ALEXANDRIA, VA – On Monday, September 17, America’s independent beer distributors will join citizens throughout the country in commemorating Constitution Day, which celebrates the formatting and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.
The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) issued the following statement on behalf of President & CEO Craig Purser:
“Today we raise a glass to our nation’s Constitution and recognize the pivotal role that beer and our state-based system of alcohol regulation have played throughout our country’s history.
Unlike any other product on the market today, alcohol has long been part of a passionate discussion in America – even owning the distinction as the only commercial product that can claim two constitutional amendments. The 18th Amendment took effect in 1920, prohibiting the sale, manufacture, and transportation of all alcohol in America. As history has taught us, “Prohibition” was an epic policy failure, and 13 years later the 21st Amendment repealed it. Section 2 of the 21st Amendment also gave birth to our modern-day alcohol marketplace, specifically giving states primary power to regulate alcohol to best fit the needs and desires of its citizens.
The system has aged well over the last 85 years – and much like the Constitution, it has evolved and improved over time. Our Founding Fathers would be proud to know that decades of robust constitutional discussions and regulatory debates at the state and federal level have forged a competitive and orderly alcohol marketplace today. Not all industries can say that – but the nation is better off for it.”
The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents America’s 3,000 independent beer distributors with operations in every state, congressional district and media market across the country. Licensed at the federal and state levels, beer distributors get bottles, cans, cases and kegs from a brewer or importer to stores, restaurants and other licensed retail accounts through a transparent and accountable regulatory system. Distributors build brands of all sizes -- from familiar domestic beers to new startup labels and imports from around the world – and generate enormous consumer choice while supporting 135,000 quality jobs in their home communities. Beer distributors work locally to keep communities safe by sponsoring programs to promote responsible consumption, combat drunk driving and work to eliminate underage drinking.