ALEXANDRIA, Va. – On this day eighty-five years ago, lawmakers ratified the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment, ending the 13-year ban on alcohol in the United States known as Prohibition and empowering states to regulate alcohol.
In celebration of this historic milestone, National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) President and CEO Craig Purser issued the following statement:
“Today, we raise a toast in celebration of the 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition and gave rise to the modern alcohol distribution system.
“With its passage, the 21st Amendment gave states the power to regulate alcohol within their own borders and separated the production, distribution and sale of alcohol to ensure safety for consumers and a competitive marketplace. Thanks to the 21st Amendment, today the United States is home to the safest, most robust beer industry in the world with more beer choices than ever before.
“The three-tier system of alcohol distribution has continued to evolve over the last 85 years, and each component – brewers, distributors and retailers alike – plays a critical role in the success of the beer industry. America’s 3,300 independent beer distributors are proud to be a part of this time-tested network and to commemorate the success of the 21st Amendment.”