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.

Beverage Alcohol Industry Unites for Celebration at National Archives

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—A crowd of more than 600 came together June 10 to celebrate the industry’s unique role in history and mark their support for the “Spirited Republic” exhibition now open at the National Archives.

The event was held inside the archives public display rooms located in the historic building on the national mall and gave attendees a first-hand opportunity to view the nation’s founding documents as well as the recently opened exhibition, “Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History” which centers around nearly 100 original holdings dealing with alcohol production, distribution, sales, patents, regulation, advertising, social responsibility and Prohibition.

The Wednesday evening reception was hosted by nine industry groups: Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America; Distilled Spirits Council of the United States; National Beer Wholesalers Association; The Beer Institute; The Presidents’ Forum of the Distilled Spirits Industry; The Wine Institute; Wine America; American Beverage Licensees; and, the National Association of Beverage Importers.

“The Spirited Republic exhibition provided a great opportunity for representatives of all tiers and segments of the beverage alcohol industry to come together to salute our industry’s unique role in history, our record of quality, safety, social responsibility and community engagement,” said Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America President and CEO Craig Wolf.

“The National Archives was a fitting location for our associations’ staff and membership to join with elected and Administration officials as well as other prominent Washington, D.C.-based advocates and media, to toast the contributions of our industry to the nation’s history, to celebrate the constructive relationship our industry associations and members maintain with each other as well as the government officials who effectively regulate and provide oversight over our industry,” Wolf added.

For more information on the “Spirited Republic” exhibition, click here. To learn more about each of the organizations sponsoring the event, click on the hyperlinked names in the list above. A condensed Facebook gallery of event photos is available here; a complete gallery of event photos will be available Monday, June 15 in the media section of

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