From members of Congress to state legislators, attorneys generals, regulators and the media, beer distributors across the country are hosting warehouse visits to showcase their critical role in the independent distribution system.

To schedule a behind-the scenes look at a beer distribution warehouse in your community, please contact NBWA Manager, Grassroots & Political Affairs Kate Beaulieu at kbeaulieu@nbwa.org

If you are a distributor who has hosted a warehouse visit, please share details of your visit with NBWA by completing the feedback form.

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Outdoor Beer Gardens Across America

There's something special about grabbing a pint in a true beer garden in the summer. While some can transport you to Germany with picnic tables and pretzel pairings, others feel like a backyard cookout with grass turf and cornhole. Plus these rooftops, patios and piers offer umbrella shade, prime people watching and hopefully a breeze. From beer gardens at major landmarks, like San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square and Chicago's Navy Pier, to New York's rooftop nook, Brass Monkey, USA Today has compiled a list of where to sip beer outside this season.

OK: University of Tulsa to Sell Beer at Football Games

For the first time in 20 years, the University of Tulsa will expand beer sales to include the general seating areas at its football games, starting on September 3 at the H.A. Chapman Stadium. “This is a measure to help with our gameday experience,” Athletic Director Derrick Gragg said. “We’re really responding to a lot of what our constituents would like to see. We’ve done a lot of surveys and studies.” The move had been considered by TU officials and discussed on several occasions in recent months before being approved by the university’s Board of Trustees.

As Summer Heats Up, Gas Prices Stay Cool

Even with the peak travel season in full swing, gasoline prices are stuck in reverse. Gas prices have plunged to their lowest July level in 12 years, according to AAA, even as Americans are racking up more miles. In fact, gas prices have dropped in 39 out of the last 40 days, lopping 20 cents a gallon off in total during that span, according to AAA.

The U.S. Consumer Just Had Its Best Quarter in a Decade

Macquarie Capital Markets Analyst David Doyle notes that the Atlanta Fed's GDPNow model, last updated on July 19, suggests personal consumption expenditures will expand in the second quarter by an annualized 4.5 percent quarter-over-quarter. That's a pace of growth not seen since the first quarter of 2006. Doyle cited strong income growth, relatively low gas prices and interest rates, as well as releveraging, as reasons to expect continued strength in this segment going forward.

Justice Department Blesses Marriage of Two Beer Giants

The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared the $100 billion merger of the world’s largest beer makers, Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, in a deal that would create a global giant controling much of the world’s brew. U.S. antitrust officials began studying the deal late last year, concerned the combined new company would have too much market power and drive up prices. But the companies agreed to take several steps to address those concerns, including SABMiller divesting its entire U.S. business and give up worldwide Miller beer brand rights.

GA: MillerCoors Buying Athens' Terrapin Beer Co.

Chicago-based MillerCoors will purchase a majority interest in Athens, Georgia’s Terrapin Beer Co. The craft and import division of MillerCoors, Tenth and Blake Beer Co., had previously purchased a minority interest in Terrapin in early 2012. Terrapin will operate as a business unit of Tenth and Blake, and Terrapin’s management and team will continue to create, brew, package, ship and sell their portfolio of brands. The transaction is expected to complete in August 2016.

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