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 Director, Federal Affairs Kate Beaulieu at

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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RiverWalk Brewing Announces Expansion into Maine Market

RiverWalk Brewing Co., located in Newburyport, Mass., launched distribution in Maine via a new partnership with Mariner Beverages in Portland, Maine. They began shipping cans and draft on Feb. 12. The initial rollout included three SKUs — IPA, Storm Door Porter and Tricoastal — with immediate plans to increase variety. Steve Sanderson, owner of RiverWalk Brewing, sees Maine distribution as the next logical next step. “We’re so close to Maine and already have a significant following there.

2018 James Beard Awards to Recognize Outstanding Beer Professionals

The James Beard Foundation Awards are annual awards presented by the James Beard Foundation for excellence in cuisine, culinary writing and culinary education in the United States. But outstanding beer professionals are also up for awards this year. See the who’s who in the beer profession on the recently-released list of semifinalists.

America's Thirst for Corona Helps Mexico Dominate Beer Imports

Corona and Dos Equis lovers made Mexico the supplier of more than two out of three imported beers in the U.S. last year. Mexico exported a staggering 712 million gallons to its northern neighbor. The Netherlands came in second place, exporting 145 million gallons for a market share of almost 14 percent. Belgium, Canada and Germany followed with single-digit market-share figures.

U.S. Restaurant Count Declines 2 Percent, NPD Reports

The number of U.S. restaurants fell 2 percent, to 647,288 units, from the previous year, according to the NPD Group’s 2017 fall census. The unit count for independent restaurants dropped 3 percent, while the unit count for chains remained flat, according to the fall 2017 ReCount census of commercial restaurant locations by NPD. “The U.S. restaurant count is reflective of what’s happening in the foodservice industry today overall,” said Bonnie Riggs, NPD’s restaurant industry analyst. “To expand or not expand units is a calculated decision on the part of restaurant operators.”

Red Stripe Donates Sled to Jamaican Bobsled Team at Winter Olympics

The Jamaican bobsled team needed a new sled just days before competing in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. And a Jamaican beer company stepped up to provide it. Red Stripe, which is based in the nation's capital of Kingston, has supplied a sled for the Jamaican bobsled team to use in competition early next week after the dramatic departure of driver coach Sandra Kiriasis left the team without a sled.

TX: TABC Taps Alcohol Distributors to Help Fight Human Trafficking at Bars, Restaurants, Liquor Stores

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission wants alcohol delivery people to be on the lookout for signs of human trafficking in TABC-licensed bars, restaurants and liquor stores. The department launched a program to train employees of alcohol distributors to identify warning signs of human trafficking and report those signs to the TABC anonymously. While the Bud Light delivery guys may seem unlikely crime fighters, because of their regular access to thousands of businesses in the state, they're in a good position to notice something off-kilter.

Consumer Comfort in U.S. Jumps to Highest Level Since 2001

U.S. consumer sentiment jumped last week to the highest level since February 2001, indicating Americans were shaking off turbulence in the stock market, according to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index. Consumers remain upbeat about the economy, their finances and the buying climate, representing a disconnect from volatility in the stock market that culminated in a 5.2 percent slump in the Dow Jones Industrial Average last week. That shows a robust labor market is playing a bigger role in boosting household sentiment.