14!