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.

  • 75th Annual Convention & Exposition

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    Apr 30, 2018

    The WSWA Convention & Exposition is where distributors seek out new and exciting beverage products for U.S. consumers, meet with existing portfolio partners and look for services to enhance internal operations. This event will provide you with THE opportunities you need to introduce new products or simply grow your brands, products or services in the U.S. marketplace. 75th Annual Convention & Exposition Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV April 30 - May 3, 2018

  • 2018 Legislative Fly-In

    Jun 12, 2018

    WSWA hosts an annual legislative "Fly-in" for member companies to visit Washington, DC to speak directly with lawmakers, attend briefings and share the industry's position on how federal policies impact their businesses. This year's Fly-in will take place June 12-13, 2018. For more information, contact Arielle Broussard. 2018 Fly-In & “Toast to Congress” June 12-13, 2018 Trump Hotel Washington, DC The “Toast to Congress” will be held at Eastern Market

  • 2018 CLD Leadership Skills Conference

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    Jul 15, 2018

    CLD Leadership Skills Conference (CLD) is WSWA’s annual executive training program for the next generation of industry leaders. It was developed to help build an educational foundation of crucial legislative, public policy, marketing and trend information needed to advance careers in the beverage alcohol industry. The conference also helps to develop connections among the wholesalers as well as suppliers and service providers, peers and current industry leaders. For more information, contact Kari Langerman. 2018 CLD Leadership Skills Conference July 15-18, 2018 St. Regis Buckhead Atlanta, GA

  • By the Numbers: The Wine and Spirits Industry

    September 27, 2017

    American family-owned wine and spirits wholesalers are the local marketing and logistic experts in every state and every Congressional district. Members of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America deliver the widest variety of beverage alcohol products anywhere in the world in a manner that is safe, transparent, well-regulated, and efficiently taxed.

  • Who Are Wholesalers and How Do They Work?

    September 26, 2017

    The nation’s nearly 3,000 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.

  • WSWA President and CEO Craig Wolf to Depart June 30

    January 25, 2018

    Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) President and CEO Craig Wolf today announced that he will depart the organization at the end of June, capping an 18-year run at the association that serves as the voice of family-owned American distributors of wine and spirits.

  • Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Applaud Passage of Tax Reform

    December 20, 2017

    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), the trade association representing American, family-owned wine and spirits distributors, today applauded passage of the tax reform conference report that includes provisions important to WSWA members and their 74,000 employees nationwide.

  • WSWA Hires Three New Employees

    December 20, 2017

    Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America President and CEO Craig Wolf today announced the hiring of three new team members across multiple departments.