East coast beer distributors scramble to stock shelves ahead of storm

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GREENSBORO, NC - As this weekend's big winter storm blankets the East Coast with snow, it's also causing an avalanche of news cliches.

"People here are hunkering down," said one reporter in Charlotte, N.C.

New York's governor delivered the standard: "You hope for the best and you prepare for the worst."

What would a good, old-fashioned storm be without this one, courtesy of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan: "Make sure you have food and supplies at home."

Here at NewsFix, we'd just like to tip our hat to the folks who took that last piece of advice to heart, not by stocking up on food, but other important supplies.

"I got wine, I got beer," said one woman in Washington, D.C. "We've got to be ready to have the neighbors over and whoever wants to just have a great time."

Turns out, beer shelves look the same as bread shelves when winter weather rolls through, which is why distributors worked overtime to deliver cold ones before the really cold one hit.

"People are home. They're safe. They're not driving anywhere. They're not working. And what are they doing to do? Eat, drink and be merry," said Mike Hudson, a distributor in Greensboro, N.C.

That sounds like our kind of storm prep!