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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Average U.S. Gas Price Falls 8.2 Cents in Two Weeks

The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. fell 8.2 cents in the past two weeks to its lowest level in seven years, according to a Lundberg survey. Regular grade gas fell to around $1.82 per gallon in the February 5 survey from $1.91 on January 22, when the previous survey was taken. The price was the lowest since January 9, 2009, when it was roughly $1.78, survey publisher Trilby Lundberg said.

Sixer: Smoked Beers From Sour to Savory

Drying malts in an open kiln or over a fire was, in pre-industrial times, the only way to prepare them for brewing, so most historic beers likely had a degree of smokiness. These days, using smoked malts is a choice, one that can impart varying flavors depending on the wood used. DRAFT Magazine lists six smoked beers that run the gamut.

NM: La Cumbre Brewing Expands Distribution to Select Colorado Cities

Albuquerque-based La Cumbre Brewing Co. is expanding distribution to more beer-loving cities in Colorado. La Cumbre has partnered with Crooked Stave Artisans Distributing for distribution in Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Boulder. “We are stoked to have found a distribution partner with such a high regard for the craft,” said La Cumbre founder and master brewer, Jeff Erway. “The staff at Crooked Stave are beer people. They’re our people. It’s a perfect fit for us!”

AL: Bluewater Brewing Opens Doors in Alabama, Announces Distribution

Bluewater Brewing Company is the newest craft brewery to open its doors in Alabama. The brewery is located in Florence, Alabama, and will begin distribution by partnering with AlaBev. “There is always a high level of anticipation and excitement when a new brewery opens,” said Harry Kampakis, owner of AlaBev. "Bluewater Brewing Company is a testament to the caliber of craft beers being brewed right here in Alabama.”

OH: Rhinegeist's 'Cidergeist' Expanding Distribution to Massachusetts

Rhinegeist Brewery, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, announced it has expanded distribution to Massachusetts beginning later this month. The brewery has partnered with Massachusetts Beverage Alliance for distribution of the Cidergeist brand to restaurants, bars, liquor and grocery stores throughout the state.

Coca-Cola Could Be Next A-B InBev Target, Analyst Says

Analysts at Susquehanna say Coca-Cola could be a takeover target if Anheuser-Busch InBev decides to move into soft drinks after its pending merger with SABMiller. A-B InBev's pending $108 billion acquisition of rival brewer SABMiller recently received clearance from regulators in India. The companies also need to win regulatory approvals in China, Australia, the U.S., the European Union, South Africa and Colombia.

Economy Added 151,000 Jobs in January; Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.9 Percent

Hiring in America slowed down in January, with government data showing the economy added 151,000 jobs — less than the blockbuster growth of recent months but enough to keep the recovery on solid ground. The data also showed a 2.5 percent spike in wages over the past year, an encouraging sign that the strength in the labor market might finally be translating into bigger paychecks.

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