The 82nd Annual National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) Convention & Trade Show was in Las Vegas this week. Hosted on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 23-24, 2019, at Caesars Palace, this beer hoppening was like no other.

The stunning Ceasars pool area nestled between the towers

First off, I should have titled this story “2-1/2 Days of NBWA.” The event really kicked-off Sunday evening with a lavish pool party at Caesars Palace, hosted by Anheuser-Busch, where an abundance of warm food satisfied the tummy and cold beer flowed freely.

Beti Kristof and Jeffery John

The party started at six o’clock and attendance was huge as everyone sampled beers and caught up on industry news. Over the next couple hours the NBQ crew mingled and made a few new friends between timeouts on the dance floor as classic 70’s disco fueled the night.

Powering the stage was the original Boogie Knights from Los Angeles. Don’t be fooled by imitators! They’ve been playing in the Los Angeles area and Las Vegas as well at corporate and clubs shows all across the country since 1992, so they have boogied a lot of nights.

Boogie Knights performing the disco classics

Sir Elton John tribute artist Jeffery John was there in full costume to Beti’s delight. Jeffery’s show, “A Tribute to Sir Elton John,” features great music, costumes, a sing‑a‑long, and even a little comedy! Click here for his YouTube vide. We’re looking forward to checking him out one night as he plays the Strip.

So, back to the party… like I mentioned earlier, there was no shortage of beer and eats. Naturally, as an Anheuser-Busch-sponsored party, most (or maybe all) beers were their products. No worries though as there were plenty to choose from, with something to satisfy most everyone.

Learn more about the NBWA Annual Convention.

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The Swirl Girls

Later, we stopped by United Brands after-party, where they were introducing SWIRL, a new sparkling drink available in five flavors, each represented beautifully by the SWIRL girls. Complementing the party vibe was the Rain Man Suite at Caesars that was featured in the movie, RAIN MAN (1988). Special thanks to Michael Michail for having us and sharing in your fun evening. We had a blast!

Swirl Sparkling Flavors: Cotton Candy, Iced Cake, Salted Caramel, Whipped Cream, and Unicorn

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Stay tuned for 2 Days of NBWA, Part 2

Photos by A.D. Cook

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