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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Here's What You'll Pay for Gas This Memorial Day Weekend

Gas prices during the busy Memorial Day weekend will likely be the lowest since 2005, according to the latest projections from AAA. A gallon of gas now averages $2.28 compared with $2.71 at the same time last year. The cheaper gas this year is expected to translate into more people on the road during the three-day Memorial Day weekend. More than 38 million Americans are expected to travel by car, an increase of 700,000 compared to the same period a year ago.

Heat Meets Sweet

Combining fruits like apples, apricots and pineapple with a zing from chiles and peppers yields an awesome one-two punch of summer flavor. DRAFT Magazine lists three spicy and sweet beers to try.

IN: Beer Distributor Filling Beer Orders Ahead of Indy 500

Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Company is using an automated picking machine to expedite the thousands of beer orders that must be filled ahead of the Indy 500 this weekend. "We anticipated selling 100,000 cases a day, which is almost double what we would normally do," said Natalie Roberts, senior vice president for Monarch Beverage Company. "So getting it out to the accounts and getting the product where it needs to be is our priority this week."

S. Africa Regulator Said Unlikely to Make Beer Ruling This Week

South Africa’s Competition Commission is unlikely to make a decision on whether to recommend Anheuser-Busch InBev’s takeover of SABMiller this week, further extending the regulatory process. The antitrust body is continuing with the investigation into the $106 billion deal. There is a possibility of completing the probe this week, but it’s very small. The Competition Commission has missed at least four earlier deadlines to complete its probe into the takeover of SABMiller, which traces its roots to Johannesburg.

UT: Epic Brewing Expands Distribution to Rhode Island

Epic Brewing, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced it is expanding distribution to Rhode Island and will be partnering with Atlantic Importing and Distributing Co. Epic has an existing partnership with Atlantic for Massachusetts distribution and has seen success in the state. “We are excited to grow our presence in New England region with the strong representation Atlantic Importing has created,” said Darin McGregor, national sales manager for Epic.

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.

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