Brewers and distributors are caught between a slowing economy and rising costs. What does it take to navigate hard times?High gas prices. A weak housing market. Weak consumer confidence. Rumblings of recession.What does it mean for the American beer business? The latest issue of Brew Magazine takes a look.From the issue:The beer business is generally considered recession-resistant, if not recession-proof, because its products span the spectrum of consumer tastes and price points. But that doesn’t mean beer doesn’t get pinched during tough times.