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America’s Beer Distributors Commemorate Anniversary of Effective State-Based Alcohol Regulation

December 3, 2010


ALEXANDRIA, VA – This weekend, America’s beer distributors will commemorate the 77 years that the United States and its citizens have benefited from the effective system of state-based alcohol regulation. On December 5, 1933, Prohibition was repealed in the U.S. when 36 states (a ≤ majority) ratified the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution, thereby repealing the 18th Amendment which began Prohibition in 1920. The American system of alcohol regulation, put in place following ratification of the 21st Amendment, gives each state primary authority to enact and enforce alcohol laws consistent with the desires and needs of its citizens.

“Today, the American system of alcohol regulation and distribution works to protect the public and provide consumers with unparalleled choice and variety,” said Craig Purser, president of the National Beer Wholesalers Association. “This same system balances regulation with competition, allowing American consumers of legal drinking age to have access to nearly 13,000 labels of beer from small regional microbrews, large multinational labels and imports from around the world – all delivered through a transparent and accountable alcohol system.”

America’s 2,850 independent, licensed beer distributors – and the 95,000 men and women in the industry – are proud to be part of this effective system of alcohol controls.


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