alcohol legislation

British Columbia Is Suddenly Awash In Craft Spirits. That’s Not an Accident.

British Columbia Is Suddenly Awash In Craft Spirits. That’s Not an Accident.

When British Columbia-based Victoria Distillers launched in 2008, its founders could count their local competition on one hand. At the time, nearly all of Canada’s spirit production was dominated by powerhouses like Canadian Club, Crown Royal, and Seagram’s. “In the beginning, the price structure was prohibitive for small distilleries,” Peter Hunt, a molecular biologist turned […]

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In the Age of Instant Everything, the Three-Tier System Persists, for Better or Worse

In the Age of Instant Everything, the Three-Tier System Persists, for Better or Worse

For a nation built on a bedrock of capitalism and free trade, America’s intentionally inefficient system of buying and selling alcohol feels counterintuitive. After all, alcohol distribution in the United States is closely regulated. Its three tiers, comprised of producers, importers and distributors, and retailers, purposefully add cost to the consumer. Many argue that the […]

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