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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Trouble Brewing: Drought-Hit Hops Crop Concerns Craft Beer Brewers

The craft beer boom has allowed hops growers in Washington's Yakima Valley to expand in recent years and to fetch higher prices for their crops. But a worsening drought and unseasonably hot weather is causing pain for the region's agricultural sector and could result in shortages for some popular varieties of hops used in beer.

Inside Anheuser-Busch’s Craft Beer Deals

The beer business in the United States has been a classic David versus Goliath battle for the last couple of decades. On one side was industry leader Anheuser-Busch InBev and its nearly 50 percent share of the U.S. beer market. On the other side was a growing group of upstart brewers with limited production, but big dreams in their heads and big hops in their brews. But recently a new trend is starting to impact the marketplace: Goliath is spending big money to bring David over to its side.

Ex-Im Extension Advances in U.S. Senate Highway Bill Debate

The Senate advanced a proposal to extend the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s charter as part of legislation to finance highways and mass transit for three years. The 67-26 vote during an unusual Sunday session moves forward the Senate’s effort to pass the highway bill as the Highway Trust Fund’s authorization is set to expire after July 31. The House has passed a different plan, one without an Ex-Im renewal, putting pressure on both chambers to consider a short-term extension.

Here’s Why (and Where) Americans Are Buying Craft Beer, According to Nielsen data

We each have our own reasons for drinking craft beer, whether that has to do with flavor, consumer values, or just to fit in with our friends. It’s interesting, though, to peek at why other people buy craft beer, and whether those motivations align with how we imagine “craft drinkers” as a whole. The Brewers Association and Nielsen Research conducted a nationally representative survey of more than 1,000 regular craft beer drinkers, 58 percent of whom said they consume craft beer at least weekly.

NC: D9 Brewing Company Partners With Craft Central

Craft Central, a dedicated craft beer distributor in North Carolina, has announced D9 Brewing Company as the latest addition to their growing portfolio. Based in Cornelius, North Carolina, D9 Brewing reimagines unique and trusted styles of beer, focusing on American Ales, English Ales, Viking Heathers and Cascadian Ales. Craft Central will distribute D9’s brands in central and western portions of the North Carolina.

Blue Moon Celebrates 20th Anniversary With 750 Nationwide Events

On Friday, July 31, Blue Moon will celebrate its 20th Anniversary underneath a lunar blue moon. During the evening’s moonlit hours, more than 750 celebrations will take place at bars nationwide, culminating in a cross-country toast of Blue Moon at 10 p.m. local time at each location. In its hometown of Denver, Blue Moon will host a moonlit concert with Big Data, featuring special guest Robert DeLong, at Blue Moon Brewing Co.’s SandLot Brewery. Blue Moon brewers will also pour a specialty beer release.

Hopworks Urban Brewery and New Belgium Announce Second Collaboration

Portland, Oregon-based Hopworks Urban Brewery and Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing are teaming up again to create their second collaboration beer, Organic B-Side EP. This Peach Sour Ale is being brewed at Hopworks with members from both companies’ brewing teams and will be released at a Rooftop Party at Revolution Hall in Portland on August 19.

Eight Beers to Drink This Summer That Aren’t IPAs

It's hot, it's humid, and you want some suds. Do you really need another semi-chilled IPA? Hops are great for adding bitterness and acidic flavors to beer, but if you consume too much at this time of year, you end up with a dry mouth instead of that clean refreshment you're looking for. Bloomberg lists eight craft alternatives for summer's warmest months.

CO: Backcountry Brewery Names New Head Brewer, Distributes in Texas

Former Backcountry Brewery head brewer Alan Simons spent the past seven years building the Backcountry brand, and now, lead brewer JP Vander Veen says he’s keen to keep alive the former brewer’s tradition of crafting beers that are true to style. The Frisco, Colorado-based brewery has expanded distribution to Texas, starting with the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Backcountry has partnered with Full Jacket Distribution and is one of two craft beer accounts Full Jacket distributes.

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