What is the Three-Tier System? | NBWA: America's Beer Distributors

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Videos| Oct 14, 2014

Following the repeal of Prohibition, states created a three-tier alcohol distribution system which strikes a careful balance between control and access of this socially important but potentially harmful product. In this system, brewers sell their beer to distributors, and distributors market, sell and safely deliver those beers to retailers. Independent beer distributors are the indispensable buffer between brewers and retailers, preventing dangerous practices, while delivering unprecedented consumer choice, variety and safety.

What is the Three-Tier System?