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.

  • 2017 Fall Membership Meeting

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    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. View the 2017 agenda. For more information, contact Kari Langerman. 2017 Fall Membership Meeting The Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC October 16-17, 2017

  • 2017 Winter State Policy Conference

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    Dec 6, 2017

    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 WSWA staff use this as an opportunity to receive input from state associations leaders and the implementation of national legislative and legal goals. 2017 Winter State Policy Conference The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, CA December 6-8, 2017 For more information, contact Kari Langerman.

  • Upcoming Meetings and Conventions

    Apr 30, 2018

    Mark Your Calendars: 75th Annual Convention & Exposition April 30 - May 3, 2018 Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV 2018 Fly-In & “Toast to Congress” June 12-13, 2018 Hotel Location TBD Washington, DC The “Toast to Congress” will be held at Eastern Market 76th Annual Convention & Exposition March 31 - April 3, 2019 Grande Lakes Orlando Orlando, FL 2019 Fall Membership Meeting October 14-15, 2019 The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC Washington, DC 77th Annual Convention & Exposition April 21-23, 2020 Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV

  • 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 Educational Foundation Awards $106,000 in Scholarships to Children of Distributor Employees

    October 5, 2017

    The WSWA Educational Foundation—the charitable arm of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America—is awarding $106,000 in scholarships to 53 recipients to help fund higher education expenses for the 2017-2018 school year.

  • WSWA Launches New, Information-Rich State Law Database

    October 2, 2017

    The trade association representing American family-owned beverage alcohol distributors has launched a new online database to assist industry attorneys and executives in all three tiers obtain detailed, up-to-date information on laws in each state and the District of Columbia.

  • Recent Study Shows Dramatic Reduction in Underage Alcohol Consumption

    September 28, 2017

    Underage Americans are drinking less than earlier generations but reporting concerning the latest consumption study is showing broader acceptance of marijuana which should raise concerns for both parents and policymakers.