Alcohol Control Systems

Wholesale Distribution Systems for Beer

Laws addressing wholesale distribution of beer including State-run, private licensed sellers, or combination systems.

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Variables: Wholesale Distribution Systems for Beer

  1. Jurisdiction
    • The comparison tables include only 18 States with a State-run wholesale or retail system for at least one alcoholic beverage subtype.  The remaining States have license wholesale and retail systems for all alcoholic beverages (see Definitions for further clarification regarding license and State-run control systems).
  2. Distribution System - Overall
    • The overall distribution system is characterized as:
      • State-Run—A system in which a State has the exclusive authority to set the price of and gain profit/revenue directly from wholesale sales of all types of Beer (rather than gaining revenue solely from taxation) (see Definitions).
      • Mixed/Not Overlapping—A system in which some Beer subtypes are sold at wholesale through the State-run system and other Beer subtypes are sold through the license system, but none is sold through both (see Definitions).
      • Mixed/Overlapping—A system in which one or more Beer subtypes is sold at wholesale through both State-run and license systems (see Definitions). 
      • License—An alcohol control system in which a State licenses private businesses or individuals to conduct wholesale sales of Beer (see Definitions).  
  3. Distribution System - By Beer Subtype
    • The Distribution system for specific Beer subtypes is categorized as:
      • State-Run—A system in which a State sets the price of and gains profit/revenue directly from wholesale sales of the Beer subtype (rather than solely from taxation) (see Definitions).
      • Both—A system in which the identical Beer subtype is sold at wholesale through both State-run and license systems.
      • License—A system in which wholesale sales of the Beer subtype are conducted by private businesses or individuals who are licensed by the State for that purpose (see Definitions).

A Beer subtype is assigned to an Indeterminate category when a lack of clarity in the statutes or regulations makes it impossible to determine with certainty how the subtype is distributed.