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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Ballast Point to Build $48 Million Brewery in Virginia

San Diego-based Ballast Point confirmed plans to purchase a massive 259,000 square-foot building in Botetourt County, Virginia, where it will build its first East Coast production facility. The company plans to spend $48 million to build the new outpost. Ballast Point spokeswoman Hilary Cocalis said the new location will include a large-scale production brewery, distribution warehouse and retail taproom.

U.S. Queries AB InBev on Distribution Incentives Amid Merger Probe

U.S. antitrust officials are investigating Anheuser-Busch InBev over its new incentives that encourage independent distributors to sell more of its own beer brands at the expense of competing craft brews. Budweiser owner AB InBev has 45.8 percent of the U.S. beer market but has seen sales dwindle at least partially because of rising craft beer sales. The U.S. Department of Justice last year probed AB InBev's plan to buy distributors in response to craft brewers' complaints that it aimed to curb competition.

Einstök Beer of Iceland Expands Distribution to Four States

Einstök Beer Company announced that it is expanding distribution to four new states: Arkansas, Indiana, Colorado and Michigan. The brewery has partnered with Glazer’s in Arkansas, Rhoades Beverage in Indiana, Tivoli Distributing in Colorado and Powers Distributing in Michigan. Along with 14 U.S. states and Iceland, Einstök is now available in 14 countries, including the British Isles, Europe and China.

PA: Beer Distributor Hosts Picnic for Veterans and Their Families

Harrisburg-based W&L Sales Company and the Harrisburg Senators teamed up to host a free picnic for veterans and their families to honor the military men and women for their service. "I think the veterans love this event," veteran and W&L Sales representative Jennifer Horn said. "It's been increasing every year we do it...it's a moment for us to say thank you for their service."

European Regulators Approve Anheuser-Busch InBev-SABMiller Merger

The European Commission said that it had signed off on Anheuser-Busch InBev’s more than $100 billion merger with SABMiller after the companies agreed to sell SABMiller’s premium brands in Europe and some other European operations. The combination of SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch would create a beer industry giant that would account for about 30 percent of global beer sales. In hopes of winning regulatory approval, Anheuser-Busch has entered into a number of agreements to sell a variety of assets from the combined company.

MN: Indeed Brewing Expands Distribution in Minnesota

Minneapolis-based Indeed Brewing Company is partnering with Dick Distributing, expanding its beer distribution territory to the Grand Rapids market beginning June 1. “Dick Distributing represents an important piece of the Minnesota puzzle for getting Indeed beer to as many Minnesotans as possible. Indeed is thrilled to forge a partnership with Dick Distributing,” said Nathan Berndt, co-founder at Indeed.

EU Regulators to Conditionally Clear AB InBev, SABMiller Deal

Brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev is set to win conditional EU approval for its $100 billion-plus takeover of SABMiller after agreeing to substantial asset sales. AB InBev, already the biggest brewer in the world, managed to allay EU competition concerns by agreeing to sell SABMiller's Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime beer brands to Asahi. The EU competition enforcer is scheduled to decide on the deal by May 24. Australian and South African authorities have already given the green light.

ID: Payette Brewing Co. Announces Distribution to Montana

Boise-based Payette Brewing Company announced it will begin distribution in Montana. Payette has chosen four distributors in Montana and also will be adding Wyoming and Oklahoma to its current distribution footprint of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Montana will receive Payette’s core products beginning next week, and the brewery expects to start sending specialty draft beers and cases soon.

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