Former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil famously remarked that “all politics are local”. This he learned, so the story goes, after he lost his first election.

Legislator visits to CBBD member warehouses is a critical way to make CBBD issues local for policy makers. It establishes the nexus between policy advocacy in Sacramento and the operational complexity of delivering 314 million cases of beer annually to California consumers.

Our efforts in Sacramento are focused on informing policy makers of the value of the three-tier regulatory system, the jobs and economic benefits that accrue to local communities throughout the state, and the breadth of choices made available to retailers and consumers. But like the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, a visit is worth a thousand e-mails. And far more memorable.

So, chill the beer and invite your local legislator for a warehouse tour (and a cold one) today.

To schedule a visit, contact Rhonda Stevenson at (916) 441-5402 ( She will assist you in scheduling and arranging a warehouse tour.