What is the Three-Tier System?

Following the repeal of Prohibition, states created a three-tier alcohol distribution system which strikes a careful balance between control and access of this socially important but potentially harmful product.

In this system, brewers and wineries sell their products to distributors, and distributors market, sell and safely deliver those beverages to retailers. Independent distributors are the indispensable buffer between brewers and retailers, preventing dangerous practices, while delivering unprecedented consumer choice, variety and safety.

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