The beer business works best when policy makers emphasize independence within the alcohol industry. Preservation of the independence of each tier of the alcohol industry in Iowa and 49 other states is accomplished through a tied-house law – a legal framework separating the interests of manufacturers and wholesalers from retailers.

Iowa’s tied house law prevents alcohol industry members from diminishing choice at the retail level and prohibits bribes, inducements, exclusionary agreements and any activity that would compromise the independence of each and every retailer.

This policy has provided wide market access and vigorous competition for the growing number of brewers, wineries and distillers entering the beverage alcohol space.

Beer distributors feel this independence and growth in the number of alcohol producers is worth celebrating and preserving.