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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NBWA Statement on TTB Ruling on Category Management and “Tied House”

In response to industry requests for clarification, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau issued general guidance concerning promotional activities commonly associated with category management programs and whether or not those activities are lawful. "The Tax and Trade Bureau’s ruling to address recent tied house activities related to category management, shelf plans and shelf schematics is a positive step toward providing additional guidance for alcohol manufacturers, distributors and retailers," said NBWA CEO & President Craig Purser in a statement.

Cheap Gas Prices Creep Closer to $1 Per Gallon

Gas prices in at least nine states have fallen to their lowest levels in a dozen years, with some even approaching $1 a gallon in the Midwest. Gas prices in Texas, Missouri, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Oklahoma, Kansas and North Dakota have reached their lowest average point since 2004, according to Gasbuddy.com. The average price of a gallon of regular gas in the U.S. is now $1.74, the cheapest since January 2009.

RI: Senate Passes Bill Banning Powdered Alcohol

The Rhode Island Senate has approved a bill that would ban the sale and use of powdered alcohol in the state. Senator Frank Lombardo III sponsored the bill as a way to curb underage drinking and prevent alcohol abuse. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives. If passed, Rhode Island would be among 28 states to regulate or ban powdered alcohol

FL: How a St. Augustine Brewery Is Making Its Way Into Jacksonville

Ancient City Brewing, which started producing in summer 2015, began distributing in Jacksonville this week, along with Gainesville, after signing with beer distributor North Florida Sales. Ancient City is competing with Jacksonville's eight existing craft breweries, as well as a number of other craft beer brands that have entered the market. "The hurdle is getting out there," said Greg Tuttle, co-owner of Ancient City. "Distributors make our life easier, especially because the beer market is so quickly expanding."

CT: Two Roads Brewing Expands Distribution to New Hampshire Market

Two Roads Brewing Company of Stratford, Connecticut, has announced that the brand will be expanding distribution into the state of New Hampshire by teaming up with Bayside Distributors and Amoskeag Beverages. “We at Two Roads are excited to announce our partnership with Amoskeag and Bayside to bring our unique portfolio to New Hampshire. Both distributors have a strong commitment to craft beer and share our philosophy of taking the road less traveled," said Two Roads Director of Sales Meghan Zachry.

CO: Oskar Blues Expands Distribution to North Dakota, South Dakota and Oklahoma

Oskar Blues Brewery, located in Longmont, Colorado, and Brevard, North Carolina, has announced that it is now one state away from completing its national distribution footprint with the addition of North Dakota, South Dakota and Oklahoma. Oskar Blues has signed distribution agreements and will partner with Johnson Brothers for the North and South Dakota markets and Oklahoma Beer Imports for Oklahoma distribution.

Asahi Targets Asia's Aspiring Beer Mavens in Premium-Brand Offer

Asia has been awash with low-priced beer for decades, but as incomes in the region rise, so too is the amount younger connoisseurs are willing to spend on the amber beverage. That’s one of the key motivations for Asahi Group Holdings Inc., which said it has entered exclusive talks to buy SABMiller Plc’s Peroni and Grolsch brands for 2.55 billion euros ($2.9 billion). Another is that these world-famous beers would extend the brewer’s geographic reach outside its home market in Asia, said Duncan Fox, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence in London.

14 Chocolate Beers to Drink on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. If your date loves beer as much as you do, he or she will appreciate these chocolate beers that are perfect for the occasion. If you’re flying solo this February 14, these beers make great company. BeerandBrewing.com lists 14 chocolate beers to drink this Valentine's Day.

NC: Beer Distribution Outside Western North Carolina Helps Grow Local Tourism

Around Western North Carolina, more beer bottles roll out of breweries than ever before, with an increasing amount put on trucks and shipped out of town as breweries increase their distribution areas. And while it helps the breweries' bottom line, that beer also is promoting the Asheville area as a tourist destination, brewers say.

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