The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents the 3,300 licensed beer distributors with operations in every state and congressional district throughout the United States. America’s beer distributors are local, independent businesses and leaders in their communities.
The United States today benefits from a state-based regulatory system for alcohol which was created 80 years ago as Prohibition ended. In 1933, the 21st Amendment granted individual states the primary authority to regulate alcohol within their borders. While the federal government plays a role in alcohol regulation, it is the state-based system that maintains an orderly marketplace and effectively controls the production, distribution and sale of alcohol. This successful model established an independent three-tier system for alcohol distribution consisting of a supplier or producer, a distributor and a retailer.
Legislative issues of concern to NBWA include:
- Tax Priorities
- Comprehensive Tax Reform and Pass-Through Businesses
- Employment and Self-Employment Taxes for S Corporations
- Last-In, First-Out (LIFO) Inventory Accounting
- Estate Tax
- State-Based Alcohol Regulation
- The Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)
- H.R. 498: Stop Underage Drinking Reauthorization Act
- Additional Policy Positions