Beer and Wine (But Not Liquor) Now Allowed on Military Bases


Recently, the U.S. military started allowing wine and beer to be sold on military bases, and now distilled spirits companies are asking why they’re being treated any differently. The Wall Street Journal reports:

Spirits companies have fought for decades to convince consumers and regulators that liquor should be treated the same as beer and wine. Now they’re taking on the U.S. military.

The Defense Department this summer began allowing military commissaries—the equivalent of grocery stores on bases—to sell beer and wine for the first time but not vodka, whiskey and other types of liquor. The ruling sparked an outcry among spirits makers who have since lobbied lawmakers to ensure their products can be sold in commissaries, too…

The whole article can be found here. R Street’s Jarrett Dieterle and Arthur Rizer have previously argued that soldiers should also be allowed to drink starting at age 18.