December 1933

21st Amendment Ratified, Prohibition Ended


December 5, 2014 marks 81 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. 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.

  • 2014 Winter State Policy Conference

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    Dec 10, 2014

    The Winter State Policy Conference provides an opportunity for wholesaler state association leaders to discuss the political and legal issues facing wholesalers across the country. By comparing notes and discussing strategy, the meeting increases the effectiveness of state associations and allows wholesalers to speak with a unified voice. The meeting also allows WSWA staff to receive input from state associations leaders that is then used in the implementation of national legislative and legal strategy. Please click here to view the event agenda. For more information, contact Kari Langerman.

  • 72nd Annual Convention & Exposition (2015)

    Apr 12, 2015

    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. Mark your calendars for April 12-15 2015 in Orlando, Fla.

  • CLD Conference

    Jul 12, 2015

    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. The 2015 conference will be held at The Nines Hotel in Portland, OR. 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.

  • WSWA Announces Scholarships to Help 27 Wholesaler Employees’ Families Pay for College

    October 2, 2014

    Awards presented to 10 companies in 13 states

  • Beverage Industry Coalition Representing all Three-Tiers Says Congress Should Fully Fund TTB

    September 8, 2014

    Industry Groups Note Constructive and Effective Relationship with Regulator, Say Government Needs to Increase TTB Budget to Keep Pace with Changing Market

  • WSWA Welcomes Rebecca Noel as Digital Media and Communications Manager

    August 13, 2014

    Rebecca Noel has joined the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) as Digital Media and Communications Manager, the association announced today.