December 1933

21st Amendment Ratified, Prohibition Ended


Eighty years ago, on December 5, 1933, the United States ratified the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, paving the way for the modern three-tier beverage alcohol system.

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WSWA Key Issues

Advancing the Interests and Independence of Wholesalers

WSWA represents its members before Congress, executive agencies, regulatory bodies, courts, and other alcohol beverage industry organizations.
The association monitors and advocates on numerous federal, state, and regulatory issues affecting wine and spirits wholesalers and the beverage alcohol industry. WSWA is committed to promoting the integrity of the state-based, three tier system of alcohol regulation.

Key Issue - LIFO Repeal

LIFO (Last in, First Out) is a generally-accepted accounting principle that has been extensively used by large and small companies since 1938.

Key Issue - Flow Through Entity Taxation

WSWA believes that any tax reform legislation must take into account S Corporations, partnerships, limited liability corporations, and sole proprietorships as well as C corporation rates. Arbitrarily forcing flow-through businesses to become C Corporations will result in significant tax increases for American family-owned business.

Key Issue - Postal Reform

As Congress seeks to make the United States Postal Service (USPS) solvent, it is imperative that individual state laws concerning the direct to consumer shipping of wine, beer and spirits are respected.

Key Issue - Access to Alcohol by Minors

WSWA is committed to responsible distribution of alcohol and prevention of underage drinking.

Key Issue - Ignition Interlocks

While there have been significant decreases in the number of alcohol related crashes, fatalities and injuries in the last two decades, the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) remains steadfast in its commitment to fighting drunk driving.

  • Fly-In & “Toast to Congress”

    Flyin Register
    May 7, 2014

    WSWA’s Legislative Fly-In and annual “Toast to Congress” reception provide an opportunity for WSWA members to discuss current wholesaler issues with Members of Congress and their staff. Wholesaler members, WSWA staff and Advisory Council Members take to the halls of Congress, conducting meetings with leaders in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate as well as with members’ hometown elected officials urging them to enact policies that promote American family-owned businesses. For more information, contact Ali Prolago via email or phone: 202.243.7518.

  • CLD Conference

    Cld Register
    Jul 13, 2014

    One of WSWA’s most popular and successful programs is the Council for Leadership Development (CLD) Conference, an executive training conference where we help equip the next generation of industry leaders with the tools, skills and resources they need to succeed. CLD helps ensure that the next generation of wholesaler leaders is prepared to handle the varied challenges that await them and the industry in the coming years. For more information, contact Kari Langerman.

  • 2014 Fall Membership Meeting

    Oct 13, 2014

    The annual Fall Membership Meeting (FMM) is WSWA’s primary annual governance meeting where Board members start determining next year’s agenda and provide direction on legislative, legal and regulatory matters. The FMM also offers members the opportunity to network with fellow wholesalers and state association executives as well as engage with a host of interesting speakers. For more information, contact Kari Langerman.

  • U.S.-Style Three Tier System Could Address Beverage Alcohol Challenges in U.K

    December 29, 2013

    U.S.-Style Three Tier System Could Address Beverage Alcohol Challenges in U.K, WSWA Says

  • Who Are Wholesalers and How Do They Work?

    December 17, 2013

    The nation’s nearly 6,000 wine and spirits wholesaler locations are the crucial part of the responsible and efficient distribution system that delivers adults the widest variety of products available anywhere in the world in a manner that controls access for of-age consumers, delivers tax revenue to local, state and federal governments, and ensures product safety and consumer protection.

  • UK: Call for UK to adopt US' three-tier alcohol system

    October 30, 2013

    The UK should consider adopting a similar structure to the US' three-tier alcohol system to tackle alcohol duty fraud, a trade group has recommended.

  • We’ve Got Game! The Action Begins in Las Vegas

    April 8, 2014

    Today, a record number of suppliers, service providers, wholesalers and other beverage industry professionals arrive for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) 71st Annual Convention Exposition. This industry-leading showcase and program runs April 8-10 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

  • WSWA to Recognize Contributions and Success of Two Industry Leaders

    March 18, 2014

    The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) will salute the long records of business success, leadership and community service achieved by two industry veterans at its 71st Annual Convention & Exposition to be held April 8-10 in Las Vegas.

  • 80 Years Ago Today Prohibition Was Repealed

    December 13, 2013

    Eighty years ago today, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah became the last three of the required 36 states to ratify the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ending Prohibition and repealing the 18th Amendment.