America's Knocking Back Its Liquor Laws, Slowly

R Street's Jarrett Dieterle was cited in an article by Erin Clark of Real Clear Investigations on how America's alcohol laws are slowly undergoing a wave of reform:

"When Nicole Mills threw an apartment-warming bash this April, shopping seemed a snap. Almost everything she needed – food, beer, chips and dip -- was within walking distance of her downtown Miami apartment.

Except for one thing: the booze. For that the 26-year-old Mills was forced into her car.

“After having a long day of work … it’s frustrating,” she said. “It added about an hour to my day, way more time to just get ready to have my friends over.”

More miles, more gas, more road rage just so she can make cocktails? Who wants that?

Fewer and fewer Americans, it seems clear... While the direction of reform has consistently pointed toward liberalization, it has a slightly different flavor in each state because of their particular history and culture...

Other liberalization efforts have chipped away, in some form, at the strict division of functions under the three-tier system.

Those lines between producer, distributor and retailer were first blurred in the 1970s as California wineries used the growing popularity of wine tourism to push for the ability to sell a souvenir bottle or allow tastings during tours, said Jarrett Dieterle, a policy expert at the R Street Institute, a free market think tank. The subsequent rise of brewpubs, and most recently craft distillers and breweries, continued the trend..."

The entire article is well worth a read: