Established beer distributors prioritize efficiency and predictability with familiar beer brands, presenting challenges for startups and smaller breweries that fall outside these parameters, often leading to higher consumer prices and reduced competitiveness against larger brands benefiting from economies of scale. We’ve been working to give our members, with Self Distribution, more financially and operationally feasible options for their operations.
We are aligned with The Brewers Association on this issue. “The BA is committed to supporting the three-tier system of beer production and distribution in America. We wish to ensure that the three-tier system fosters competition and treats craft brewers fairly. The BA also believes that the three-tier system is not a static institution but rather a dynamic system that must constantly evolve to ensure that all three tiers in the system—brewers, distributors, and retailers—are treated fairly.”
Supporting local breweries and cideries is essential for fostering community identity, boosting the economy, and promoting diverse and unique flavors in the world of craft beer and cider and we take this very seriously. In fact, we have dedicated the entire month of October to just this mission for our members here in Nebraska.