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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Connecting With All Tiers of Distribution a Driver for Growth

Along with quality craft beer, being able to convey its brewery’s message and culture across multiple tiers of the distribution system has helped Allagash Brewing get to where it is today. That includes working alongside distribution partners to help get its product out to the public and advertised correctly. “We have always used a distribution network,” said Allagash Sales Director Naomi Neville in a video posted by the National Beer Wholesalers Association. “We wouldn’t be where we are without it. We wouldn’t be selling beer in California or Georgia or D.C.

U.S. Consumer Spending at Weakest Pace in Five Months

U.S. consumers scaled back their spending in August to its weakest pace in five months, reflecting a drop in spending on autos. Income growth also decelerated as wages and salary gains slowed following four strong months. Consumer spending was unchanged last month after solid gains of 0.4 percent in July and 0.3 percent in June, the Commerce Department reported. It was the poorest showing since a similar flat reading in March.

How the New OPEC Deal Will Affect Gas Prices

Gas prices this past summer were the cheapest in more than a decade, and drivers have been told to expect even lower prices at the pump this fall. Yet a recent pipeline leak in the Southeast and other factors have caused gas prices to increase in certain parts of the country, and the national average has hovered around $2.20 per gallon for regular gasoline for about a month. Now, after OPEC reached an agreement to scale back oil production this week, oil prices are expected to climb—and gas prices should follow suit.

California Latest State to Ban Powdered Alcohol

California is joining dozens of other states in outlawing powdered alcohol before it hits the market amid concerns the inconspicuous drug would too easily become a safety hazard. Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he signed SB819 to ban any "alcohol prepared or sold in a powder or crystalline form." Lawmakers unanimously approved the bill last month.

Congress Passes Spending Bill to Prevent Government Shutdown

Congress late Wednesday passed a spending bill to keep the government operating through December 9 and provide $1.1 billion in funding to battle the Zika virus. The House cleared the measure by a 342-85 vote just hours after a bipartisan Senate tally. The votes came after top congressional leaders broke through a stalemate over aid to help Flint, Michigan, address its water crisis.

Anheuser-Busch to Pay SEC $6 Million to Settle Bribery Charges

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, has agreed to pay $6 million to settle charges that it had violated U.S. foreign bribery laws and "chilled a whistleblower," the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said. An SEC investigation found that a minority-owned joint venture of the Belgium-based company used third-party sales promoters from 2009 to 2012 to make improper payments to officials in India to boost sales and production in that country, the agency said in a statement.

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