December 1933

21st Amendment Ratified, Prohibition Ended


December 5, 2017 marks 84 years since the United States ratified the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and paved 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. 

Federal Key Issue - LIFO Repeal

LIFO (Last-In, First-Out) is a widely-accepted inventory accounting used by large and small companies throughout the U.S. economy since 1938. Virtually every WSWA member company uses the LIFO method.

Federal Key Issue - Pass Through Entity Taxation

Any tax reform effort must be comprehensive in nature – taking into account changes to both personal and corporate tax rates. In recent years, there have been attempts to force most pass through entities – S corporations, partnerships, limited liability corporations, etc. – to become C corporations.

Federal Key Issue - TTB Funding

Congress should fully fund the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) at $111 million in FY 2017, including $5 million dedicated to trade practice enforcement.

  • Distributor Productivity Summit

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    Jul 31, 2017

    Stay on the leading edge of change in the beverage-alcohol wholesale industry! Join us for: - Business Solutions - Educational sessions - Best practices - Latest technology - Networking opportunities This summit will help you with the most pressing issues in your business. Meet other distributors that have similar questions and can help provide solutions. For more information, contact Jo Moak or Emily Magram. Distributor Productivity Summit July 31 - August 1, 2017 La Cantera Resort, San Antonio Early Bird Price $550 *Ends April 30, 2017

  • 2017 Women's Leadership Council (WLC) Conference

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    Sep 14, 2017

    The inaugural Women's Leadership Council (WLC) Conference will take place September 14-15 in Washington, D.C. This first-of-its-kind event is designed to connect current and future women leaders in the wholesale tier. This is a great opportunity to further educate, inspire and equip WSWA members to expand their role in the beverage alcohol industry. For more information, contact Kari Langerman or Catherine McDaniel. 2017 Brochure 2017 WLC Conference The Sofitel Washington, DC September 14-15, 2017

  • 2017 Fall Membership Meeting

    Oct 16, 2017

    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. 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. 2017 Fall Membership Meeting The Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC October 16-17, 2017

  • 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.

  • Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Women’s Leadership Council To Hold First Annual Networking, Development and Policy Education Conference

    June 27, 2017

    The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) has launched a new educational, networking and professional development group designed for and led by senior wholesaler executives and employees from around the country—the WSWA Women’s Leadership Council.

  • WSWA President and CEO Statement on Ruling to Dismiss Lebamoff Enterprises v. Rauner

    June 23, 2017

    Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) President and CEO Craig Wolf today issued the below statement following a recent Illinois court ruling that reinforced the constitutionality and important societal benefits of the three-tier system of beverage alcohol regulation.

  • Ninth Circuit Ruling Affirms State Authority and Three-Tier Beverage Alcohol System Under the Twenty-first Amendment

    June 15, 2017

    Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in a 10-1 en banc panel decision, reinforced the legitimacy of the three-tier system of distribution and state authority under the Twenty-first Amendment to enforce tied-house laws protecting against vertical integration of the beverage alcohol marketplace. The case was Retail Digital Network, LLC, v. Ramona Prieto. Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) President and CEO Craig Wolf today commended the court’s decision.