Distilled Spirits Council: Modernization Continues 85 Years After Prohibition Repeal

On the 85th Anniversary of Prohibition Repeal, the Distilled Spirits Council toasts to the spirits renaissance and continued modernization of alcohol laws and regulations across the country.

The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified December 5, 1933, repealing the 18th Amendment and bringing an end to Prohibition in America.

Since Prohibition Repeal 85 years ago, the distilled spirits industry has successfully advocated for market modernization, bringing spirits consumers greater access and convenience, while emphasizing social responsibility. States across the country have greatly modernized their alcohol laws and regulations, repealing outdated Blue Laws ranging from Sunday sales bans in 42 states to allowing spirits tasting in 46 states launching the premiumization trend.

“Consumers across the country have consistently demanded that antiquated alcohol laws based on outdated ideas be modernized,” said Distilled Spirits Council Senior Vice President Frank Coleman. “Modernizing the marketplace has sparked innovation, generating tax revenue and job growth throughout the hospitality industry.”