The American Beer & Wine Distribution System
The modern system of beer and wine distribution is an efficient three-tier system that provides consumers with immense choice, retailers with customized inventory, encourages innovation and competition in the marketplace and allows states to regulate where and how alcohol is sold, giving law enforcement effective tools to fight underage purchase and consumption.
Control of alcohol beverages and local beer and wine distribution has not always been so efficient and effective, causing alcohol to be the subject of two amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
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- BIRTH OF A NEW DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
- CURRENT CHALLENGES TO THE SYSTEM
- HOW DOES THIS AFFECT YOU?
In 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified, repealing the failed experiment of Prohibition. While Prohibition did not end alcohol consumption, it dramatically changed the conditions under which it was sold and consumed. Section 2 of the Amendment gives states authority to regulate the production, importation, distribution, retail sale and consumption of alcohol beverages inside their borders.
Congress recognized that the importance of maintaining effective state alcohol regulation is critical. It allows states the flexibility to deal with local circumstances. A one-size-fits-all approach to alcohol regulation simply doesn’t work. People in North Carolina probably feel very differently about alcohol than those in New York. The 21st Amendment was designed to reflect local thought on the level of regulation needed for alcohol.