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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D.C.: Food Network Star Finalist Hosts NBWA Beer Event Highlighting Consumer Choice

With Mardi Gras quickly approaching, celebrity chef Jay Ducote, the self-proclaimed “food ambassador for South Louisiana,” spent a week eating his way through Washington, D.C. His main event was a dinner, which he hosted with the National Beer Wholesalers Association. He led the 20-person event through a Louisiana-themed beer-pairing dinner.

Asahi Bids to Buy Peroni and Grolsch Beers From SABMiller

Asahi Group Holdings has reached a preliminary deal to buy SABMiller’s Peroni and Grolsch beer brands for more than 400 billion yen ($3.5 billion), as part of efforts to offset slow growth at home. Asahi is Japan’s biggest brewer with a 38% market share, but the company has sought growth outside Japan where beer sales have fallen over the past two decades, as the population shrinks and wine becomes increasingly popular.

MI: Short’s Brewing Co. Begins Distribution in Pennsylvania With Bella Vista

Short’s Brewing Company of Bellaire, Michigan, will begin distribution of their beer in Pennsylvania this week. Distributed by Bella Vista Beer Distributors, Eastern Pennsylvania will be the first region outside of Short’s home state of Michigan to receive shipments of Short’s brews.

MI: Bell’s Brewery Partners With Arkansas Craft and O’Connor for Arkansas Distribution

Bell’s Brewery, Inc., located in Comstock, Michigan, announced its new distributor partnerships in Arkansas. Arkansas Craft Distributors, LLC and O’Connor Distributing will work with Bell's to bring its craft beers to retailers throughout the state of Arkansas. Beer will begin shipping for release in late April.

IL: Half Acre Beer Expands Distribution to Southern Illinois

Chicago-based Half Acre Beer Co. has announced it is expanding distribution to Southern Illinois. The brewery is partering with Koerner Distributor Inc. "We have concentrated on building our portfolio with the best craft breweries available. Adding Half Acre to our book makes it stronger than ever," said Ben Quinn, regional manager of craft beer at Koerner.

Lindemans Releases Two New Lambics in U.S. Markets

Chicago beer distributor Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. and specialty beer importer Merchant du Vin have announced the arrival of two new brews from Belgium-based Lindemans Brewery—SpontanBasil, a lambic fermented with fresh basil in collaboration with Mikkeller, and Oude Kriek Cuvée René, a lambic made with whole cherries. Available in limited quantity in the U.S. for the first time, these special-release 750-mL beers make their brief stint at Chicago-area retailers this week.

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.

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