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

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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German-Brewed Oktoberfests

Germany is the birthplace of Oktoberfest (both the festival and the beer) and is rich in history. Oktoberfests also are called Märzens, which is German for the month of March. The beer was originally brewed in March, lagered in cool, dark caves and cellars all summer, and once October rolled around, all that tasty beer was ready to go. Craft Beer and Brewing lists five Oktoberfests brewed in Germany to try this fall.

TX: A-B Distributing Celebrates 2nd 'Taste Buds' Anniversary With Food Drive

On the third Thursday of every month, A-B Distributing Company in San Angelo, Texas, hosts "Taste Buds," a program launched two years ago, which provides consumers, retailers and beer enthusiasts an opportunity to sample the wide variety of beer they distribute. The sampling, hosted at the warehouse, is open to the public at no charge. In celebration of a successful two-year run of Taste Buds, the distributor is sponsoring a food drive in conjunction with the October and November samplings with all food to be donated to a local food bank.

DOJ and FTC Release Guidance on How Antitrust Law Applies to Employee Hiring and Compensation

The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission have issued guidance for HR professionals and others who are involved in hiring and compensation decisions. Going forward, the Justice Department intends to criminally investigate no-poaching or wage-fixing agreements that are unrelated or unnecessary to a larger legitimate collaboration between the employers.

Asian Brewers, KKR-led Investors Vying for East Europe Beer Brands

Asian brewers Asahi Group and China Resources and a consortium of KKR and Mid Europa Partners are among several parties preparing bids for a group of beer brands being sold by Anheuser-Busch InBev. The brands, which include Pilsner Urquell in Czech Republic and Tyskie and Lech in Poland, are worth more than $5.5 billion. They were offered for sale earlier this month as part of AB InBev's $100 billion-plus takeover of SABMiller, which recently closed.

WA: State's New Liquor Law May Have Led to More Assaults

Researchers examined the relationship between newly issued liquor licenses and reported violent crimes in Seattle, Washington, from 2010 to 2013. Starting in 2011, a new law shut down state-run liquor stores in lieu of allowing select private businesses to sell liquor, and the number of licenses increased substantially. After cross-referencing with census data, the researchers found for each newly licensed store or restaurant/bar in a neighborhood, there was a noticeable jump in both aggravated and non-aggravated assaults.

U.S. Economy Grows a Bit Faster in September, Fed Says

U.S. economic growth picked up a bit as summer ended and fall began, supported by modest hiring, an uptick in consumer spending and steady homebuilding, according to the Federal Reserve. The Fed's "Beige Book" survey of economic conditions in its 12 regional bank districts found that growth was modest or moderate in eight districts, slight in three and flat in the New York district. That's an improvement from its September survey, which found that growth weakened in two districts and was unchanged in two.