Yeah, well - it depends on the distributor. It's not really our distributor's job to promote our beer, but they do it anyway. They compete against other distributors for tap space so they will push your beer, especially when you have a quality product.
The other things you may not understand is that the distributor buys our beer from us directly. So when he has it in his ware house it behooves him to move it onto a tap somewhere.
Reagrdlesss, I looked into starting a brewpub but the operating costs where was more than I could ever afford, lert alone the stupid local laws I'd have had to deal with. A distributing brewery is way more affordable and much easier to get off the ground if your starting capital is less than a million bucks or so.