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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NBWA Among Associations Using Video to Tell Member Stories

Telling member stories to the outside community is one of the main reasons the National Beer Wholesalers Association began shooting videos. NBWA launched a mini-newscast to run during its convention and also produces short clips on relevant topics throughout the year. NBWA also uses video to help members become stronger industry advocates. “The value of the industry can really come to life through the storytelling of the really great people who make up the industry,” said Rebecca Spicer, NBWA’s senior vice president of communications and public affairs.

10 Cities Where Craft Beer Is Taking Off

Craft beer can grow in popularity and production as much as it likes, but it won't make a difference if it doesn't grow out of its comfort zone. The Beer Institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association have estimated that the beer industry will fill 49,576 brewery jobs, 131,307 distribution jobs and 383,190 beer supplier positions this year. Overall, the groups say the beer industry contributes about $253 billion in economic output -- roughly 1.5% of the nation's GDP -- and accounts for $48.5 billion in tax revenue. However, the industry doesn't affect each part of the U.S.

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Fastest-Growing Beer Isn’t a Craft

Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev’s U.S. market share is a continuing source of consternation for the company and investors. In the second quarter, U.S. sales volumes fell by 555,000 hectolitres, and A-B InBev’s signature Budweiser brand continued to lose U.S. market share. One well-publicized area where A-B InBev has been trying to expand its footprint, and make up for losses in the market, is in craft beer. Craft has seen double-digit growth in the U.S. while beer as a whole has stagnated. But A-B InBev’s craft beers aren’t growing at stellar rates either.

Is Sam Adams Too Big to Succeed in the Craft World?

Craft beer sales continue to hum along nicely in the U.S., with steady double-digit growth. So why is one of the industry’s founding brands, Samuel Adams, struggling to keep up? That’s the takeaway from Samuel Adams producer Boston Beer’s latest earnings report. The company reported shipments in the first six months of the year climbed 6% from a year ago. But that badly trails the overall category’s performance: American craft beer production volume jumped 16% over the same period, according to data released by the Brewers Association.

U.S. Economy Expands at 2.3% in Second Quarter, Picking Up Speed

The U.S. economy picked up speed between April and June after a winter crawl, new government data showed, helped by a boost in consumer spending that returned the nation to its pace of solid but unspectacular growth. Data from the Department of Commerce showed that the economy expanded at an annualized rate of 2.3 percent in the second quarter, a tick below market expectations.

Heineken Boosted by Emerging Markets

Heineken NV, the world’s third-largest brewer by sales, has reported a rise in profit and revenue as the Dutch beer maker benefited from robust sales in emerging markets and strong demand for its premium brands. The results, which beat analysts’ expectations, were lifted by strong sales in Asia, Latin America and Africa, helping to offset sluggish sales in Europe.

Ice-Cream Recall Sends Chill Through Food Industry

As Blue Bell Creameries prepares to resume production of its ice cream after a sweeping recall, its mistakes are fueling broader rethinking of how to keep ice cream and other foods free of deadly bacteria. Federal records show that Blue Bell failed to follow practices recommended by government and industry groups that might have prevented listeria contamination of ice cream at all three of its main plants. At the same time, some food-safety professionals say the crisis is indicative of insufficient attention, beyond Blue Bell, of the risks of listeria.

ABL Joins Beer Industry Partners for Capitol Hill Briefing

American Beverage Licensees joined beer industry partners in a Capitol Hill briefing to highlight the positive economic impact of the beer industry on multiple sectors of the American economy. Hosted by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association, and incorporating results from the recently released Beer Serves America economic impact report, the panel brought together trade groups representing brewers, beer wholesalers, beer retailers and aluminum can manufacturers.

Your Favorite IPA Recipes, in Flux

Revised recipes of your favorite IPAs are a trend that will not be just a 2015 phenomenon. Changing beer drinker attitudes, new techniques for extracting hop and aroma and flavor, and of course, myriad new and trendy hop varieties all seemed to converge this year. And, as new hop varieties continue to pop up (and as climate change alters which hops are available), expect remixed IPA recipes to become the norm.